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Wearing Braces During Physical Activity

wearing braces during physical activity

If you have recently gotten braces or Invisalign, you might be worried about how they will affect your physical activity routine. While it’s true that orthodontic treatment can have an impact on your workouts, it doesn’t mean you have to give up your favorite sports or activities. With a little bit of preparation and some tips, you can continue wearing braces during physical activity. Here are some tips for staying active and comfortable while undergoing orthodontic treatment.

Invest in a Good Mouthguard

If you play contact sports or participate in activities where there is a high risk of impact on your mouth, it is important to protect your braces with a mouthguard. We can provide you with a customized mouthguard that will fit over your braces and protect your teeth, lips, and cheeks. This will not only help prevent damage to your braces, but it will also protect your mouth from any potential injuries. Don’t underestimate the importance of a good mouthguard—it can make a big difference in your comfort and safety while playing sports.

Stick to Softer Foods Before Physical Activity

If you have just gotten braces or recently had them tightened, your teeth and mouth may be a bit sore. To avoid any discomfort while being active, try to stick to softer foods before a workout or game. Soups, smoothies, and soft fruits like bananas are great options that won’t put too much pressure on your braces. Avoid foods that are hard, sticky, or require a lot of chewing, as these can make your braces more uncomfortable and potentially damage them.

Stay Hydrated

Staying hydrated is important for everyone, but it is especially crucial for those with braces or Invisalign. Your mouth may produce more saliva while wearing braces, and dehydration can make this even worse. Make sure to drink plenty of water before, during, and after physical activity to keep your mouth hydrated. This will prevent any issues with dry mouth or excessive saliva while being active.

Communicate With Us

If you have any concerns or questions about how your braces or Invisalign will affect your physical activity, don’t hesitate to talk to our team. We can provide you with personalized tips and recommendations based on your specific case. Additionally, we can also give you some guidance on how to properly care for your braces while being active.

Consider Transitioning to Invisalign for Contact Sports

If you participate in contact sports regularly, you may want to consider transitioning to Invisalign for the duration of your treatment. Invisalign aligners are removable, which means you can take them out before participating in a contact sport and put them back in once you’re finished. This can be a good option for those who want to continue playing sports without worrying about damaging their braces.

Wearing braces during physical activity does not need to be a hassle. With these tips, you can continue being active while ensuring the safety and comfort of your orthodontic treatment. Just remember to communicate with us and take precautions to protect your braces, and you’ll be able to maintain a healthy and active lifestyle throughout your treatment.

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About the Author: Robert T. Ogden, D.D.S.

Dr. Robert T. Ogden D.D.S. is an independent orthodontist serving Central Florida since 1994, and is proud to be the affordable option for local families who want straight teeth that lead to perfect smiles, all backed by a kind and friendly staff that instantly makes you feel at home. We take the time to explain all of your options, from In-Ovation C clear braces or SPEED System metal braces to clear aligners like Invisalign™. Plus, our state-of-the-art offices are designed to make your visit as fast and comfortable as possible. Schedule your free consultation today!

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