The Smile Generation connects you with great dentists and orthodontists, like our regular "Ask an Orthodontist" contributor, Dr. Ron Maddox. This week’s question comes from Laura Chavarria, who asked:" I just got my braces removed and am now wearing plastic retainers. I just wanted to know if it was okay to wear my retainer during sports such as volleyball?"

Here’s is Dr. Maddox’s reply:

Dear Laura,

Being a volleyball player, you must have been very excited to watch the Olympics & see how well the USA women’s teams performed! Now that you have a “Gold Medal” smile it is super important to follow your orthodontist’s instructions about retainer wear. Most doctors would recommend wearing your retainers “full time” for the first 6 to 12 months after your braces are removed except when you are brushing, flossing or eating. When it comes to non-contact sports, I recommend that patients wear their retainers during practice, but leave them out during competition—we do not want you to miss a spike against the opposing team because your retainer popped out!

Any chance we will see you playing in Brazil in 2016?

Keep on Smiling!

Dr. M


Dr. Ron Maddox has been practicing dentistry for over 22 years. He is a practicing orthodontist at Crossroads Dental Group, a Smile Generation-approved office, in Upland, CA. He also enjoys surfing, golf, music and photography.