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My son/daughter does not want to get braces because they are afraid that the braces will prevent them from participating in sports. Any suggestions?

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My son/daughter does not want to get braces because they are afraid that the braces will prevent them from participating in sports. Any suggestions?

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Years ago people who wore braces were advised to avoid sports. However, in 1981 people started using orthodontic mouth guards. The mouth guards have allowed patients to continue to participate in sports while they have braces. Therefore, there is nothing for your child to fear.

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Years ago people who wore braces were advised to avoid sports. However, in 1981 people started using orthodontic mouthguards. The mouthguards have allowed patients to continue to participate in sports while they have braces. Therefore, there is nothing for your child to fear. • My child plays the trumpet. Will his ability to play be affected by orthodontic treatment? Be sure to mention your child’s musical abilities to the orthodontist. The orthodontist will install something called “lip protector” which will make it possible for your child to still play musical instruments. We have had reports of entire bands having orthodontia with no problems. • Can my child still chew gum with braces? Gum is usually not recommended. The gum can get caught on the braces and pull the braces off. Also the sugar in the gum can get trapped behind the braces and cause cavities. Still, you might want to talk to your orthodontist if your child really wants gum. In some cases, it may be possible for your ch

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