Four Tips for Back to School Success with Braces

20 Mar 2017 | 0 Comments

Wearing braces requires special care. When school is back in session, these suggestions can make dealing with braces much easier for students.

Carrying a Braces Kit

A braces care kit can be tucked into a backpack, lunchbox, lunch bag, or locker and used discreetly after lunch. A kit can be as simple as a toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, lip balm, and dental wax in a sandwich bag or small zippered pouch. If elastics are used, extras can be included in the kit.

Brushing after meals and snacks is easy with a braces kit on hand. When elastics snap, they can be replaced with extras. When sores develop from braces rubbing against sensitive spots, dental wax can be applied for relief. Lip balm can help dry lips feel better.

Being Careful with Food

Orthodontists typically give patients a list of foods to avoid. Whether eating cafeteria food or a packed lunch, it's important to remember that foods that are crunchy, hard, or gooey can damage braces. Whole apples, raw carrots, corn on the cob, hard or chewy candies, and granola bars should be avoided.

When dealing with braces, good habits include cutting food into small pieces, eating soft foods like yogurt and applesauce, and choosing raw fruits and vegetables that are softer, such as bananas, ripe pears, and cucumber slices. Steamed vegetables and smoothies are also excellent choices.

Drinking Plenty of Water

It's always a good idea to stay hydrated. With braces, drinking plenty of water is important for other reasons, too. Taking sips of water throughout the day clears away food particles left in braces. Water is the drink of choice because it’s far healthier than sodas and sugary drinks, which can cause decay that may not be seen until the braces come off.

Using a Mouth Guard

During sports and other physical activities, a special mouth guard should be worn to prevent injuries. It can be very painful if another student or a piece of equipment accidentally hits the mouth area. Orthodontists can recommend specific mouth guards that provide protection during rigorous physical activity.

Following these tips can simplify dealing with braces during the school day. Dental health professionals can provide additional suggestions for making life with braces easier, whether at school, at home, or on outings and trips.

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