Back To School With Braces

Back To School With Braces
Posted on 09/16/2017

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Heading back to school after the long summer break is exciting for most kids. However, for children and teens who got braces during summer, heading back to school may cause some anxiety. In addition to wondering what their classmates will think and say about them, kids going back to school with braces must make some necessary adjustments to their daily routine. For these reasons, below you’ll find some tips to make the transition go as smoothly as possible.

Take Your Own Lunches To School

When our patients get braces, it’s important to avoid braces-busting foods like hard, crunchy and sticky foods. This way, you can avoid some of the most common problems with your braces like loose, bent, or broken brackets and wires.We recommend taking your own lunch to school that includes foods you can eat like pasta dishes, bananas, and salads. There’s plenty of options, so just make sure to go grocery shopping beforehand.

Carry a Braces Care Kit

It’s very important to maintain excellent oral hygiene with braces. It’s important that patients brush their teeth well after every meal, meaning they should have a toothbrush and toothpaste at school. A great idea is to take along a little braces care kit that you can put your toothbrush and toothpaste in. Other handy items to include are orthodontic wax, floss, and extra elastics. This way, you’ll have everything you need to brush your teeth well after lunch including a few ‘extras’, just in case!

Have a Mouthguard Handy

The best way to protect your braces and your teeth when being active is to wear a protective mouthguard that’s made specifically to fit over your braces. Just one stray ball or a flying elbow to the mouth can cause some serious damage to your cheeks, lips, and gums! Just choose one you like that fits properly and always carry it with you so you can wear it whenever you’re being active. 

At Tilghman Orthodontics, we provide each of our patients with a care kit and mouthguard. Be sure to ask Dr. Tilghman or Dr. Schwartz about how to use these, if you have any questions.

Drink Plenty of Water

A great way to prevent cavities, keep your mouth clean, and ward off bad breath is to drink lots of water. We encourage you to take a water bottle to school with you so you always have the opportunity to take a drink. When it’s time to refill your water bottle, don’t fill it up with a sugary or highly acidic drinks, like soda or orange juice, as these types of beverages are not good for your teeth. The last thing you want is for a problem like tooth decay to derail your orthodontic treatment!

Contact Your Local Orthodontist Today!

We hope these tips will help make the transition back to school with braces easier! If you have any questions or concerns, please call us at (410) 742-4813. Enjoy the rest of your summer and good luck in the upcoming 2017-18 school year!