Protecting Teeth During Sports Activities

Some sports are pretty rough and require a higher level of protection for the athletes. But, the injuries happen even then. Teeth are one of the most sensitive parts of the human body, and they should be protected in an adequate way. Boxing, for example, can be quite dangerous to them, and all professional boxers are required to have a mouth guard. Otherwise, they would easily stay without teeth and that would be a serious health and financial damage.

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However, many other sports disciplines require the teeth protection, and there are several ways to do that. As mentioned above, the mouth guard is one of them and is usually the most popular and the best known among athletes. Even ordinary people know something about it. The guard goes over the teeth into your mouth and protects them in that way. Its material is like a hard rubber but it is not too rough for the mouth. The dental guards are always manufactured in various colors and are certainly interesting while staying in the mouth. Especially for young kids that may be surprised with it. Still, they are not a funny toy and have another purpose.

For example, skateboarding is a quite risky sport and injuries happen often. According to, the majority of skateboarders do not use any kind of the protection. Some have not probably thought about it at all. Skateboarders are usually pretty young people, and they should know how to protect themselves during the sports activities. The mouth guard can be a suitable way to secure teeth, and it can be bought in many sports shops as well as on the Internet. It is even possible to make a custom guard which will be a perfect match for particular teeth. That way, skateboarders will have a better feeling while using it.

Fortunately, the mouth guards are not expensive and can be bought pretty cheaply. On the other hand, losing teeth is a fairly big problem. A dentist will cost you a fortune, and you will have a health problem at the same time. Besides, it is always better to have the natural teeth than the false ones. In order to protect them, the market offers some other solutions as well.

A hamlet is the second most popular product for protection. It goes over your head or face, depending on the model. Clearly, the hamlet will secure a larger area of your head, not only the teeth. It may be more comfortable in some circumstances because it does not go into the mouth. Still, this is a more serious product than the dental guard and the price will usually be higher.

These hamlets are manufactured in various shapes and colors. The protection is their main purpose, but they can be used for other things as well. Hockey players are using them during matches, and all have probably seen those big and strange hamlets so far. However, the teeth can be secured in some other ways as well.

Sometimes, there are circumstances when the risk exists but it is not too high, so you may try to avoid the classic protection. In order to stay safe, you will need to follow some basic rules. Paying attention is always necessary during the match and the discipline should be on the higher level. Teamwork and good communication among the athletes are also very important to stay safe from the beginning to the end. Trying to predict and avoid all risky situation is an additional way to protect your teeth. Still, it is not possible always but may be helpful in some situations. Your safety will certainly be improved by using all these rules, and your teeth will get a higher level of the protection.


Due to the kind of work they do, nurses need to be advised on the kind shoes fit for their work. They work for very long hours and standing takes more than half of their time. Standing for many hours predisposes them to conditions like deep vein thrombosis and varicosities. These conditions are the reason why nurses need to choose comfortable footwear all along to keep them safe. The shoes are of different designs, shapes, and varieties. The shoes perform differently and changes how nurses feel all over the day and if not comfortable can bring about confusion and thus stress. They should check the factors below when choosing their shoes.

Comfort and weight of the shoes are not to be undermined.

If the shoes are heavy then it is likely for the nurse to have a bad mood in the day. Lightweight shoes are so nice and fit when one spends time standing. Lightweight shoes and a pair of compression shoes improve circulation and flow of the blood. Also the shoe should be slip resistance and at times. There are chances of liquids spilling on the ground and a nurse should not fall from these liquids because it causes injury to both the nurse and the patients. Even if there are no liquids then they should have good slip resistance features.

The shoes should have ability to support them and have great stability.

Due to the fact that nurses work for very long shifts then stability and support is of importance for comfort and health purposes. By considering comfort and stability one should get back and ankle support which will reduce back and leg pain. Always they should check the heel, shape, design and the material for their own good.

The design and shape of the shoe matters too.

One should have the shoe that fits their type of feet to improve comfort ability. The shoe should be of great advantage, favor their medical conditions and fit their working surface. If one is not so sure about their feet they should visit the foot doctor for more advice according to their type of foot. In some institutions the shoes to wear are set by the company so one should check before applying but it is advisable that one should replace style with comfort when it comes to shoes.

Not all nurses who do their work standing all time some of them sit so the nurse should consider their work function. Even if it means having two pair of shoes to use when sitting and the other when standing it is fine as long as they are comfortable. The shoes may be costly but comfort given by them is more than that cost. The benefits are quantified in terms of better health and feet thus saving money for treatment.

