Can I Go Swimming With Braces?

Dr. Ingrid Barillas, Dr. Rodolfo Sanchez, and the team at Dental Specialists of New York get a lot of questions from their new patients who live in or work near Midtown East NYC about what sort of physical activities are safe to engage in with braces. One of the most frequent, especially in summer, is “Can I go swimming while I’m wearing braces?” Yes. Yes you can. With some things to remember to keep your teeth and your braces in Midtown East NYC safe.

Are braces safe to swim with?

Because braces are made out of a titanium-alloy, they are rust-resistant. The chemicals used in pool water also WILL NOT affect braces. Rarely, chlorine in pool water can deposit a brown film on a patient’s teeth (chlorine breaks down saliva proteins), however, regardless of the braces. It is nothing to be alarmed by and can be scraped off by a dentist during a routine check-up. This will not affect your braces or cause damage to them.

Are watersports allowed?

Dr. Barillas and Dr. Sanchez recommend that patients of Dental Specialists of New York wear a mouthguard while participating in physical activity. If you play a water sport such as water polo, you can go in the pool and continue to play even with your braces in Midtown East NYC.

Can I still go in the pool with Invisalign?

The chlorine in pools will not harm your Invisalign clear aligner. So, it is okay to remove your clear aligner when you go swimming in Midtown East NYC. However, if you swim multiple hours a day or multiple days a week, Dr. Barillas and Dr. Sanchez recommend you keep your Invisalign in while swimming. The Dental Specialists of New York associates want patients to remember that Invisalign should be worn for about 22 hours a day. As a result, if it is out for longer than two hours, it can prolong treatment.

Patients with braces in Midtown East NYC can go swimming and partake in all the fun associated with splashing around in the pool. Dr. Barillas and Dr. Sanchez of Dental Specialists of New York want to make sure that you are having fun with your braces while staying safe at the same time.


Dr. Ingrid Barillas, Dr. Rodolfo Sanchez, and the team at Dental Specialists of New York are braces experts. If you have any questions pertaining to Invisalign, Invisalign Teen, clear braces, or braces in Midtown East NYC, NYC, 10155 zip code area, Sunset Park NY, Park Slope NY, Midtown Manhattan NYC, or would like to schedule a complementary consultation with Dr. Barillas or Dr. Sanchez, contact Dental Specialists of New York at: (212) 661-2192.

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