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Braces and Sports

Many people in braces have active lifestyles.  We here at Zapfel Orthodontics would like to take this time to remind you how important it is to wear mouthguards while playing contact sports.  Wearing a mouthguard is recommended even for sports such as soccer and basketball.  Sports guards, or mouthguards, are very important in protecting your teeth, lips and cheeks, and even your brain (from concussion).  Even a minor bump to the lip can cause a cut in the lips or cheeks of a person wearing braces.

If you do happen to get bumped in the mouth while wearing braces, first make sure that you are okay.  If it is a severe injury, be sure you visit your doctor or go to the hospital for an evaluation.  For more minor injuries, you may use ice for any swelling if needed.  Keep any cuts in the mouth as clean as possible with warm saltwater rinses.  If a brace is loose, please call your orthodontist so they can advise you on what to do.  If a tooth is loose, please call your dentist or orthodontist.  Depending on the severity of the injury, your dentist or orthodontist may refer you to another specialist or a medical doctor.

After braces are removed, it is still important to continue to wear a mouthguard during contact sports.  Your orthodontist can fabricate a special custom-made mouthguard for you, or you may purchase a sports guard at a store.  After completing orthodontic treatment, it is important to protect your investment for a lifetime of beautiful smiles!

For More Information

Please call (763) 784-0420 or visit www.ZapfelOrthodontics.com for more information or to schedule a complimentary initial examination and x-ray.  Zapfel Orthodontics is located at 1130 NE County Road 10 in Spring Lake Park, MN 55432 and serves the Minneapolis/St. Paul Twin Cities including Coon Rapids, Blaine, Fridley, Roseville, Anoka, Brooklyn Park, Columbia Heights, and Mounds View, Minnesota.