Nurses have choices to make even in their sports shoes. They should choose the shoes which will prevent varicose veins and embolisms which lie on one of the side of spectrum. It does not matter which color they have but the shoes serve the same purpose. The sports shoes are of different kinds like the comfortable tennis shoes for the nurses and the clogs, slip-on and other unspecified footwear for nurses. The shoes are very are of different sizes and can fit all irrespective of their feet.


Your entire orthodontics treatment relies on various appliances and techniques that will help correctly align teeth and provide that healthy beautiful smile you’re after. Still, when so many things are involved in this, sometimes, it can go wrong.

From wires poking your teeth to brackets becoming loose, you’re likely to face small “accidents” in your orthodontics treatment.

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First of all let’s see what could go wrong and of course, what you can do in these situations:

Broken – loose brackets – as we know, the brackets are those nifty “jewels” that are glued onto your teeth. They allow the archwire to get “caught” into them and thus aligning and rotating teeth. How can it happen? Well, simple, if you’d like to know: you just bite something that’s tougher or chew something hard and the brackets can either break or, way often, just become loose.

They “stuck” to the teeth with a special composite resin, that’s similar to the one you’re having in your fillings. Well, while the “cement” is pretty strong, sometimes it can break. Your bracket will no longer “stick” to the tooth and it might poke your cheek a bit, depending on its placement.

Horror! What do I do now?

Well, just relax. I’m sure your ortho already told you it can happen (mine said it’s possible to have my “appliances” get broken), so there’s no need to panic. Try to minimize the problem and solve it. If your bracket fell off (I had one at the back of my arch, the first one, so I actually spat it out), try not to swallow it. If it’s poking your cheek, use that wonderful discovery called orthodontic wax, you should have this on you and it’s great. Call your orthodontist to let him/her know about the “accident” and schedule an appointment.

Yes, it’s that simple.

Protruding wires are the worst, since they poke you in the mouth and can cause various sores. Try to “stick’ them back with an eraser end or anything that’s NOT YOUR FINGER. Do not push it with your bare hands, it’s actually pretty sharp. DO NOT CUT IT either. Your orthodontist has a special utensil to cut these small wires, it’s keeping that small end from poking your mouth. So, don’t use ‘regular’ clippers, you’ll do a lot more harm.

Again, time to call your orthodontist and share your new event. Schedule a meeting and you’ll be safe.

Anything else that’s coming off or gets broken can also be solved, even if you lost your Invisalign trays.

Do not panic, that’s the first thing. Call your orthodontist to talk about the “accident” and see what can be done. Don’t swallow anything, don’t go guerrilla on them and cut wires or similar things. These small mishaps are NORMAL. Yes, some patients might be lucky to not come to this, but it can happen and most likely it will. These will not affect your treatment in the long run, so there’s no need to panic. Do have your small wax box with you, it can really solve a lot of issues.


Straightening your crooked teeth and solving your bite problems are not something that can be done in days. It’s not done in weeks either, but many months, even 2-3 years, depending on the severity of your case. This means you need to get ready for a long ride and have enough patience to successfully finish the treatment.

Your treatment means wearing some sort of an orthodontics device for as long as needed, plus many other bits and pieces that will come and go as your teeth get into the desired position. From now on you need to make sure you don’t make your orthodontics treatment even harder than it already is.

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If you weren’t too crazy about your oral hygiene, it’s time to change your attitude. All the stuff that’s in your mouth makes it now super-easy for cavities to appear. You’ve got braces and god knows what other stuff on your teeth. Clean them and make sure you still floss and keep your teeth as clean as possible. Being serious about this can make the difference between healthy teeth at the end of the treatment and teeth that are almost destroyed by cavities. It’s true you cannot have crystal clear teeth with all that junk on it, but, if you don’t brush and floss, you’d be shocked to see what can happen.


I know you like your chewing gum. If you’re an American, chewing this is almost a national sport. And you like your nuts and pistachios maybe. Or some good ole’ pop-corn. Well, if it can damage your braces, just don’t eat it. I love green apples. Well, I don’t bite into them as I’d normally do, but cut them to small pieces or just bite carefully. During my entire treatment I stayed away from almonds or anything that’s too tough to chew.


If you’re brackets come loose or something is not OK, call your orthodontist and see if you can get an appointment. Don’t panic, most of the time brackets would come loose because they didn’t stick to the tooth correctly, and it’s something your doctor knows how to fix and expects all the time. Just make the call, see when you can meet and have it solved. It won’t be the first time or the last time something breaks, so don’t worry.


