Braces and Sports Elmhurst
Creating the perfect smile does mean that you will have to live life a little bit differently but it is well worth a fantastic smile. Certain areas of your life which you may have to modify include eating, dental care and playing sports.
Your braces will not get you out of gym class but you should be more careful with your mouth, especially if you are athletic. A protective mouth guard is recommended for playing any sport, even soccer, to prevent your braces, mouth and teeth from damage.
Do not attempt to use an over the counter mouthguard that had been boiled and shaped around your teeth before braces, since it will not accomodate the space for them and break them! Ask us and we will provide you with a special one, designed for orthodontic patients.
If you are injured, check to see the damage done to your mouth and to the braces or other applainces that you have in your mouth at this time. You should immediately call for an emergency appointment if your teeth are loosened or knocked out and if the braces have been damaged. Until then, use some wax to relieve the discomfort, take some pain medicine and rinse your mouth with warm salted water.