Can I Still Play Sports With Braces?

Are you the parents of a young athlete who wants to play sports with braces? Or, maybe you’re worried that getting them braces would force them to give up the sports they love. At Cowan & Whitaker Orthodontics, we’ve got good news. Our Tuscaloosa practice, led by Dr. Whitaker, supports your kids’ active lifestyle. Even during orthodontic treatment. Whether your kids are into soccer, basketball, or any other sport, we’re here to show you how to play sports with braces. 

Yes, You Can Play!

At Cowan & Whitaker Orthodontics, we say “Yes!” to your kids’ and teens’ passions and hobbies. Particularly when it comes to sports. Many of our young patients often wonder if braces mean the end of their sports activities. The answer is a resounding “no.” In fact, our team encourages playing sports as part of a healthy lifestyle. And braces shouldn’t stop you from enjoying the games you love.

Wearing braces doesn’t mean sitting on the sidelines. With the proper precautions and protections, like a mouthguard (more on that later), you can dive into soccer matches, basketball games, and any sport that makes your heart race. Dr. Whitaker wants to make sure your smile is always ready for practice or game day. So, lace up your sneakers, remember your equipment, and prepare to play. At Cowan & Whitaker Orthodontics in Tuscaloosa, we’re cheering you on every step of the way.

Mouthguards For The Win

Mouthguards are your star players when playing sports with braces. At Cowan & Whitaker Orthodontics, we cannot stress the importance of this protective gear enough. A mouthguard is a super easy-to-use tool. It acts as a barrier between your braces and the soft tissue of your mouth, cushioning against potential impacts that can occur during sports.

Mouthguards are designed to absorb and redirect the force of a blow. In doing so, they minimize your risk of injury to your teeth, gums, and braces. Concerned about a stray ball, an unexpected fall, or a close encounter with another player? No sweat! A mouthguard keeps you safe, allowing you to focus on the game, not your braces.

Dr. Whitaker recommends wearing a mouthguard for any sport, whether a practice session or the big game. It’s a small step that makes a big difference in protecting your orthodontic investment. Remember, a mouthguard should be part of your essential sports kit alongside your sneakers and uniform. Let’s keep your smile safe and sound while pursuing the sports you love.

Can I Still Play Sports With Braces?

Types of Mouthguards

Choosing the right mouthguard is crucial for comfort and protection. At Cowan & Whitaker Orthodontics, we guide our patients through selecting the best option for their needs. Here are the main types:

Standard Mouthguards

Pros: Readily available and affordable.

Cons: Limited fit adjustment might not be ideal for braces.

Boil-and-Bite Mouthguards

Pros: Better fit than standard mouthguards, as they can be molded to your teeth and braces by boiling them in water and biting into them.

Cons: May not offer as precise a fit as custom-fitted options.

Custom-Fitted Mouthguards

Pros: Made specifically for your mouth, providing the best fit and protection. Ideal for those with braces, as they accommodate the braces’ structure and are comfortable for extended wear.

Cons: More expensive and require a visit to the dentist or orthodontist for a fitting.

Dr. Whitaker emphasizes choosing a mouthguard that fits well and offers the best protection for your teeth and braces. While custom-fitted mouthguards are the gold standard, especially for athletes with braces, your choice will depend on your specific needs, sport, and budget. Let’s ensure your smile stays protected, no matter which Tuscaloosa court or field you’re on.

Tips for Wearing Mouthguards with Braces

Wearing a mouthguard with braces doesn’t have to be a hassle. Here are some top tips from Cowan & Whitaker Orthodontics to ensure you’re comfortable and protected:

Choosing the Right Fit

Talk to Dr. Whitaker before picking a mouthguard. Our team can recommend the best type for your braces and particular sport. Confirm that the mouthguard covers all your teeth and doesn’t press uncomfortably against your braces.

Using Your Mouthguard

Wear your mouthguard during practices, not just games, to get used to it. Your teeth will move during orthodontic treatment, so ensure your mouthguard still fits well over time.

Caring For Your Mouthguard

Rinse your mouthguard with water after each use and clean it with toothpaste and a toothbrush at least once a week. Keep it in a ventilated case to dry out between uses, preventing bacteria growth. Don’t leave it in direct sunlight or hot water, as it can warp.

Replacing Your Mouthguard

Watch for wear and tear. If your mouthguard gets damaged or doesn’t fit anymore, it’s time for a new one.

Can I Still Play Sports With Braces?

Get Back In The Game With Cowan & Whitaker Orthodontics 

You can play safely and confidently with the right mouthguard, as recommended by Dr. Whitaker. Whether you choose a standard, boil-and-bite, or custom-fitted mouthguard, the key is protection and comfort for your smile. Remember, our Tuscaloosa team supports you every step, from selecting the perfect mouthguard to adjusting it as your smile transforms. Ready to keep your orthodontic journey on track while staying active? Schedule your free consultation with Cowan & Whitaker Orthodontics today, and let us help you achieve a winning smile on and off the field.

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