Sports and outdoor activities are a great way to stay active and in shape. From football to tennis to volleyball and even rock climbing, there are endless ways to keep your body and overall health in great condition. Unfortunately, these are some of the same ways you can easily break or damage your smile, especially while wearing braces. An orthodontist in Garland shares how you can protect your smile and keep brackets and wires intact while continuing to enjoy your favorite sport.
What to Do When Injuries Occur
The idea of broken wires and busted metal brackets isn’t a pleasant one. If you’re the individual wearing traditional braces, it might even make you cringe at the thought of your cheeks, lips, or tongue being cut or poked by protruding, loose metal. Even if a contact sport like football isn’t your favorite pastime, falling off your bike after hitting a pothole or taking a spiked volleyball to the face can result in the same serious injuries if you’re not careful.
Should this happen to you or your teen while wearing braces, you’ll need to call your orthodontist as soon as possible to let them know of the situation. Their dental team will walk you through how to handle the situation until you can get in for an appointment. Some of these steps might include:
- Working to stop any bleeding to get a better idea of where the injury is within the mouth
- Retrieving a knocked-out tooth (should this type of injury occur) and trying to put it back into the socket
- Applying a cold compress to any areas of the mouth that are injured, as it can reduce swelling
- Visiting the local emergency room if pain intensifies or bleeding does not stop
Ways to Protect Your Smile
Before stepping out onto the field or court, the first step you should take is into the dentist’s office to see about being fitted for a custom-made mouthguard. Used to help patients who suffer from bruxism (teeth grinding), these small, compact, oral devices are great for protecting teeth and soft tissues from sports-related injuries.
Even while wearing braces in Garland, your orthodontist can create a custom mouthguard to fit properly and comfortability within your mouth. These types of protective barriers are made with additional room for your braces, so you don’t have to worry about an improper fit.
Should you be injured during a game, your mouth will stand a much better chance of being unharmed than before. Your teeth, braces, and soft tissues will not experience a direct impact, which will work to keep everything in place while you continue to have fun on the field.
Continue to enjoy the sports and activities you love so much just remember to take the necessary step to protect your mouth from possible harm and injury. Talk to your orthodontist today about how you can receive your own custom-made mouthguard.
About the Practice
At Orbit Dental, we want both you and your teen to have a beautiful smile. When wearing braces, there are certain measures you should take to ensure your smile remains intact and on the path to becoming straighter and more aesthetically pleasing. Unfortunately, this can come to a screeching halt if injuries obtained while playing sports or engaging in extracurricular activities cause your braces to break and your teeth to become damaged. To find out how you can protect you or your teenager’s teeth from serious harm, visit our website or call (469) 277-2727.