Playing sports with braces can be dangerous. At Ridge Meadows Orthodontics, we recommend a protective mouth guard for all sports.

Having braces shouldn't stop you from playing the sports you love, but you do have to take extra precautions to protect your orthodontic appliances. Orthodontic appliances can cause a lot of damage if you get hit in the face, and they can be expensive to fix, too.

Mouth Guards

Protecting your teeth and orthodontic appliances while playing sports is essential when it comes to staying on track with your orthodontic treatment.

If you play sports, it's important that you consult us during your orthodontic treatment appointments for special precautions.

We strongly recommend a protective mouth guard for playing contact sports, to protect from potential injury. With the use of an orthodontic mouth guard, you can play practically any contact sport with braces.

Even if your sport has minimal or no contact, a mouth guard is still a good idea if you have braces! Physical activity always comes with an increased risk of injury.

Although you can play most sports with braces, we do recommend you avoid participating in sports where you're sure to get hit in the face, like boxing, and certain types of martial arts.

In Case of Emergency

In case of an accident involving the face, check your mouth and your orthodontic appliances immediately. If teeth are loosened, or if the appliances seem damaged, phone us at once for an appointment.

In the meantime, treat your discomfort as you would treat any general soreness. >> Learn More about orthodontic emergencies

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