Staying active is an important part of maintaining a healthy lifestyle. It can be fun too if you find a sport that you really enjoy! However, it is well known that you should take steps, like wearing a mouthguard, to protect your smile from outside forces while you’re participating in certain activities. This can be a challenge if you’ve also committed to wearing Invisalign aligners as much as possible. Read on to learn how you can play sports while you have Invisalign in Montgomery, MN.
Can You Wear Aligners When Playing Contact Sports?
It’s great that you want to protect your teeth when you’re staying active. It is recommended that you remove your aligners while playing sports. Even though they are great for straightening your smile, they don’t provide your teeth with the protection needed to keep them safe. Instead, you should place your aligners in their case and wear a custom-made mouth guard when you’re participating. In fact, most coaches require that their patients wear one to prevent dental injuries.
How Does Invisalign Benefits Athletes?
Easier to Avoid Damage
Depending on the sport, metal braces are often much more likely to become damaged. If you get hit in the face, wires can pop out of place, brackets can become dislodged, and you will need to make an emergency visit back to the dentist to have it fixed. Not only is this inconvenient, but over time it could increase the overall cost of a straighter smile and even set you back in your treatment. Because you remove Invisalign while playing sports, you are much less likely to damage them.
Less Likely to Be Injured
When there are brackets and wires in your mouth, it is more likely that you will cut or poke yourself with them accidently while staying active. This is especially the case if your braces become damaged. With Invisalign, you don’t need to worry about injuries related to your teeth straightening option.
This is one of the best things about Invisalign. You can go through life without having to show off metal wires and brackets when you talk, smile, or laugh. With increased confidence comes greater motivation which can help you when you’re out on the field. You can be on a path towards a straighter smile without letting metal get in the way of your confidence.
If you like to stay active, Invisalign is a great option for you. Just remember to keep your aligners in a safe place and wear a mouthguard to protect your smile!
About the Author
Dr. Geoffrey Iverson is a family dentist serving patients in Montgomery, MN. He earned his DDS at the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry and has nearly four decades of experience in the field. He is a member of numerous professional organizations including the American Dental Association and the Minnesota Dental Association. Dr. Iverson provides Invisalign to his patients looking to straighten their smile. For more information or to schedule a consultation, visit his website or call (507) 364-7424.