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Can you tell me docs, is getting clear braces & playing a sport riskier than getting metal braces & playing a sport?

Can you tell me docs, is getting clear braces & playing a sport riskier than getting metal braces & playing a sport?

No difference: For the safety of your teeth, the integrity of the appliances, and to prevent severe soft tissue injuries to the inside of your mouth, ask your orthodontist for an orthodontic mouth guard. Wear it all the time, including during practice. ...Read more

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Dr. Katharine Cox
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Braces (Definition)

They are used in orthodontics. The braces are put onto the teeth at precise anatomical locations, and wire runs through the braces and brings teeth into proper alignment. This is a very short answer for a very ...Read more


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Will wearing a knee brace while playing sports make it less likely to have an injury or more likely?

Will wearing a knee brace while playing sports make it less likely to have an injury or more likely?

Stability: The thought is that wearing a knee brace helps to stabilize the knee and associated ligaments and tendons when you are experiencing pain or minor injury. I see the brace as a protective factor while playing sports if you are dealing with knee tendon or ligament strain/pain. I doubt if it would really benefit or protect you to wear one if no injury exists however. ...Read more

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I have had an Acl injury complete tear I took a rest from sports activites these past 2 month can I play sports activites awhile wearing acl brace?

I have had an Acl injury complete tear
I took a rest from sports activites these past 2 month can I play sports activites awhile wearing acl brace?

Varies: You can try it, but you need to understand that if you have an ACL deficient knee and play sports, there is a fairly high risk you can damage other parts if your knee such as a meniscus. Con general, patients who are low demand and don't play sports do better with an ACL deficient knee than those that want to stay active. The braces don't do a lot to change that in my opinion. ...Read more

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Is a brace necessary for sports after ACL surgery? I am an athlete and am having ACL replacement surgery so that i can continue to be active. Will i need to use a brace to support my knee for the rest of my life when playing sports?

Is a brace necessary for sports after ACL surgery? I am an athlete and am having ACL replacement surgery so that i can continue to be active. Will i need to use a brace to support my knee for the rest of my life when playing sports?

Hello: Strictly : Hello: strictly speaking you do not need to wear a brace after acl surgery. Some patients like the supportive feel of an acl brace during rehab. In some instances and some sports, a brace may help protect against collision-related reinjuries. I do believe there is no strongly overwhelming evidence to mandate a brace or to avoid a brace, so i discuss the above with the patient and help them decide. I generally advise those who get a brace to use it for the first year back to sports, unless they do some higher-collision-risk sports infrequently (for example, skiing), then i would have no problem with their wearing the brace a couple times a year for those occasions for several years. I would have problems with patients who feel they "must" have a brace: then i would want to rule out residual instability, and if that is ruled out, work with those patients to make sure they are confident on their feet. After all, the acl reconstruction should provide stability! i hope this helps! sincerely, jim hsu, md seattle, wa. ...Read more

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I wear braces & while playing basketball i bumped into another player & my front tooth was hit. Bracket is ok but the tooth feels loose. Advice?

I wear braces & while playing basketball i bumped into another player & my front tooth was hit. Bracket is ok but the tooth feels loose. Advice?

Wait several days: During orthodontic movement the teeth are under stress and the periodontal ligament connection to the bone is at its least stable. Trauma will magnify this instability leading to a "loose" tooth. If the damage is reversible your tooth should "firm" up in a couple of days and there should be little or no lingering pain. If you have increasing pain and swelling then go see a dentist asap. ...Read more

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What mouthguard should I get for playing rugby with orthodontic braces?

What mouthguard should I get for playing rugby with orthodontic braces?

Check with: Your orthodontist. There are many different set-ups, so only he or she can recommend an appropriate mouthguard. Kudos for thinking about wearing one! ...Read more

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How come i see some 50+ men playing basketball easily and some 30yo ones wearing braces or sweating a lot?

Conditioning/discipl: It is all about taking care of your overall health.Staying in shape, exercising regularly, avoid overeating and obesity, not smoking, not drinking excessively, and thanking your parents for providing good genes all that makes the difference between those who live healthy, play healthy and maintain. ...Read more

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Should i wear a mouth guard for my braces while i play soccer and are there mouth guards that are compatible for braces with elastics?

Should i wear a mouth guard for my braces while i play soccer and are there mouth guards that are compatible for braces with elastics?

Absolutely: Better a live chicken than a dead duck. Wear orthodontic mouthguard for all contact sports (including soccer). Your orthodontist will have one for you. Do not wear the otc warm-up kind as these prevent tooth movement, therefore no braces progress. I've seen many tooth/lip/cheek injuries from soccer w no mouth guard, so ask your orthodontic specialist for help. ...Read more

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What are ways to fix space teeth? as a kid cousin played with me my mouth hit ceiling fan in 2004 doc said he will fix space before braces are on

What are ways to fix space teeth? as a kid cousin played with me my mouth hit ceiling fan in 2004 doc said he will fix space before braces are on

See an orthodontist: Orthodontic treatment is recommended for closing the gaps between your teeth.. Missing teeth create irregular spacing and braces treatment of spacing is achieved by either recreating the space for tooth replacements or complete space closure to avoid the need for implants or bridges. Call your orthodontist today. Orthodontic treatment is a smart long term investment in yourself. ...Read more

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How do I deal with stress when playing sports?

How do I deal with stress when playing sports?

Not sure: Can you be more specific? Do you mean the psychological stress of competition? Physical stress? What is causing you to feel stressed? ...Read more

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Why is it that i get spasms when i play sports?

Why is it that i get spasms when i play sports?

Several reasons: Depends on where you get them and if any other symptoms or underlying condition. Simple muscle spasms can be due to tight or deconditioned tendons and muscles, lack of hydration or electrolytes. Sometimes it can be a secondary, reactive issue due to an underlying problem such as nerve irritation. ...Read more

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What kind of sports can I play to lose weight fast?

What kind of sports can I play to lose weight fast?

Alot: Any type of aerobic activity is good for weight loss. You have to also remember to monitor your weight and intake. Your metabolism can be tricky when you begin to workout and you have to supply your body with the proper nutrients to continue to burn calories or run risk of going into a storage mode. Swimming is very good as both aerobic and anaerobic activity. ...Read more

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What is the correct way to strap ankles to play sport?

What is the correct way to strap ankles to play sport?

Not really helpful: Others may have differing opinions, but there is no proof i'm aware of that taping an athlete's ankles reduces the incidence of injury or protects an already injured ankle. Weak ankles are best treated with rehabilitation exercises. There are also sports braces which can protect an injured ankle and help prevent further injury. My advice is to consult a physical therapist. ...Read more

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How long after breaking arm before playing contact sport?

How long after breaking arm before playing contact sport?

Depends: This depends on many factors. This includes what part of your arm was broken as an example was it the shaft was it a part of your joint. How was it treated with cast immobilization or surgery. How far out are you from your injury and healing. In general i tell my patients that they may resume contact sports 4 to 6 weeks after removal of their cast or brace. Again this is a complicated question i would refer you back to your provider to answer this. ...Read more