Sports Safety & Orthodontic Emergencies

Calling all athletes: this one is for you! Whether you’re a teen gearing up for basketball season or an adult playing rec football, if you have braces, you have to be extra careful taking care of your smile. Our team at Parks, Schmit, & Fuller Orthodontics is here to help you protect your teeth and prepare yourself in case of an emergency, so keep reading to learn more!

Protect Your Smile On the Court & Field

Defense is the best offense! To prevent sports-related orthodontic injuries, follow these tips to protect your oral health on the field. 

Be Sure to Wear a Mouthguard

Mouthguards are oral appliances specifically designed to protect your teeth while engaging in physical activity. By covering the teeth, mouthguards prevent injury to your teeth, lips, gums, and jaws in case of sudden contact. Although any mouthguard is better than not wearing one at all, the best mouthguards are molded to fit your unique smile. Store bought mouthguards that fit loosely don’t protect the brackets as well as form-fitting mouthguards that we make in our office do. 

Orthodontic Mouthguards

If you’re a patient of Parks, Schmit, & Fuller Orthodontics, we recommend that patient-athletes get an orthodontic mouthguard. We feel so strongly that we make these mouthguards in our offices for FREE during your treatment.  

When we complete your treatment and make models for your retainers, we can also create a customized mouthguard that is molded to fit perfectly over your teeth in their final position.  We feel it’s essential to invest in protecting your smile — after all, it’s the only smile you have!

Sports Safety & Orthodontic Emergencies

In Case of Emergency 

We all do our best to stay safe, but even the most prepared athlete gets hurt sometimes. When you have braces, you’re at a higher risk of hurting your mouth. Cuts and scrapes along your cheeks, gumline, or tongue can be painful and make eating an unpleasant experience. 

The brackets and wires that make up your braces are all made of metal. With all that metal in your mouth, there are more opportunities to cut your lips or cheeks against a bracket or wire. Sports injuries can break the brackets and wires, dig into the sides of your mouth and cause bleeding. 

Mouth injuries are unique. There are many blood vessels in the mouth, so oral injuries can cause a lot of bleeding. To a parent of an upset child or teen, that can look pretty scary! However, the best way to handle an orthodontic emergency is to stay calm and assess the situation. 

Cuts & Scrapes to Cheeks & Gums

If your child or teen has soft tissue damage, it’s usually because their brackets got caught up in the soft parts of their mouths, like their lips or cheeks. Although there may be a lot of bleeding that makes this type of injury look worse than it is, soft tissue injuries are the mildest orthodontic injuries — and the most common. 

Most soft tissue injuries heal on their own, but if the cut is big enough that the edges don’t meet, you may need to take your child to the emergency room or an oral surgeon for stitches. 

Dislocated Teeth

Sometimes, sports injuries can cause your child’s teeth to shift along with their braces. While this may seem alarming, don’t panic. Acting quickly and calmly is the best way to save the tooth. 

If one or more of your child’s teeth shift or fall out due to a sports-related injury, contact our office. Dr. Parks, Dr. Schmit, Dr. Fuller, or Dr. Wittchow can assess the situation and determine the best course of action.

Sports Safety & Orthodontic Emergencies

Get Your New Smile from the Best

Parks, Schmit, & Fuller Orthodontics is committed to providing patients with the highest-quality orthodontic care. We strive to ensure your experience in our office exceeds your expectations in every way. If you haven’t scheduled your free consultation with our team, don’t wait! Book your appointment today!