Make This Summer Something To Smile About
It is finally summer and now it is time to start thinking about Orthodontic Experts. For children, Summer means no school, sleeping in, and having so much time to do whatever they want. For the parent’s this means something totally different because all they want is for their kids to be very productive and not only sitting on the couch watching television. This is when signing up your children for sports comes in handy during this time. Thinking about braces is very important at this stage of life and a great time. It’s true! At Orthodontic Experts, you, the patient is our number one priority. Our team wants to make sure that your lifestyle, personality, and oral health are a part of creating a comprehensive treatment plan. Our orthodontic team of specialists work together to make sure that you are comfortable from the moment you walk into our clinics and to the moment you step out. The entire team feels that everyone should be given the chance for orthodontic treatment, that is why we service children, teens, and adults. By starting your orthodontic treatment over the Summer at Orthodontic Experts, you will get ahead and start on giving your child the dream smile that they have been waiting for without having to worry about their schedule since school is out.
In this blog, you will learn all about the tips for your braces during Summertime.
Protection When Things Get Heated
What is a Mouthguard?
Mouthguards are coverings worn over the teeth and often used to protect teeth from injury from teeth grinding and during sports. The mouthguard is placed in hot water to soften, then placed in the mouth and shaped around the teeth using finger and tongue pressure.
What are the benefits of having a mouthguard in sports?
When you have braces, you need to be extra careful during your outdoor activities because braces can increase the risk of injuries. One hit with a kickball or football to the face can create a painful situation to the gums, teeth, or cheeks with all the metal and wire in your mouth. That’s where mouthguards come in handy for all the sports players. It is very important for students to wear custom made mouthguards to protect their braces because this will prevent chipped, broken, and knocked out teeth.
Did you know that there are special “braces mouthguards” that offer essential protection for youth and adult athletes with braces? These are specially designed to conform to the upper brace brackets for instant comfort and prevention from lacerations. This particular mouthguard is made with 100% medical grade silicone and it adapts to the changes in the mouth structure as teeth adjust.
Also, mouthguards cushion a blow to the face reducing the risk of broken teeth or knocked-out teeth. Studies indicate that mouthguards reduce the risk of mild traumatic brain injuries and concussions because they help absorb the shock caused by a direct blow to the jaw. For instance, wearing mouthguards they can also protect the lips, tongue, and inner lining of the cheeks.
Who should wear mouthguards?
Kids, aged eight to twelve, who participate in basketball, hockey, baseball, soccer, football, and lacrosse are typically the most affected by lost or damaged teeth. Also, the children who have participated in even non-contracted sports like biking, skateboards, or climbing can benefit from mouthguards.
A lot of parents ask, when is the best time for their children to wear a mouthguard. The answer, in fact, is that it is very important for the children to wear mouthguards when they play sports or grind or clench their teeth. The best kind of mouthguard is a custom-fitted one that Orthodontic Experts can make for you!
Do you know the three types of mouthguards?
- Stock mouth protectors
- Boil and bite mouth protectors
- Custom-fitted mouth protectors
Ask one of our offices to show you the different types of mouthguards!
A Glamorous Smile, No Matter What the Occasion Is
Sometimes women feel less confident, while wearing braces and forget that they are beautiful no matter if they have braces on, or not. If you feel unsatisfied about your braces, our professionally trained orthodontic team would like to share with you some tips that will help you a little bit more to feel confident and beautiful to show off your dream smile to everyone. For instance, some ladies prefer to make an accent on their lips, while leaving their eyes and skin look completely natural. Others would prefer the complete opposite, but when you have braces on, the best solution is to enhance your other face features than the mouth area.
However, for the best results to makeup the highlights of your braces and your smile, choose a darker shade than compliments your skin tone. Matte lipstick can be helpful since glossy formulas are prone to get on your braces and smudge. Be sure to choose a shade of lipstick that makes your teeth whiter.
Here are a few tips to help you maintain your confidence, while you have braces:
When you start choosing a lip color, keep in mind that more natural, neutral colors will help draw attention to your lips instead of your teeth and braces. We would never want to discourage you from rocking a bold lip!
Pick the Best Formula for Your Look!
When you’re looking for a great formula to use, choose a balm, sheer gloss, or a matte liquid formula that will not transfer onto your braces. Also, keep in mind that if you choose to go bright or bold then definitely use a liquid base lipstick, which won’t smear on your braces and you will be glowing with your new dream smile.
Eyes are the next to focus on for your beautiful look
When you use eye makeup it tends to draw the attention away from your braces and towards your beautiful eyes. Use a little bit of mascara and some eyeliner because these can help you feel more confident, so you can showcase that beautiful dream smile to everyone to see!
Photos with Braces? It can happen that patients feel embarrassed about their braces on photos, so we would like to give you some tips on how you can enjoy your pictures more without hiding your smile. First of all, having confidence in yourself would definitely help you really shine in your photos with your braces. Also, having a relaxed, genuine facial expression always looks good on the pictures, as it is natural and creates an image of a confident personality. Patients can also make fun faces for the camera, doing this can relieve feelings of anxiety and vulnerability and make you look very confident.
Did you know that color rubber bands make it even more fun for photos? That’s right! Take the time to ask your orthodontist for rubber bands that we offer because we have a wide range of colors available that will look great on camera.
