Playing sports is a fantastic way to stay healthy and have fun. If you’re an athlete or enjoy playing sports, having braces doesn’t mean you need to sit on the sidelines. At Imagine Orthodontic Studio, we ensure that your orthodontic treatment doesn’t interfere with your love for sports. Here are some essential dos and don’ts for wearing braces while playing sports to keep your smile safe and your game on point.


Wear a Mouthguard

Wearing a mouthguard is one of the most crucial steps to protect your braces and teeth during sports. A custom-fitted mouthguard offers superior protection and comfort. It helps prevent injuries to your teeth, lips, and gums when you have braces.

Maintain Good Oral Hygiene

Proper oral hygiene is always important, but it’s even more critical when you’re active in sports. Brushing and flossing regularly helps prevent plaque build-up, which can cause gum inflammation and other issues. Make sure to clean your braces thoroughly after practices and games.

Stay Hydrated

Staying hydrated keeps your mouth moist and helps wash away food particles and bacteria. Drink plenty of water during and after playing sports. Avoid sugary sports drinks as they can contribute to plaque build-up and tooth decay.

Be Prepared

Accidents can happen. Always keep a small orthodontic kit with you that includes orthodontic wax, a small mirror, and a toothbrush. If a bracket or wire becomes loose or damaged, orthodontic wax can provide temporary relief until you can visit Imagine Orthodontic Studio.


Avoid Contact Sports Without Protection

Never play contact sports without wearing a mouthguard. Even if the sport isn’t traditionally considered high-contact, accidents can occur. Protecting your braces and teeth should always be a priority.

Don’t Eat Hard or Sticky Foods

Hard and sticky foods can damage your braces. Avoid snacks like popcorn, nuts, and chewy candies during sports events. Stick to softer foods that won’t harm your braces.

Don’t Ignore Pain or Discomfort

If you experience pain or discomfort while playing sports, don’t ignore it. Check your braces for any loose brackets or wires. If you notice any damage, contact Imagine Orthodontic Studio immediately for assistance.

Don’t Skip Your Orthodontic Appointments

Regular check-ups are essential to ensure your braces are working correctly and to make any necessary adjustments. Skipping appointments can prolong your treatment time and may lead to complications.

At Imagine Orthodontic Studio, we understand the importance of balancing your orthodontic treatment with your active lifestyle. Our team is here to support you and provide the guidance you need to protect your braces while enjoying your favorite sports. Join our family at Imagine Orthodontic Studio and schedule your free consultation today. Let us help you achieve the smile of your dreams while staying active and confident on the field. Schedule your free consultation through our website or give us a call at (833) IOS-APPT.