At East Cobb Orthodontics, it’s common to see plenty of braces repairs during the summer, due to kids’ activities.
To prevent things like broken brackets, irritated lips, or orthodontic emergencies, here are some important tips to keep in mind.
Wear an Athletic Mouthguard
Involved in sports? Even independent activities during social distancing can lead to accidents. Wearing an athletic mouthguard can help prevent busted lips and lacerations inside of your mouth if you fall down.
Keep Orthodontic Wax on Hand
If your kiddo is headed off to summer camp, make sure they bring their orthodontic wax. That way there’s an option for covering rough wires if something comes loose when they’re away from home.
Don’t Store Your Appliance in the Car
Summertime heat and the car don’t mix. Leaving aligners or a retainer in your vehicle could lead to warping and a misshaped appliance.
Re-Vamp Your Oral Hygiene Routine
You’re at home more these days, which means there’s no excuse for not having the time to brush or floss extra during the daylight hours. If you’re a normal twice-a-day brusher, try to brush three times a day instead. Not flossing like you should? Now is a great time to get back into the habit.
Choose Your Snacks Wisely
Indulging in summertime favorites like popsicles and ice cream may lead to tooth sensitivity with braces. Be careful before biting down into anything! Instead, opt for a softer option like a snow cone or sweet, ripe watermelon.
East Cobb Orthodontics is here to provide the ongoing support your smile needs. For more information about our orthodontic options for children and adults, contact us!