Playing Sports With Braces

Playing Sports With Braces
Posted on 08/10/2016

Yes – You Can Still Play Sports With Braces!

The process of starting treatment with braces is an exciting time filled with new routines, new things to get used to, and plenty of questions. While the promise of a new smile is often thrilling to patients, our athletic patients often pose a familiar question, usually accompanied by feelings of trepidation:

Can I still play sports with braces?


An Easy Answer

Thankfully, the answer to that one is easy: absolutely! Whether you're a swimmer, budding football star, or play any other form of sport, you can rest assured that you can absolutely continue playing with braces. You'll have to be careful, and there are still steps you'll have to take to protect your teeth and orthodontic appliances, but braces should pose almost no impediment to sport and practice.


Wearing an Orthodontic Mouth Guard

That said, your braces are fragile, and one misstep can easily put them in danger – and your treatment along with it. When you practice or play your sport, you'll need to wear a mouth guard. This crucial device is manufactured to fit around your braces and sit comfortably in your dental arch, providing a necessary layer of support and protection from unwanted blows and hits to your braces. But don't worry – the mouth guard is easy to get at your local sporting goods store, easy to wear, and won't stand between you and your sport.


Contact Your Knoxville, TN Orthodontist

If you play sports and are getting started with braces, let us know and we'll create your own custom mouth guard for you. You can ask for one at the appointment where we put your braces on, or if you'd like to get one now, just call us at (865) 687-6560, reach out to us at our contact page, or request an appointment online and we'll schedule a time to create yours. In no time, you'll be back at the top of your game – and you won't have to worry about breaking your braces!