If your orthodontist told you to come once a month or twice a month, don’t get smart and miss appointments. He’s the one to know how much attention your braces need and how frequent they need to be checked. While you’d love seeing your orthodontist once per treatment, when he takes off your braces, do follow the appointments calendar and make sure you’re not missing them.


I’ve had people ask me “how much do I need to wear my Invisalign”, trying to see how much they can keep it off their teeth and still not mess the treatment. Well, you know, if it says “as much as possible, then wear it as much as possible. If you need to wear a device 10 hours/day, wear it 12, if you need to wear something over 20 hours, make sure it doesn’t get off unless you’re eating and brushing. It’s needed for your treatment, don’t mess it up just because you’re not feeling like wearing that.

You have to understand that everything is FOR YOUR GOOD and your orthodontics treatment can be a success and a failure and you’ve got a lot to decide on this. Do your part. Clean your teeth, wear your devices, don’t mess up your own treatment. Because it’s you who’s got to suffer.


I’ve been that “nerdy” kid who’d love reading A LOT. Whenever I started something new, I always felt the need to know everything possible about that topic. After starting Karate, I read everything that fell into my lap about this, when having any health issues, I’d also read about this not only rely on my doctors. Of course, this never made me smarter than my physician, but it surely helped a lot, when having to deal with a diagnostic and treatments.

As you can imagine, when my orthodontics treatment started, I was very busy reading about various devices and treatments, how it should feel, how it all works etc. I’ve joined some top orthodontics forums, read tens of articles about my future treatment. My orthodontist usually jokes that, if I wanted to get a diploma, it shouldn’t be too hard and that I kinda know more than many students that study this in college.

Why is it important to know about Orthodontics?



Well, I’m kidding, but still, knowing about this treatment, how to find a good orthodontist etc. are important aspects to having a successful treatment. There are many AMAZING doctors out there, but lousy ones too. Such a treatment is VERY costly for a patient, not too much from a doctor’s perspective. A good chuck of the price covers their “handiwork” and of course specialization, so the investment is not that big, while the profit is pretty nice. This leads many people to become orthodontists, even if some are not that well prepared for this.

By knowing how to see a fake from a real one, what to expect in your treatment, you won’t be scared or easy to fool. More power to the informed consumer.


I knew IN DETAIL what my doctor is gonna do to me, what’s that paste he’s placing over my teeth, how my brackets will be attached etc. I was VERY RELAXED and fascinated in the end about everything happening to me. My orthodontist would add more information to what I already had read, since he knew I love knowing about this. The entire process has been a very nice one, with small discomfort, but nothing serious. I’ve had a super-positive attitude all along and it’s helped me tremendously. I can say my man is more “disturbed” for me wearing all kinds of devices, than I was.

Even now, as I am still under treatment, I have my initial pictures on the PC, I know where I’ve started, what worked and what’s slower to get results. Though I am not an orthodontist, I’ve surely done my homework.


I cannot understand people who get sick and know nothing about their disease. I’ve had friends with various illnesses (fortunately nothing serious) and I knew more about their problems than they did. How can someone live in such a state of total ignorance? Not knowing about your illness DOESN’T MAKE IT GO AWAY. It never does. But having some ideas about it, surely helps.

As an example, one year and a half I discovered some breast lumps. Before even getting to the doctor to see what’s there, I already knew how my scans should look for it to be breast cancer or not, what my treatment options were in any of the stages, even how my biopsy fluid should look if it was just a hormonal imbalance. Well, fortunately for me it’s just something hormone based, but I had my homework done like a pro. When I’d have my biopsy done, the moment my doctor started filling the syringe with the fluid, I KNEW it wasn’t cancer. The biopsy came clean the following day.

Knowing all my options and everything a non-doctor can about this, has surely helped me a lot. Even if I’ve done my share of crying, having a mastectomy at 30 is not really something to be happy about, I wasn’t that shocked as others would have been in a similar situation.

Going into the orthodontics treatment, I loved reading all I could about this. It’s my teeth we’re talking here, I wanted to know what good can come off it, if it’s worth it, how other people handle this problem etc. All this information helped me through the treatment and establishing an amazing relationship with my orthodontist too. He always talks to me as if I was a fellow doctor and this helped me gain even more information.


