Those who’ve had braces understand the complications with playing sports. Metal wires and brackets require special care, and getting hit in the mouth with a ball can cause extreme pain. Invisalign provides teens with an easy way to avoid the issues of playing sports with braces. At The Smile Specialists, we recommend removing Invisalign before playing contact sports in order to protect your teeth with a protective mouthguard. Although Invisalign is a great way to align your teeth, it does not provide you with the protection needed when participating in contact sports.
Athletes need the protection provided from wearing a full mouth guard. Before playing sports, replace your Invisalign aligners with the mouth guard and keep your aligners in a sanitary case. Once the game is over, pop your Invisalign back in and continue aligning your teeth.
How Dr. McSurdy Can Help With Straight Smiles
The Smile Specialists are committed to improving your oral health by correcting your teeth and jaw. Studies show that a straighter smile leads to more confidence, better hygiene, and less risk of periodontal disease. Correcting misaligned teeth not only improves a person’s bite and chew, but it can even help with speech! Malocclusions, or misaligned teeth, can result in tooth decay or erosion if the patient’s bite causes their teeth to grind together. Similarly, misaligned teeth can create spaces where bacteria can corrode tooth enamel and lead to cavities or periodontal disease.
Dr. McSurdy uses cutting-edge orthodontic technology to treat patients throughout Pennsylvania. We believe in continuing our education and keeping up to date with the latest orthodontic findings in order to better provide patients with gentle, effective orthodontics. We are a top 1% Invisalign provider, and we help those with misaligned teeth get the smile they always wanted. For more information about our services, check out our website or schedule your first visit here.
Invisalign vs. Mouthguards
Although Invisalign is designed to improve your overall oral health by correcting misaligned teeth, it does not provide adequate protection during contact sports. A traditional mouth guard protects your teeth against impact, and most coaches require their players to wear one. While wearing Invisalign as often as possible is crucial to your orthodontic treatment, wearing a mouthguard while playing sports will protect you from oral injury.