Month: August 2015


All kinds of summer activities keep the young and the eh hem, not so young among us busy outdoors. Dr. King is an avid supporter of JTAA Sports Teams and has sponsored teams from the time he opened his practice. (Come see his JTAA wall of Fame!) There are soccer teams, softball, baseball, football, you name it and it’s a pastime for someone! One question Dr. King is asked regularly is “Can my child safely play sports even though he/she is wearing braces?” The answer is YES; you can wear braces and play sports. It’s important to remember that this also applies to active adults who like to go mountain biking or join a ‘friendly’ game of football with the guys.


Like anything worth doing, it’s worth doing it right. You simply have to hold to your orthodontic treatment plan and protect your smile. There is no need to feel that you’ll be limited in your involvement with sports because you are wearing braces. In Dr. King’s office you’ll notice a supply board and one of the items you’ll find there is and ORTHODONTIC MOUTH GUARD which is recommended for use during sports to prevent potential injury. Using the proper mouth guard you can participate in just about any sport even though you are wearing braces.

A typical mouthguard for someone who is not wearing braces is made of hard plastic and if you were to get hit in the mouth, serious damage could be done. Likely you will find that the non – orthodontic mouthguard won’t fit as well as an orthodontic mouthguard will.

If the worst should happen and you get hurt while playing sports give Dr. King a call right away and he will be able to tell if you need an emergency appointment. At your next appointment special attention will be given to anything that may be broken, bent or requires repair or readjustment. You are in good hands with Dr. King. If you have any further questions feel free to go to the website and use the “Ask a question” selection or call the office. 561-747-5766