I’ve started my orthodontic treatment when I was 28. Back when I was a kid, orthodontics wasn’t so “famous” in Romania, not to mention my folks would have never had the money to pay for this. So, I had to go almost 3 decades with some seriously crowded teeth and many orthodontic problems. Of course, when I’ll have kids, you can image I’ll do anything to make sure they don’t go into adulthood with these problems. Here are 5 reasons why I believe having the teeth straightened as soon as possible is better than having to do this while you’re an adult:

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Let’s say that, after 7 years of age, I can start seeing if there’s something wrong with my kid. If his orthodontist can get his “hands” on the situation, while the teeth are still erupting and my kid’s jaw bone is not “final”, the entire treatment shouldn’t be as complex as mine for instance (I had braces, Herbst to bring my lower jaw in front, 4 extractions to make room for my huge teeth etc.)


For a long and complex treatment such as mine is, the price tag is pretty big. If the treatment started early, with less complications and things to solve, it would also mean less interventions and of course less money.


Let’s say that it’s normal to see teenagers with braces. Some consider that age as the “age for braces”, since most parents work on their kids teeth in that period. When half your classmates have braces, for a teenager that’s not a huge problem anymore. Of course they are so sensitive about their looks, but, once so many kids their age “sport” their metal teeth, it’s less traumatic for them. Not to mention their treatment is shorter than mine, an an adult, and the results show faster.

When they’re getting ready to have their hearts broken, they’re teeth are perfect. Having braces as an adult can take a toll on your social life, since some people are not attracted by someone who’s got “something” on their teeth. I’d personally stay far from such people, but, hey, it’s love and love doesn’t choose.


As a kin, no one cares about my slight lisp or “metal smile”. As a professional, having braces wasn’t a pleasure. I was close to 30, working at a radio station. My treatment had to be tailored specially for me, since I couldn’t afford having a lisp. It would actually mean losing my job. Not to mention that, as a web designer with my own business, meeting with the clients and having braces, didn’t always go well. Some people are not educated and some were actually pretty disgusted. I know such clients are not gonna be the love of my life, but losing jobs because of my braces wouldn’t have been pretty. In the end, it’s all about the money.


The fact my folks couldn’t afford the orthodontic treatment or didn’t care, I was beautiful for them anyway, didn’t make the problem go away. In fact, my teeth were pretty bad because of all the crowding. Not having a healthy bite meant jaw pains from time to time and even getting my jaws “locked” couple of times.

So, if your kid doesn’t have good teeth, don’t wait. Go see an orthodontist and start making changes as soon as possible. He/she’d grow with good healthy teeth, a beautiful smile and all the confidence that comes from this.


We know about the various orthodontics devices (braces, Invisalign, Incognito etc.), but it would be nice for our readers to also know what are the first steps for their orthodontics treatment and what needs to be done before smiling with braces or brand new Invisalign trays on their teeth.



When you get ready for your orthodontics treatment, your doctor will have to asses your overall dental situation. For these you’ll have photos taken of your face (from the front and also profile) and also photos of your teeth and arches.

X-Rays help your orthodontist spot any problems with your teeth and also see how your orthodontic problems look like.

The final step in this moment is having a mold taken. This will provide all the details about your malocclusion and how crooked your teeth actually are.

If you haven’t seen your dentist before going to the orthodontist, all this data will be important for your teeth cleaning and repairing. You shouldn’t have braces put on unless you have ALL your teeth healthy and cavity filled and also your teeth professionally cleaned.

The orthodontist will create your individual treatment plan

Armed with all the data and having your teeth sparkling clean and healthy, it’s time for your doctor to start planning your treatment.

Each patient is unique and has different problems to solve. Even if in some cases your orthodontist uses the same devices (braces, power-chains etc.), this doesn’t make your treatment similar to mine for instance.

This is the moment your orthodontist needs to show his true knowledge and experience, to offer a solution to your dental problems in the best way that suits your needs and solves those problems.

If you prefer a type of treatment (for me having braces wasn’t OK, since I was working as a radio DJ and couldn’t afford a lisp, so we used Invisalign), you need to tell your doctor this and also see if it can work on you and how it would function.

After your orthodontist has decided on the treatment plan, you’ll both meet to discuss it. Don’t be shy, ask ANYTHING. It’s your time to get as much information as possible, share your opinion and see how you both construct the treatment.


Invisalign is one of the best solutions for people who dont want to wear regular braces and would like to have a clear smile for certain occasions. The system is based on a series of aligners made of clear plastic, that can be removed from the teeth and than placed back again. A very elegant solution, thats for sure.

