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Back to School with Braces

Austin, TX – It is hard to believe that summer is over and the school year is about to start. If you recently started orthodontic treatment or are nervous about navigating your school days while in braces, we’ve got the tips you need to make your days a breeze.

Getting back into a regular schedule can be very beneficial (and probably exciting for many parents). But for kids who have recently started orthodontic treatment, it may be worrisome to figure out how to care for their braces while in school. Dr. Silvana Gonzalez and our team at Pure Smiles Orthodontics have a handful of tips to make it a bit easier.

1.         Pack a to-go braces care kit to keep handy. We recommend that all our patients pack a braces care kit, especially during school days. Keeping some handy items available can make your day much smoother. We recommend adding:

·         Travel-sized toothbrush (make sure it’s a soft-bristled one)

·         Travel toothpaste

·         Floss

·         Orthodontic wax

·         Lip balm/chapstick

·         Extra elastics

2.         Remember the foods on your do not eat list. Breaking a bracket or damaging a wire during the school day isn’t a great idea, so make sure you avoid the foods that can damage your braces. Say no to foods that are too sticky, crunchy, hard, or chewy. If you order school lunch regularly, make sure you plan so you know what days you may need to bring a bagged lunch. Prep food into bite-sized pieces and pack plenty of healthy foods.

3.         Carry a water bottle. Staying hydrated is important, but water can also help wash away food particles and prevent them from sticking to your teeth and braces. We recommend that children avoid sugary beverages as much as possible, especially while in braces.

4.         Stick to your plan. We know your days are about to get much busier but don’t stray from your treatment plan. If you wear Invisalign clear aligners, remember to wear the aligners for the recommended amount of time each day. If you have elastics, remember to wear them as directed. Straying from your treatment plan can extend your time in braces, and no one wants that!

5.         Don’t forget your mouthguard. Fall sports will be starting up again, so be sure you have a properly fitting mouthguard. While mouthguards are must-haves for contact sports, we recommend them for any activity where a blow to the mouth could occur. You can schedule an appointment with us to get one made just for you.

Navigating school and activities while in braces doesn’t have to be complicated. Stick to a plan and follow the above tips; this school year will be a breeze. If you ever have questions or run into an issue, call our office at 512-518-0217.