If you are worried about not being able to play your sport after getting braces, you don't have to. You can absolutely still play sports with braces. You may have to be a little more careful than usual. Many young athletes play sports with braces every day. Braces will not affect your ability to play your sport. They are safe to play sports with. However, they do make it a little easier to get cuts and injuries to your mouth if you don't protect them properly.
Wear A Mouthguard
The number one most important thing to do is to wear a mouthguard. This can help protect your braces from getting hit by something. It will stop the braces from breaking or falling off of your teeth. It will also help protect your lips, gums, and cheeks from getting cut up. You can ask your orthodontist if your sport requires a mouthguard. However, most sports do.
The next step is to make sure that you have the right mouthguard. A mouthguard for braces is different than a normal mouthguard. Most orthodontists will provide you one that will fit perfectly to your mouth and your braces. These are usually made of a silicone material that acts as a cushion between your lips and teeth. They are a bit bigger than a normal mouthguard, but they are the most protective and the safest for you.
Do not try to make one yourself or use store-bought ones. The kind of mouthguard that you boil and mold to your teeth will not work. Your teeth will be moving positions due to the braces, so you don't want the homemade mouthguard to stop the braces from doing their job. Normal mouthguards can actually pull your teeth back into their original positions. The store-bought mouthguards are made of harder plastic that can irritate your teeth and increase the chance of injury.
If a serious accident does happen while you are playing, make sure to call your orthodontist immediately. They will be able to advise you on what to do next. You should also give them a call if you have any questions at all. They will be able to answer any general questions you might have, and they will be able to tell you everything you need to know.
Many famous athletes played sports with braces on in the past. Brett Favre, who was the quarterback for the Green Bay Packers, wore braces when he was a teenager, but it didn't stop him from playing football. Lashinda Demus won the silver medal at the 2012 Olympic Games for the 400m hurdles while wearing braces. Cristiano Ronaldo, a world-famous soccer player, wore braces when he was younger. The list continues with people like Dwight Howard, Serena Williams, and Missy Franklin. All of these people are amazing professional athletes, and they wore braces too.
This shows that even though you have to get braces, you can still be amazing at your sport. Just remember always to wear your mouthguard, keep in touch with your orthodontist, and keep working hard at your sport.
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