If you have braces and play sports, you won’t have to suspend your activities, but you should take some precautions to protect your teeth and mouth. If you take these precautions, you can continue to play and look forward to your new smile after treatment is complete.
Protecting Your Braces
If you play sports, you should talk to your orthodontist about how to protect your braces while you play. This is particularly important if you play a contact sport. The wires and braces are delicate, and can break if you are struck in the face. In addition, the metal braces can damage your lips, gums, or tongue in the case of a mouth injury.
You should already wear a mouthguard for your sports activities. When you get braces, you’ll switch to a mouthguard that is specially made to fit over your braces. This will help protect your teeth and mouth from injury or trauma. If you also have the option of using a face shield in your sport, this will provide even more protection.
Other Care for Your Braces
It’s very important to take good care of your teeth while you’re wearing braces. Your orthodontist will provide guidelines for your everyday oral care. This will include brushing after every meal and flossing regularly. You should carry a travel toothbrush with you so can brush when you’re away from home. Your orthodontist can also provide you with special flossing tools so you can keep the spaces between your teeth clean and free of plaque.
Dental care during your orthodontic treatment is vital, because the extra surfaces provide numerous places where food can build up and provide nutrition for bacteria in your mouth. This increases the likelihood of developing cavities or gum disease during your treatment. For this reason, everyday oral hygiene is very important, as is visiting your dentist regularly to keep track of any problems that might develop. The sooner any issues are diagnosed, the easier they will be to treat.
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