Playing Sports with Braces

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Being active is very important to many teenagers and adults, and getting braces shouldn’t get in the way of that. You don’t have to worry if you play a sport and have braces. An orthodontic mouthguard can be used to ensure your teeth and braces stay safe and protected.

What Is an Orthodontic Mouthguard?

An orthodontic mouthguard is a large retainer-like guard made of silicone that fits around your teeth and brackets to make sure they are covered and secure. The soft and sturdy silicone protects your teeth from being directly impacted during intense sports.

These mouthguards are bigger than usual sport guards because they fit around your brackets and wires in order to protect them. While regular mouthguards are made from a harder substance and are usually firmer, the silicon make these orthodontic mouthguards different. In order to keep your braces padded and safe, the use of silicon helps keep your brackets from bumping or scraping against any hard surface or putting pressure on your teeth while playing sports.

Over the counter products are available, but you want to be sure that they are made for use with braces. Your orthodontist can also offer orthodontic mouthguards to fit around your braces perfectly.

Be sure to keep your mouthguard clean and cared for just like you would with your teeth with braces. You don’t want any bacteria or germs growing on your guard when you aren’t using it. Clean your mouthguard right before and after you use it. Brushing it thoroughly with a toothbrush and toothpaste or rinsing it with a mouthwash solution will kill and remove germs.

Read more about keeping your teeth clean with braces.

You should always tell your coach that you have or are getting braces so that they know your medical situation. It’s also important for them to know that you need to wear your mouthguard to stay safe.

What to Do If You Get Injured

You want to be sure to wear your mouthguard any time you play sports, even if it isn’t a high impact sport. Falling or being hit with a ball could greatly damage your teeth and braces.

If you don’t wear a mouthguard, an injury could result in broken brackets and wires, bleeding gums, and even broken teeth.

If you do suffer an injury, you should call your orthodontist immediately to schedule a time to come in and see them. You’ll want to get the injury taken care of as soon as possible. If it is a serious injury, you should go to the emergency room. Any kind of injury could delay or negatively impact not only your orthodontic treatment, but your overall health.

Don’t let braces keep you from staying active and following your sports passions. Get the right mouthguard to make sure your braces and teeth stay safe.


If you don’t want to deal with brackets and wires while you play sports, Invisalign can be a great option for you. Straighten your teeth with almost clear aligner trays that allow you the most freedom than any other orthodontic treatment option.

You will be able to wear Invisalign while you play your sports and can even wear a mouthguard as well. If you decide to take your aligners out during your play time, just be sure not to keep it out for too long as that could delay the treatment process.

Read more about what to know before getting Invisalign.

Want to learn more about mouthguards or how to play sports with orthodontic treatment? Call Charleston Orthodontic Specialists today at (843) 4-BRACES.

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