Posted on: 26 April 2017Share
If you are looking to fix your smile, then braces are often the way to go. However, if you are also an avid diver, then wearing newly installed braces can also result in some discomfort. This happens because newly installed braces put your teeth under an enormous amount of pressure. The mouthpiece that you wear when diving adds to this pressure. Your teeth and gums will quickly become aggravated. You may notice swelling or redness after your dive. Fortunately, there are a few tips that you can use to avoid inflammation when diving with new braces.
Wait a Few Weeks Before Diving
Unfortunately, braces do not work overnight. Wearing the dental device is an intensive and extensive process. You may notice improvements in your alignment over time. Therefore, it is a good idea to wait a few weeks between your installation and your next dive. Your braces will still be fairly new after a few weeks but this will give your teeth to move into alignment without too much-added stress. A sign that it may be too early to dive with your braces is the soreness. If it still feels difficult to eat or enjoy your favorite snacks, then this is not the best time to subject your mouth to a dive. Once the soreness subsides, then consider booking your dive.
Loosen your Grip During Dive
The regulator that you use to breathe underwater stays in your mouth based on how well you grip it. However, this does not mean that the harder your grip is the better. Using a harder grip is only stressing out your teeth and gums. This is not only an issue for braces wearers but can quickly be an issue for anyone without a dental device. You can practice loosening your grip by wearing a mouth guard in your mouth. When you feel your mouth tighten around the device, then it is time to loosen your grip. Wearing a mouth guard to do this works best when you are participating in activities. When you are so busy and your mind is occupied it is more difficult to remember to use a looser grip. This also better mirrors the situation you will encounter while diving.
Taking steps to avoid inflammation will help to make your dive much more enjoyable. Therefore, use this tip stop make sure that you do not experience any issues on your next dive. For more information, talk to a professional like Demianko Dental Care.