I have always been an avid hockey player, and my love took a bad turn one day when I got struck in the mouth with the puck. It was a painful moment that left me with two teeth knocked out of my mouth. Had I taken the right steps after the accident, I could have possibly saved the teeth, but I did not know I had that option at the time. Thankfully, I worked up the courage to visit a dentist and ask what my options for teeth-replacement were. I was worried I would would have to live the rest of my life without smiling, but I was ecstatic to learn that I was the perfect candidate for dental implants. I created this blog to help others realize that there are so many options to replace missing teeth today that no one has to "just live with" an imperfect smile!
The summer brings on an exciting time that allows teens to recuperate from a long school year. During the summer, you don't have a routine of attending classes at a certain time, going to lunch at a certain time, and commuting back and forth from home at a certain time. When you have braces during the summer, you have much more flexibility when it comes to maintaining them properly. Heading back to school brings on a stricter routine that doesn't offer this same type of flexibility. Now that you are heading back to school, there are some tips you need to know that will help you care for your braces properly on the go.
Your orthodontist may require that you wear rubber bands on your braces. These rubber bands are designed to help line up your bite and add tension to your jawbone. It is crucial to wear your rubber bands exactly how your orthodontist shows you. Because the bands are made from elastic, you want to be sure you have extra with you when you go to school in case one of them breaks. You also want to replace them after you have eaten lunch.
You probably don't think school is the most appropriate place to be seen brushing your teeth, but you could be facing even more embarrassment if you don't. With brackets on each tooth, food can easily get stuck in all the metal. Even if it is not noticeable, it can stay in the brackets causing more damage. Bad breath and tooth decay are just two of the common problems with food left in your braces. Brushing your teeth can help remove debris caught in the brackets and in between the teeth.
One of the most necessary items to keep with you when you have braces is wax. All the metal in your mouth can occasionally cause sore spots. If you have a sensitive spot in your mouth, you will want to apply wax on the braces in that area to keep them from rubbing on your skin.
When it comes to band class, you don't want to have to worry about your braces getting in the way from playing your instrument. A musician's lip protector easily slips on over your braces so you don't have to worry about your braces rubbing across your lips and cutting them.
If you play sports after school or even in gym class, it is important to protect both your teeth and braces. A sport's mouth guard can help ensure your mouth is protected should you get hit by a ball or another player.
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17 November 2015