Orthodontics and Your Athlete

If your child plays sports, there’s a good chance he or she will experience a blow to the mouth at some point. Mouth injuries can be painful any time, but even more so while wearing metal braces if your mouth is not protected. Our Experts in the Art of Orthodontics are proponents of mouth protection during sports at all times, and especially during orthodontic treatment. For an active teen, you might want to see if Invisalign is an option. Invisalign uses a series of clear, smooth plastic aligners designed to gradually straighten and reposition teeth over time. For athletes who are good candidates, Invisalign provides some advantages:

Avoiding Breakage
When kids are hit in the mouth with an elbow or a soccer ball, metal brackets and wires may pop out of place, which may require an extra visit to the orthodontist. Invisalign trays however, fit smoothly and snugly over teeth and gums so they don’t break upon impact. For total peace of mind, Invisalign aligners can even be removed before a game or practice to make room for a traditional mouth guard (as long as the aligners are replaced immediately after playing).

Letting Your Child Focus
There is usually a lot happening on the field, pitch or court. Since there is nothing to break with Invisalign, it is one less thing to worry about during a big game.

More Convenience
Traditional mouth guards don’t always fit the best over metal brackets, so athletes in contact sports may need to order custom-fitted mouth guards. With Invisalign, athletes are able to remove the aligners so they can wear a traditional mouth guard to protect their teeth. In addition, brushing is generally easier with Invisalign aligners.

Trust Bankhead Orthodontists with Your Athlete’s Smile
When it comes to your active child’s mouth, we understand the importance of protecting teeth while straightening them. Our Experts in the Art of Orthodontics have helped hundreds of young athletes play sports with more convenience and confidence with Invisalign. Call one of our offices near you to schedule a consultation for your child today!

If you or your child need braces, work with the experts at Bankhead Orthodontic Specialists. These trained specialists offer traditional, lingual and clear braces as well as Invisalign® to provide
patients with highly customized solutions. Serving the St. Louis, MO, Metro area as well as southeastern Illinois they have six convenient locations to serve you. Call (636) 978-8848 today to schedule a consultation, and visit the website www.BankheadOrtho.com for more information about braces.

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