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Will braces limit participation in sports?

Written by Dr. Chaw Su Kyi on August 13, 2011

My daughter will be getting her braces soon. She is pretty excited but also a bit nervous. She is quite active in gymnastics; will there be any limitations in her sports due to the braces?

Gymnastics is a wonderful sport, and the braces should not limit her sporting activity. Initially the braces may rub while she is getting used to them but we will show her how to apply wax onto the brace. It’s good to hear that she is excited, but to reassure your daughter not to be nervous, if you both have a look on our You Tube channel:, there are some videos showing braces being fitted – it’s much easier than walking on the beam!

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