Are There Activity Restrictions Once Treatment With Braces Begins?

As a general rule, most orthodontic patients aren’t restricted from everyday and athletic activities. With sports and activities that involve close personal contact, your orthodontist will likely recommend wearing a protective mouth guard to protect contact cuts and injuries to the mouth.

Your orthodontist will be able to give you recommendations for the best mouth guards for your braces. Many orthodontic offices can even order or make specially fitted mouth guards in-house. Note that most orthodontists recommend staying away from store-bought thermal mouth guards that you heat and mold to fit your mouth because these they can work against the work your braces are doing. Always check with your orthodontist before doing anything mouth-related that’s new to your lifestyle so that you can avoid things that may be counterproductive to your treatment plan.