Braces, Mouthguards, and Sports

Braces, Mouthguards, and SportsWe understand that orthodontic treatment can result in many changes to your everyday life such as your diet and oral hygiene habits. However, one thing that shouldn’t change is your participation in sports. Braces don’t always mean a spot on the bench for the season! You can continue to play sports while straightening your smile if you take some safety precautions. One way to protect your smile as you play is by using a mouthguard–especially if you have braces!

What is a mouthguard?

A mouthguard is a cushioning oral appliance made of flexible material that fits snugly over your teeth to help protect against injuries to the teeth and mouth. Mouthguards also prevent your jaws from coming together fully, reducing the risk of jaw joint injuries and concussion.

Why should you wear a mouthguard while playing sports?

Any sport can run the risk of mouth, teeth, and jaw injuries however some sports are a greater risk than others such as hockey, rugby, and football. These sports have a long record of causing tooth loss, chipped teeth, and broken jaws, and not all incidents occur at a professional level. Incidents can occur at any age, so we strongly encourage and advise our patients to wear mouthguards when they play or train.

Mouthguards are designed to absorb the impact and shock to prevent severe injury to your teeth, cheeks, tongue, and gums. Though you may think your braces are enough to prevent tooth loss, wearing a mouthguard in addition to braces will also protect your lips, cheeks, and tongues from lacerations if an injury does occur.

While traditional braces are a common and effective method to straightening teeth, there are other orthodontic options such as clear aligners and removable plates. If your child has a removable appliance, it may need to be removed for their safety during contact sports. However, you still need to wear a mouthguard while being active. Ask your orthodontist what treatment option is best for your oral health.

How to Choose a Mouthguard

There are two main types of mouthguards to choose from when making your decision: boil-and-bite mouthguards or custom-fitted mouthguards. As always, consult with your oral health team on which option is best for your needs. Make sure your mouthguard is designed to fit patients with braces for maximum protection and comfort. One factor to consider when deciding what mouthguard is right for you is how many mouthguards you may need throughout the season and whether a double mouthguard will be required for your sport. Some sports such as wrestling require mouthguards to cover both the top and bottom teeth.

Boil-and-Bite
Boil-and-bite mouthguards are made of medical-grade silicone and can be remolded several times if necessary. To use this type of mouthguard, the guard is heated to a boil and then after a brief cooling period, can be placed into your mouth to make an impression.

Some important notes to keep in mind when using this method with braces:

  • Do not form the mouthguard over the braces in a way that will pull on the brackets causing damage or potentially removing the braces off.
  • Before molding, be sure to cover your teeth and braces completely with a strip of orthodontic wax or foil. Without this barrier over the brackets, the mouthguard may seal around the brackets making it hard to get off and possibly damage your treatment or teeth. Once the mold is set, you can remove the barrier and wear the guard right over your braces.
  • Though this can be a great option for most, it is important to note that as your teeth move due to your orthodontic treatment, your mouthguard will become loose and need to be remolded.

If you select a boil-and-bite mouthguard, be sure that you select one that is designed for braces and has enough room to accommodate your teeth, braces, and gums.

Custom-Fitted
Your orthodontist or dentist can make you a customized mouthguard from an impression of your teeth. Though this option can be more expensive, it ensures a proper and comfortable fit. One of the major disadvantages of a customized mouthguard is that you will have to replace it regularly as your teeth shift with treatment.

Caring For Your Mouthguard

It is important to take care of your mouthguard as well. Bacteria will begin to accumulate in a used mouthguard, so be sure to clean them after each use. You can brush them with toothpaste or rinse them with an antimicrobial solution. With proper care, your mouthguard can last up to a year. Avoid chewing on them as this can damage the material and loosen the fit. We recommend patients with moldable mouthguards replace them every year to ensure optimal protection.

Dental injuries are very common in recreational and professional sports. That is why the best way to protect your smile while you play is to use a mouthguard. Mouthguards can absorb the energy of an impact to reduce the severity of injury to your mouth and jaw. For more information on mouthguards during orthodontic treatment or to schedule a consultation, contact Bracify 3D Orthodontics today.

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We understand that orthodontic treatment is a journey, and occasional emergencies can arise along the way. Whether you’re a parent of a child undergoing orthodontic treatment or an adult working towards a straighter smile, it’s essential to know how to handle common orthodontic emergencies with confidence and ease. In this guide, we’ll explore some common orthodontic issues and provide tips on what to do when braces break or discomfort arises.

Understanding Orthodontic Emergencies:

Orthodontic emergencies can range from minor inconveniences to more serious issues requiring immediate attention. Some common orthodontic emergencies include:

  • Broken Brackets or Wires: Broken brackets or wires are one of the most common orthodontic emergencies. This can occur due to trauma, biting into hard foods, or simply wear and tear over time.
  • Loose Bands or Wires: Bands or wires that become loose can cause discomfort and affect the effectiveness of your orthodontic treatment.
  • Pain or Discomfort: It’s normal to experience some discomfort during orthodontic treatment, especially after adjustments. However, severe or persistent pain should be addressed promptly.

