Orthodontic Treatment and Contact Sports: Is it Possible?

Many patients who wear traditional metal braces comment on how bothersome they can be. Sometimes, they irritate the mouth due to the metal wires poking into their gums. They can also interrupt their activities for the day, for instance, if they need to see their dentist for unforeseen circumstances such as a metal bracket falling off or a wire becoming misaligned from the brackets. These situations are especially inconvenient for athletes or sports enthusiasts who participate in limited to full-contact sports.

Introducing: The Revolutionary Invisalign

Recently, the dental industry has developed a revolutionary teeth-straightening device that provides the utmost convenience and comfort for its users. This device is the innovative Invisalign treatment, which comes in sets of virtually invisible aligners. Each aligner is made with a thermoplastic material that is customised depending on a patient’s needs.

Patients change set every two weeks, and it takes an average of twelve months to get the desired result. This treatment is an effective and discreet way to straighten crowded, crooked and gapped teeth. One of the biggest advantages of this treatment is that the aligners are removable so you can remove them whenever you eat, drink, brush and floss.

Can you Play Sports while Wearing Invisalign?

If you are an athlete or sports enthusiast and think that it’s alright to use Invisalign as an alternative mouth guard, you may need to reconsider. Every time you participate in sporting activities, you should remember to remove the aligners and place it in a clean container. Make sure you place the container in an area that will not be stepped on or get hit by a ball or other sports materials. Once the game is over, remember to pop in the aligners as they are most effective when continuously worn.

Safety for You and Other Players

Removing the aligners before playing ensures that you and the other players are safe. If you wear your aligners while playing, you are risking the chances of it breaking due to other players accidentally or intentionally getting in contact with your teeth. Not only would the aligners break, but you and the other player may also get injured.

A hard impact on your teeth will cause it to bleed while the other player may get a minor cut from coming in contact with your teeth. This will reduce play time and may even need to sit out the next game. Wearing a mouth guard ensures that your teeth along with the aligners are safe.

Andrew Thomas Dental Care’s Invisalign Treatment

Our practice provides Invisalign at Cardiff City Centre, and we also provide a free initial consultation where we can discuss if the treatment is suitable for you. Once we ascertain that Invisalign is right for you, we will make a free 3D scan of your teeth using South Wales’ very first iTero 3D scanner to show you what your new smile will look like after the treatment. We also offer a range of other treatments such as tooth whitening and General Dentistry. Call 029 2000 4595 to book your appointment.

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