General orthodontic knowledge

Orthodontics and Sport

orthodontics and sport

Dental orthodontic appliances are strong, safe and successful tools that modify the teeth and bring you a smile you have always desired. Using orthodontics is quite a difficult decision for many people who exercise; but we are here to help you feel better about playing sports while wearing dental braces.

Playing sports with braces on teeth is not a problem, but you should refrain from sports where there is the possibility of getting hit in the head or face. If orthodontic retainers are used, it is best to remove them while playing sports.

If a heavy blow to your head has loosened your teeth, it is better to put the retainer inside your mouth to prevent the teeth from further movement, and see your orthodontist without delay.

doing sport by orthodontics

Is it possible to play sports while wearing dental braces?

This question is as relevant to adults, as it is to children and adolescents. Playing sports is a significant part of people’s lives and they don’t want to give up their favorite activities because of orthodontics, and they rather achieve the smile they have always dreamed of. Thus, the answer to this question is positive. You can absolutely play sports with braces and it will not bother you. But people who wear orthodontics should follow some simple tips when doing so, tips that people without them may also be required to follow to prevent damage to their face and teeth.

How should we protect our mouth and teeth?

When you do sports, there is the possibility of getting hit in the mouth by hard objects. That is why, whether you’re a football player, gymnast, skater, basketball player, cyclist, etc., it is wise to protect your teeth by using a mouthguard.

What is a mouthguard?

A mouthguard is a small and portable device that is made of silicon, rubber, or other protective materials. Mouthguards are placed on your teeth and orthodontics to keep them safe when your mouth is hit by sports balls, or elbows and knees of other players. There are many different types of mouthguards available today, including boil-and-bite, custom-made and stock mouthguards. But if you want a mouth protector that fits snugly on your teeth and does not make you uncomfortable, contact your orthodontist office and plan on making an appointment regarding a custom-made mouthguard.

orthodontics and doing sport

If you are injured while wearing braces

If you experience an oral-dental injury while wearing braces, contact your orthodontist as soon as you can. We strongly recommend using mouthguards when doing sports to prevent mouth injuries. Failure to do so could result in broken brace wire, gingival bleeding, or even tooth fracture. Thus, if you avoid wearing mouthguards while playing sports, in addition to damaging your teeth, you will have an unattractive smile and your orthodontic treatment will remain unfinished.

More tips on playing sports while wearing braces

1. If you are not sure to use a mouthguard, we have said it before and will say it again: Make sure you wear a mouthguard when you’re doing sports.

2. If needed, use other protective equipment. Depending on the sport you do and in addition to your mouthguard, you might need to wear a helmet, face shield, safety glasses, or other protective items. If you are not sure about the equipment you need, ask your orthodontist or your coach.

3. Be cautious when you play: Make sure you put your safety first when you enter the field. Concentrate on the game and pay attention to what’s happening around you (for example, objects or balls that are thrown into the air).

4. Be prepared for emergency conditions: If you’re faced with a minor orthodontic emergency, such as losing one of the brackets, keep calm and call your orthodontist. If you’re experiencing a more serious injury, make an emergency appointment and visit your orthodontist in person.

5. Always have a first aid kit on hand and make sure you know the location of the nearest emergency room as a precaution.

Dr Abdolreza Jamilian Orthodontist
About Dr Abdolreza Jamilian Orthodontist

Dr. Jamilian, an orthodontist, has a specialized fellowship in orthodontic surgery and maxillofacial abnormalities and is a professor in the orthodontics department of the Dentistry School of the Islamic Azad University. He is member of Iranian and European Board of Orthodontics (EBO) and is a member of the Iranian, American and European Orthodontists Association.

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