What to Do When Orthodontic Emergencies Occur:

  • Assess the Situation: If you experience an orthodontic emergency, take a moment to assess the situation. Determine the severity of the issue and whether immediate action is required.
  • Contact Your Orthodontist: In the event of a broken bracket, wire, or other orthodontic issue, contact your orthodontist as soon as possible. They can provide guidance on how to proceed and schedule an appointment if necessary.
  • Temporary Solutions: In some cases, you may be able to temporarily alleviate discomfort or prevent further damage until you can see your orthodontist. For example, applying orthodontic wax to a protruding wire can help prevent irritation to the mouth.
  • Avoid DIY Fixes: While it may be tempting to attempt to fix orthodontic issues yourself, such as cutting a wire or reattaching a bracket, it’s best to leave these tasks to the professionals. DIY fixes can cause further damage and prolong treatment time.
  • Follow Your Orthodontist’s Instructions: After contacting your orthodontist, follow their instructions carefully. They may recommend coming in for an emergency appointment or provide guidance on how to manage the issue until your next scheduled visit.

Preventing Orthodontic Emergencies:

While some orthodontic emergencies are unavoidable, there are steps you can take to minimize the risk:

  • Follow your orthodontist’s instructions regarding oral hygiene, diet restrictions, and care of your braces or aligners.
  • Avoid eating hard, sticky, or crunchy foods that can damage braces or cause wires to become loose.
  • Wear a mouthguard during sports or physical activities to protect your braces and teeth from injury.

At Bracify 3D Orthodontics, we’re committed to providing comprehensive orthodontic care and support to our patients. If you experience an orthodontic emergency or have any concerns about your treatment, don’t hesitate to contact us. Our team of experienced orthodontic professionals is here to help you navigate your orthodontic journey with confidence and peace of mind.

Have you ever experienced an orthodontic emergency? Share your story and tips for handling orthodontic issues in the comments below.

Let’s support each other and empower individuals to take proactive steps towards optimal oral health and a beautiful smile.

Invisalign vs. Traditional Braces: Which Orthodontic Treatment Is Right for You? – A Comprehensive Comparison

Invisalign vs. Traditional Braces: Which Orthodontic Treatment Is Right for You? - A Comprehensive ComparisonChoosing the right orthodontic treatment is a significant decision, impacting not just your smile but also your daily life. With advancements in orthodontics, individuals now have more options than ever before. Two popular choices are Invisalign clear aligners and traditional braces. In this blog, we’ll delve into the nuances of each treatment to help you determine which option best suits your needs.

Understanding Invisalign

Invisalign has revolutionized orthodontic treatment with its clear aligner system. These custom-made, transparent trays gradually shift teeth into alignment, offering a discreet alternative to traditional braces.

Advantages of Invisalign:

  • Aesthetics: One of the primary appeals of Invisalign is its nearly invisible appearance. The clear aligners blend seamlessly with your teeth, allowing you to undergo orthodontic treatment without drawing attention to your smile.
  • Removability: Unlike traditional braces, Invisalign trays are removable, allowing you to eat, drink, brush, and floss with ease. This flexibility promotes better oral hygiene and reduces the risk of plaque buildup and tooth decay.
  • Comfort: Invisalign aligners are made from smooth, comfortable plastic, eliminating the discomfort often associated with metal brackets and wires. They cause minimal irritation to the gums and cheeks, making them an excellent choice for individuals with sensitive mouths.

Drawbacks of Invisalign:

  • Compliance: For Invisalign treatment to be effective, patients must wear their aligners for at least 20-22 hours per day. Failure to comply with this requirement can prolong treatment time and compromise results.
  • Limited Suitability: While Invisalign can address mild to moderate orthodontic issues, it may not be suitable for complex cases or severe malocclusions. Your orthodontist can assess your specific needs to determine if Invisalign is the right option for you.

Understanding Traditional Braces

Traditional braces consist of metal brackets affixed to the teeth, connected by wires and secured with elastic bands. Despite the emergence of newer orthodontic technologies, traditional braces remain a trusted and effective treatment option.

Advantages of Traditional Braces:

  • Versatility: Traditional braces are highly versatile and can correct a wide range of orthodontic issues, including severe misalignments and bite problems.
  • Predictable Results: With traditional braces, orthodontists have precise control over tooth movement, allowing for predictable and comprehensive treatment outcomes.
  • Cost-Effectiveness: In some cases, traditional braces may be more cost-effective than alternative treatments, making them accessible to a broader range of patients.

Drawbacks of Traditional Braces:

  • Aesthetics: Unlike Invisalign, traditional braces are noticeable and may affect the wearer’s confidence, particularly in social or professional settings.
  • Maintenance Challenges: Traditional braces require regular adjustments and maintenance appointments, along with diligent oral hygiene practices to prevent plaque buildup and staining around the brackets and wires.

