Which Braces Are Best For Sports?
There are a lot of factors to consider when it comes to choosing which type of brace is right for you. There are key practicalities to take into account such as the severity of your malocclusion, your preferences for aesthetics and the budget you have to spend on your treatment. In addition to these factors, it’s also important to consider your lifestyle and the impact a realignment treatment programme might have on it.
One of the ways your lifestyle can affect which brace is right for you is whether you are involved in sports. If you’re on a team for a contact sport such as football, rugby or hockey, this is likely to be a concern for you.
Can sportspeople have traditional fixed braces?
Traditional fixed braces can be a problem for sports people. Wearing this type of brace could make you more vulnerable to serious mouth injuries.
In contact sports, it’s not unusual to experience a blow to the face. If this was to happen during your treatment period with a fixed brace, the metal could cause lacerations on the inside of your mouth. It could also result in the brace being damaged.
What about removable aligners?
Rather than traditional fixed braces, those patients who play contact sports may feel better suited to a treatment programme that uses removable aligners. This would mean that the aligners could be taken out whenever necessary during a game.
The downside with this solution is for those patients who play sports for more than a few hours a week. Aligners should be worn for twenty-two hours per day; wearing them less than this will significantly slow down treatment time.
Is there another solution?
There is another option. A traditional fixed brace can work well for sportspeople when paired with an orthodontic mouth guard. These can be custom made to fit over your brace. When worn during contact sports, the mouth guard will protect the inside of your mouth from your brace, and the brace from any chance of damage.