Looking after your brace doesn’t need to be complicated. In most cases it’s a simple matter of making sure you maintain dental hygiene and avoid certain hard foods. However, if you play sports you may need to take a few more precautions.
The best way to take care of your brace during sports will depend on which type of brace you have.
What to do with your removable brace
If you have a removable retainer, your orthodontist will advise you to remove it before contact sports. When you remove your brace to play sports, you’ll need to make sure you put it somewhere safe. It’s always a good idea to carry the case around with you and to put your brace safely inside it every time you take it out.
We’d also advise you to make sure the case is put away in a bag or locker during sports games. Not only will this help to make sure your brace doesn’t get lost, it’ll also keep it out of direct sunlight which could damage the brace over time.
How to protect a fixed brace
If you have a fixed brace it obviously won’t be possible to remove it for sports games. Instead, your orthodontist may advise you to wear an orthodontic mouthguard. This will protect your brace from any knocks or bumps, and will also prevent the inside of your mouth from getting pushed into your brace.
Orthodontic mouth guards are different from regular mouth guards as they’re designed for teeth with braces. If you play a lot of sports, we’d recommend that you talk to your orthodontist about mouth guard options.
What should you do if you get injured?
If you do suffer a mouth injury during your orthodontic treatment, we’d suggest that you get in touch with your orthodontist as soon as possible. This is the case whether you’re wearing a fixed or a removable brace. Your orthodontist will be able to advise on whether the injury is likely to have caused any complications for your realignment treatment.
Would you like to find out more about removable braces? You can read about the Invisalign system on our Orthoclinc Borehamwood practice website.