Travelling with braces can be super easy if you have the most helpful tips and that is why Orthodontic Experts come in handy to help you prepare. Especially since we are the number one Summer destination for orthodontic treatment!
If you’re worried that the next time you go to the airport your braces will set off the metal detector when you go through security, don’t be. The metal detector used for braces is not the same metal they’re looking to detect, and it is highly unlikely that you will set off the airport detector.
Pack everything you need when travelling with braces. When packing for your trip, don’t just grab your toothbrush and toothpaste. Think of everything you need to properly take extra care of your braces and teeth since you won’t be able to see your orthodontist when you travel. Bring a floss threader if you need one. However, if you wear Invisalign, always bring along your protective case to hold your clear aligners when you eat or drink. If you’re having an issue with your wires or brackets inside of your lips, use wax to prevent the pain. Furthermore, when most people have braces for a while, they develop effective routines that will help them keep their mouths clean. Unfortunately, when you travel it can throw off your routine a little bit, but it is very important to try to keep that routine going even when you’re travelling.
It is very uncommon for a vacation to be packed with a number of physical activities like hiking, swimming, biking, and other sports activities. For instance, while some of these activities are harmless to your teeth, others can harm them significantly. It is better to be cautious and put on a mouthguard to protect your braces and of course your mouth when you’re engaged in physical activities that may put your teeth at risk.
The most important task to do before heading out though before you leave for your vacation is to visit your orthodontist. Our team of professionals will make any necessary adjustments in equipment, if required, and ensure that your orthodontic treatment proceeds as planned. However, if you wear traditional metal braces, our amazing orthodontists will check your brackets and wires to make sure they’re firmly in place before you leave so you can have fun without worrying!
Celebrities? What? Braces?
Some people think that having a beautiful celebrity smile requires a lot of money and continuous visits to the orthodontist. As a top orthodontist clinic we will break stereotypes and prove the opposite to you. Most people don’t need to have major orthodontic interruptions to make their smile look better. The key components of keeping your teeth in a good state are regular brushing and flossing, and of course keeping up with your check-ups.
We have some cool celebrity tricks for you that will bring your dream smile to life!
- Pick the shade of lipstick that makes your teeth look whiter. You can try cold red, pink, or plum color.
- Relax and smile, but don’t force it.
- Find the right angle that makes you look best in the photo.
Your Best Summer Accessory
If you’ve been thinking about getting orthodontic treatment for your child, Summer might be the best time to do it. Here are the three top reasons why this is totally true:
Scheduling: Since there are no hectic school schedules, sports events, and extracurricular activities, the lazy days of Summer are an ideal time to make an appointment to see your orthodontist. Getting braces for your child usually takes at least three appointments, which are consultation, the bonding of your braces, and the follow-up visits. Booking all three appointments in the Summer makes it perfect before school starts, so your child’s dream smile will be on its way for the Fall!
Comfort: Braces can be a little uncomfortable at first when you just get them on. However, getting over the initial discomfort will be easier for your child when they relax at home. Eating soft foods at first may make the transition to braces easier, while certain other foods your child will have to avoid.
Cleaning: Your child will not only have to get used to eating with braces on, but they will also have to learn about cleaning them properly.
The Orthodontic Emergency Care Plan
This is quite a common question we get among our patients, “what do I do if my brackets or wires break?.” First, you should not hesitate to call our office and ask questions about your specific situation. Our team will be happy to return your call to provide you with information on how you can actually fix the situation on your own before you see the orthodontist. Also, try to make an appointment as soon as possible, just in case you cannot come in immediately and be seen. For instance, try rinsing your mouth with glasses of clean warm water mixed with a pinch of salt mixed in. Additionally, pain remedies will also ease all kinds of pain that come from the difference in tension resulting from a broken bracket or wire. Finally, you can take a look at yourself if the main archwire of your braces came out of the lube on your back teeth and then try to reinsert the wire back in. If you’re scared to do it, just place wax on it before you go see your orthodontist.
Feel Cool About Getting Your Dream Smile at Orthodontic Experts!
A beautiful smile starts with a free consultation with us. Once you had your initial consultation with one of our orthodontists and you know that braces are suitable for your child, then it is time to talk about the importance of braces. Try to imagine together with your child the final result and try to explain how beautiful their dream smile would benefit them in life. Also, it is very important for your child to know the process of getting braces, which we will be explaining right here in more detail for you.
A little bit of information to let your child know about having braces:
- Mention that the tiny brackets will be glued to their teeth and connected with a wire.
- They can choose from a variety of colors for their elastic bands.
- When the treatment begins for their dream smile, the child will need to come for regular adjustments.
- Mention that the process of getting braces is not painful and that they will experience some discomfort only for a couple of days, which there are a number of ways to manage these.
- Preparing your child for soft foods.
Choosing Orthodontic Experts is going to be one of the best decisions you can make when it comes to getting braces for your child. We want to make sure that your treatment proceeds as smoothly and effectively as possible. Therefore, it is so easy to get started with your orthodontic treatment. Just call us at (855) 720-2470 or schedule your complimentary consultation right here. This is where the dream smiles come true. We can’t wait to see you!