Ive used Invisalign too, so I can really vouch for its qualities. Instead of having metal braces or anything on my teeth, Id just wear the plastics and it wasnt a huge deal. Here were some of the things that really made me enjoy my Invisalign treatment:

  • no more metal braces
  • less discomfort
  • better hygiene. I just took the trays out, cleaned my teeth, put them back in.
  • better looks if I had to appear in a pic for instance, Id take my trays off and then put them back on, when it was all done.
  • better diction as a radio DJ, having a lisp was not permitted. Invisalign gave me the freedom to be normal for 1 hour (my show was 1 hour) and then talk as I could.

The biggest problems I encountered were:

  • it doesnt work as fast as a metal braces system. What Damon did in 4 weeks, Invisalign took at least double the time
  • it had to rely solely on my self-control and discipline.

And I think this is the most important aspect we need to discuss in this article: DISCIPLINE!

You asked me how many hours a day should you wear your trays. My orthodontist told me I need to wear the Invisalign AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE. It should stay on my teeth at least 20-22 hours. This means I can take it out to eat and clean my teeth and then put it back on.

I have personally done stupid things too, since discipline is not my strong trait. I had days when I forgot to put my Invisalign or wore the trays for 5-6 hours only. This didnt entirely ruin my treatment, but it put a brake on it. And, when I put the trays after HOURS of not wearing them, Id feel pain.

So, the best solution is to have it on as much as possible. Keeping my Invisalign on for as much as I could (small 3-4 minute breaks to brush my teeth and few minutes to eat), made my treatment super-easy and pleasant. My teeth got so used to the plastic that, when changing the tray every 2 weeks with a new one, made me pass the moment with little to no discomfort at all. Instead of being sore for at least 2 hours, Id just pop the new one and have a big smile on my face.

If you have enough discipline, youll be just fine with Invisalign. Dont forget, IT DEPENDS ON YOU. The longest time you can wear the trays in a given day, the better.


Yes, you can. But would you?

Coffee is pretty famous for having the “talent” to stain things. Your Invisalign trays are clear when you start wearing them (the first days in the 2 weeks normal wear time) and it would be nice to have them as clear as possible till the end of those 14 days.

Any stains on the Invisalign aligners will show since it would make them dark and your teeth would look yellowish. This is why (clearly for cosmetic uses, since less patients really think about health) it’s important to keep the aligners clean.

I drank coffee myself with the aligners, but most of the time I try to avoid this. I tend to be more lax in the 12th day for instance since I know the aligners will come off and I can abuse them some more. On the other hand I am not a regular coffee drinker, so it’s not that hard to keep from it.

When I know I have to drink something that would potentially stain my aligners I always think if it’s not possible to take the aligners off and then brush my teeth. Sure, when I am at home NOTHING gets into my mouth with the aligners on. When I meet someone for a talk I try to stick to clear mineral water. I don’t care that much about the stains as I care about the “yucky” taste I’d have in my mouth till I’d be able to clean. The liquid gets under the aligners too and will stay there “decaying” till you brush your teeth and clean the aligners.

So, even if you can drink coffee and wine and coca cola, it’s a good idea to steer away when you know you can’t take the Invisalign off. If you are at home, it’s easier, but when in the city, maybe you just don’t want to start cleaning in a public restroom just because you couldn’t keep off the coffee.

How do you handle this?


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How to put an elastic ligature on your brace?

One of our visitor was interested to know how to put an elastic ligature on the braces.

Well, most of the time we’re not the ones to do this, since it would be pretty difficult. In order to put a ligature over the braces, one needs excellent light, another set of eyes (the mirror thing wont’ work too well) and some special dentist instruments we don’t normally own. Trying to put a screwdriver or needle in your mouth for this is not a good idea (you will hurt your mouth/tongue) not to mention these are dirty and not suitable to go into your mouth.

So, don’t worry. Should you have issues with your ligs, just contact your orthodontist, he’s there to help

Do all orthodontists have the same color ligatures?

Most of them time these doctors have all kinds of colours so that any patient might find the right one or even the right colour combination. A lot of their patients who wear regular braces (those needing ligatures) try to make them nicer by using all kinds of colours and combinations.

Since there aren’t too many suppliers, I assume most orthodontists kinda have all colours the supplier can give. Don’t worry, you’ll have some nice ones to chose from.

Invisalign: can you just wear overnight?

Not only you can wear Invisalign overnight, you will wear it. The Invisalign treatment relies on some plastic aligners that go “clothe” your teeth. These plastic trays need to be worn as much as possible (over 20 hours if you can or more). You take them out to eat and then clean teeth and then you put them back.

So, prepare to wear your Invisalign at nights too. You will be able to sleep with no problems, so don’t let this scare you

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