Choosing between Invisalign and traditional braces ultimately depends on your individual preferences, orthodontic needs, and lifestyle considerations. While both treatments have their unique advantages and drawbacks, consulting with a qualified orthodontist is the best way to determine the most suitable option for achieving your desired smile. Whether you opt for the discreet convenience of Invisalign or the reliability of traditional braces, investing in orthodontic treatment is an investment in your long-term oral health and confidence. Please contact Bracify 3D Orthodontics to discuss your options today.

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Love and Orthodontics:

Love and orthodontics might seem like an unlikely pair, but they have more in common than one might think.

Both require patience, dedication, and a commitment to long-term happiness. Orthodontic treatment is not just about straightening teeth; it’s about enhancing self-esteem and confidence, enabling individuals to share their smiles with the world without hesitation. This Valentine’s Day, embrace the journey of love and orthodontics, knowing that every adjustment brings you closer to the smile you’ve always dreamed of.

Celebrating Confidence:

Valentine’s Day is a celebration of love, but it’s also an opportunity to celebrate confidence. For those wearing braces or undergoing orthodontic treatment, confidence in their smile can sometimes waver. However, it’s essential to remember that braces are a temporary investment in a lifetime of confident smiles. Embrace your journey, celebrate your progress, and remember that every adjustment is a step closer to the perfect smile you deserve.

Cleaning Braces for Valentine’s Day:

As you prepare for Valentine’s Day festivities, don’t forget the importance of keeping your braces clean and healthy. Food particles can easily get trapped in braces, leading to plaque buildup and potential dental issues. Make sure to brush your teeth after every meal, using a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste. Flossing is equally crucial, as it helps remove debris from hard-to-reach areas between braces and teeth. Additionally, consider using interdental brushes or water flossers for thorough cleaning. By maintaining good oral hygiene habits, you can enjoy Valentine’s Day with a confident, radiant smile.

This Valentine’s Day, embrace the journey of love and orthodontics with confidence and positivity. Remember that every adjustment brings you closer to the smile you’ve always dreamed of. Celebrate your progress, cherish your loved ones, and don’t forget to keep your braces clean for a healthy, radiant smile. With dedication and proper care, you’ll be ready to share your perfect smile with the world, spreading love and joy wherever you go. Happy Valentine’s Day! Please contact Bracify 3D Orthodontics today to make an appointment.

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Ring in the New Year with a Radiant Smile Your Guide to Orthodontic CareAs we usher in the New Year, many of us embark on a journey of self-improvement and resolution setting. One resolution that should be at the top of your list is achieving a confident and radiant smile. In this blog, we’ll explore the connection between the New Year and orthodontic care, shedding light on how we can help you achieve the smile of your dreams.

Embracing a New Year, Embracing a New Smile

The New Year symbolizes new beginnings and a fresh start. What better way to embrace positive change than by investing in your oral health and confidence? Orthodontic care goes beyond aesthetics; it plays a crucial role in maintaining overall oral well-being. We understand the significance of a healthy, beautiful smile in boosting self-esteem and overall wellness.

The Impact of Orthodontic Care on Confidence

A straight and well-aligned smile isn’t just about appearances; it has a profound impact on one’s confidence. As we step into the New Year, consider the transformative power of orthodontic treatments. Whether you’re considering traditional braces or exploring more discreet options like clear aligners, we offer personalized solutions to align your teeth and enhance your self-assurance.

Setting Orthodontic Goals for the New Year

Just as you set goals for fitness, career, or personal growth, setting orthodontic goals can be a game-changer for your smile. Schedule a consultation with us to discuss your orthodontic aspirations. Our experienced orthodontic team will guide you through the process, tailoring a treatment plan that aligns with your unique needs and desired outcomes.

The Latest Innovations in Orthodontic Technology

Stay ahead of the curve in the New Year by exploring the latest innovations in orthodontic technology. We pride ourselves on staying abreast of advancements in the field, offering state-of-the-art treatments that are not only effective but also minimize discomfort and treatment time. From digital impressions to cutting-edge aligner systems, we’re committed to providing you with the best in orthodontic care.

New Year, New Smile – Taking the First Step

Ready to take the first step toward a healthier, more beautiful smile in the New Year? 

Contact us today to schedule a consultation. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff will walk you through the orthodontic options available, addressing any concerns or questions you may have. Let the New Year be the catalyst for your journey to a confident and radiant smile.

As we embrace the opportunities and challenges of the New Year, prioritizing your oral health can lead to a transformation that goes beyond a beautiful smile. With Bracify 3D Orthodontics, achieving your orthodontic goals becomes a seamless and empowering experience. Take charge of your oral health journey in the coming year, and let your radiant smile be a testament to your commitment to self-improvement and well-being.

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