Safeguard Your Smile While Playing Sports

Orthodontics in Atlanta and Marietta, GAWhen you get braces, you need to make a few lifestyle changes to keep your teeth healthy and ensure beautiful results. Wright Orthodontics recommends you avoid eating things like sticky candy and gum, or foods that can easily get stuck in your teeth, like popcorn.

Besides protecting your teeth from damages caused by food, you also need to protect your mouth from injuries. Don’t worry – you won’t need to give up your favorite sports while your teeth are being straightened via braces, but you will need to take an extra step to protect your pearly whites.

A Mouth Guard is a Necessity

An injury to the face or mouth is painful, even without braces. When you’re wearing braces, these injuries can be exacerbated by painful cuts in your gums and teeth due to your braces scraping the inside of your mouth. Serious injuries can also displace or damage braces. To avoid such injuries, wear a mouth guard during high impact sports like wrestling, football, hockey, and rugby.

The majority of sports already require a mouth guard, but you’ll need to buy a mouth guard made specifically for people with braces. Try a custom fit mouth guard for the optimal comfort. Because your teeth are moving while you’re wearing braces, it’s also important to look for a mouth guard with a little room. When fitting it to your mouth be sure it doesn’t press too tightly against your teeth.

You only need to wear your mouth guard during the sporting season, obviously, but you’ll likely have braces for more than one season. For this reason, we recommend buying a new mouth guard each year to keep up with the changing shape of your mouth and teeth.

How Wright Orthodontics Can Help Protect Your Smile

Are you ready to straighten out your, or your child’s, smile with braces?  Come visit Dr. Marc S. Wright at Wright Orthodontics. Our office serves patients in Atlanta, Marietta, and the surrounding areas of North Georgia. Schedule a consultation online or call (404)-507-2078 to learn more about your options for orthodontic treatment.

It’s Hot! Hydrate with Water When You Wear Braces, Not Soda!

Braces in Atlanta and Marietta, GAThe hottest time of the year is here!  Whether swimming, playing sports, taking beach trips, or exploring outside, you’ll be sure to work up a sweat. It’s important to stay hydrated to beat the heat. Soda and sports drinks are tasty, but water is really the smartest choice to replenish your fluids, especially if you have braces.

Why are sodas and sugars bad for braces?

Soda pop contains damaging acids that can weaken enamel, leading to tooth sensitivity, discoloration, and other dental issues. Sports drinks are full of sugar, and too much sugar can lead to painful cavities and discoloration. These treats can be enjoyed in moderation, but regular intake can lead to serious dental problems that you’d much rather avoid.

What else should I do to keep my teeth healthy with braces?

When you have braces, it’s even more important to keep your dental health in check. On top of monitoring your soda and sugar intake, avoid sticky foods like candy and chewing gum. You should also be wary of foods that can easily get stuck in your teeth, like popcorn or nuts. Of course, you should always make sure your brush and floss thoroughly.

Should I still get my teeth cleaned by the dentist?

Even though you have regular visits with your orthodontist, it’s also important to keep up a routine visit with your dentist for teeth cleaning. You’ll need to get your teeth cleaned more often than usual while your braces are on.

Braces are an investment in your smile, and you want to do everything you can to ensure you have straight, shiny teeth when you get your braces off. If you don’t take care of your teeth when you have your braces on, you’re putting yourself at high risk for tooth decay and discoloration. You don’t want white marks where your braces used to be.

Are you ready to straighten out your, or your child’s, smile with braces?  Come visit Dr. Marc S. Wright at Wright Orthodontics. Dr. Marc S. Wright is here to help. He and his team are committed to creating beautiful smiles for every patient while exceeding expectations in the process.

Wright Orthodontics serves Atlanta, Marietta, and the surrounding areas of North Georgia. Schedule a consultation online or call (404)-507-2078 today.