Will Braces Interfere With Playing Sports Or An Instrument?

One of the most common questions we get asked by our parent and teenage clients is whether they will still be able to play their favorite sport or instrument after getting braces. While the answer is likely yes, there are some caveats to that, which are best discussed with your orthodontist or dental professional at a consultation.

There are many different type of braces available on the market today, and 360 Orthodontics is proud to offer braces options which will best fit your personal style and your lifestyle. When you come in for your braces consultation, we’ll determine based on your lifestyle, preferences, medical needs and budget which type of braces will work best for you.

Wearing braces should not stop you from participating in any of your favorite school activities. If you play a contact sport however, we do recommend that you wear a mouthguard during practice or any games in order to protect your braces, gums, teeth and the soft tissue in your mouth (wearing a mouthguard is actually recommended if you play a contact sport – whether you have braces or not!), and our office offers several different mouthguard options for you to select from. You may also purchase an over-the-counter mouthguard.

Your Los Angeles braces should also not interfere with or keep you from playing your favorite instrument, although there may be a period of adjustment for any instrument where you use your mouth in order to play. If you experience extended discomfort from your braces while playing an instrument, please call our office immediately. We have brace covers and other options that can help alleviate any discomfort you experience.

Braces will help you achieve the happy, healthy smile you are looking for, and they should be an asset to your life, not a detriment! When you wear braces, you should still be easily able to play your favorite sport or your favorite instrument. If you have any questions about the type of braces available on the market today, or which is best for you or your child based on certain activities they take part in, please call our office today to speak to one of our experienced professionals or to set up your free consultation! Play on!