With the start of school, many children and young adults will be participating in after school sports activities. During these activities, it’s important to protect your smile, especially during orthodontic treatment. This Q and A will provide valuable information about common concerns patients may have.
How do I protect my child’s teeth during physical activities?
If your child will be involved with activities that could involve contact such as football, basketball, soccer, and even horseback riding, a mouth guard can help prevent injury. Although you can purchase these appliances at certain athletic stores, the most effective mouth guards are the custom devices designed to fit your child’s mouth. Ask your orthodontist about getting fit for this appliance.
Do sports drinks really hurt your teeth?
Because they have a large amount of sugar in them, sports drinks can increase the chances of cavities. If you have one of these beverages, drink through a straw and rinse your mouth right away. To stay hydrated, water is the best choice.
Should I wear my retainer when I participate in sports activities?
Your retainer is designed to keep teeth in the proper position after your braces are removed. The appliance could get broken, so take it off during games or sports activities.
Can I wear a mouth guard with braces?
While you have braces, you need to wear a non-fitted mouth guard, which will protect your teeth without knocking the brackets loose.
What happens if I have an accident that damages my orthodontic appliance?
Contact Dr. Fototvat’s office as soon as possible for further instructions.