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Back to School With Braces
Posted on 09/18/2017
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Back to School With Braces

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Creekwood Orthodontics is proud to be your choice when you’re looking for Liberty, Cameron, or Kansas City orthodontics. We offer a wide range of services, including traditional metal braces, in addition to Invisalign and Invisalign Teen. We realize that orthodontic treatment isn’t just simply a procedure– it’s also a long-term process that requires a constant commitment. For many of our patients, this is their first time heading back to school with a new set of braces. For those students, we want to offer a few tips to make the transition into the school year just a little bit easier.

      

Pack a Braces-Friendly Lunch

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When you wear braces, there are certain foods you’ll need  to avoid. These foods include sticky foods and hard foods. During the summer, it’s easy to plan all your meals and avoid these foods, but you generally don’t have that same luxury for school lunches. When your school is providing a meal that may not be suitable for someone wearing braces, we recommend packing your own lunch that’s filled with foods that are braces-friendly.

Drink Water Like it’s Going Out of Style

Drinking lots of water is beneficial for someone wearing braces because of the number of health benefits they’ll bestow. Drinking water will help prevent cavities, keep your mouth clean, and get rid of bad breath. We recommend bringing a bottle of water or two with you to school.

Wear a Mouthguard During Sports

When you’re playing sports, wearing a mouthguard is critical in order to prevent any dental injuries. While there’s a relatively short list of school sports that require mouthguards, it’s important to wear a mouthguard during many other sports as well. In fact, the American Dental Association recommends that athletes wear mouthguards for a number of sports, including football, basketball, lacrosse, hockey, volleyball, and gymnastics.

Take a Braces Kit With You

After you’ve eaten your braces-friendly lunch, it’s a good idea to brush & clean your teeth. However, since you’re at school, that may seemingly pose a problem. Not to worry though! All you have to do is take a dental kit with you and you can clean your teeth at school when you have a few free minutes. Make sure to pack a toothbrush, toothpaste, and dental floss in your dental kit, including:

1. Travel Case

Find a small-to-medium-sized toiletries case at your local drugstore. Even better, pick out your favorite cute makeup case. This will serve to hold all of your braces survival supplies, and you can tuck it in your backpack to make sure you’re prepared for anything and everything.

2. Toothbrush & Toothpaste

After lunch, it’s important to brush your teeth to dislodge any pieces of food that get stuck in your braces. If the bathroom is too crowded at lunchtime and you want to be a bit more discreet, you can always sneak away to brush those pearly whites during passing period. If you have Invisalign, we suggest brushing the Invisalign trays with a soft toothbrush, but avoid toothpaste because it can damage the clear aligners over time.

3. Orthodontic Elastics

This one doesn’t apply to you if you don’t have rubber bands. If you do have rubber bands, however, it’s a good idea to have some extra elastics on hand. You’ll never know when one will inevitably snap.

4. Compact Mirror 

A small compact mirror will save you from any embarrassing lettuce in your teeth. Plus, it can help you floss on the go.

5. Travel-Size Mouthwash

Don’t get caught with bad breath at school! Include mouthwash in your braces kit, just in case you need to freshen up a bit. That way, you’ll always be minty fresh.   

6. Orthodontic Wax

Orthodontic wax will absolutely be your best friend at some point during your braces career. Whether you just got rubber bands, or if you have a wire that’s poking you, orthodontic wax will help ease the pain and irritation in your mouth so that you don’t have to suffer through the rest of the school day. 

7. Flossers for Braces

Don’t forget to bring some flossers. We recommend Plackers Orthopick flossers because they are specifically designed to work well with braces.

8. Retainer Case

If you’re wearing a retainer, you should use a retainer case as well. There’s been a large amount of students who’ve either lost their retainer or accidentally thrown it away at school. By bringing a retainer case, you’ll limit the possibility of accidentally losing or tossing your retainer. Remember, if your retainer isn’t in your mouth, make sure it’s in the case! 

Interested in Braces or Invisalign? Contact Your Liberty, Cameron, & Kansas City Orthodontist!

As your family dentist serving Liberty, Cameron, & Kansas City, MO, we want to make our patients as comfortable as possible throughout the orthodontic treatment process. That’s why we put together a braces survival guide with a list of everything you might need to deal with having braces at school. If you would like to schedule an appointment with us, please don’t hesitate to fill out our online appointment request form or give us a call at one of our three convenient locations. You can contact us at (816) 454-6800 for our Kansas City office, (816) 792-2600 for our Liberty office, or (816) 632-3200 for our Cameron office. Feel free to get in touch with us if you have any questions. We look forward to hearing from you!