Playing Sports with Braces: Protecting Your Smile on the Field

“Can I play sports with braces?” This is a common question we hear from our athletic patients at Gulf Coast Orthodontics. The good news is that having braces doesn’t mean you have to sit on the sidelines. With the right precautions, you can continue playing your favorite sports while protecting your smile. Dr. Laboda and Dr. Rose have put together some essential tips to help you stay safe and active.

Wear a Mouthguard

The most important piece of advice for playing sports with braces is to wear a mouthguard. A mouthguard provides a cushion between your braces and the soft tissues of your mouth, reducing the risk of injury during contact sports. For the best fit and protection, a custom-fitted mouthguard is the way to go. Dr. Laboda and Dr. Rose can create one specifically for your mouth, ensuring it fits over your braces perfectly and provides maximum protection.

Use a Lip Protector

A lip protector can be an added layer of safety. It fits over your braces and prevents your lips from getting cut or irritated during physical activities. This can be especially helpful in sports where falls or direct hits to the mouth are more likely. Talk to our doctors to learn more about these protectors.

Be Prepared for Emergencies

Even with the best precautions, accidents can happen. Here are some ways to handle accidents:

Loose Bracket or Wire: If you experience a loose bracket or wire during a game, use orthodontic wax to secure it until you can see Dr. Laboda or Dr. Rose.

Mouth Injury: If you get hit in the mouth, rinse with warm water and apply a cold compress to reduce swelling. Contact Gulf Coast Orthodontics as soon as possible for further advice.

Enjoy the Game!

Playing sports with braces is entirely possible with the right precautions. Whether you are playing on the soccer field or basketball court, protecting your braces will keep your treatment on track and your smile safe.

At Gulf Coast Orthodontics, we’re dedicated to supporting our patients in all their activities. For more tips on playing sports with braces or to schedule an appointment, contact Dr. Laboda and Dr. Rose today. Keep smiling and enjoy the game!