6 Orthodontic Tips For Back To School

6 Orthodontic Tips For Back To School Lacey WAIt’s that time of year again! The temperature is cooling off, fall sports are underway, and all the kids are headed back to school. At Moss Wall Orthodontics we want to offer a few helpful tips for going back to school with #braces!

  • Make sure to follow the 2×2 brushing rule: brush your teeth for TWO minutes, TWO times each day! This will help keep your teeth and #braces clean, which leads to quicker appointments and healthier teeth. If you want to brush after lunch, keep a toothbrush in your backpack.
  • Bring a water bottle to school. Drinking water throughout the day helps to keep your mouth clean, fight #cavities, and prevent bad breath. Stick with water and you can’t go wrong.
  • Keep an extra pack of elastics in your backpack. And if you have a locker, it is wise to store some extra rubber bands in there, too. Remember that those elastics help move #teeth, so not wearing them could result in longer treatment times.
  • We know you have to eat in order to perform well in the classroom. Always eat smart at every meal! Avoid foods that are hard, crunchy, or chewy to prevent bending wires or knocking off brackets. Damage to your braces can cause discomfort and lengthen your treatment time. Good breakfast foods for kids with braces include yogurt, fruit smoothies, and eggs.
  • Check out your lunch menu every week to make sure something is being offered every day that you like and can eat with braces. We recommend cooked vegetables, softer foods like spaghetti, macaroni and cheese, and lean cuts of meat. Avoid chips, soft drinks, and sports drinks. Pack your lunch and take it with you if the choices aren’t right for you.
  • Bananas make a great snack. They are high in potassium and fiber which promotes heart and bone health. If you like hard fruits such as apples or pears cut them into pieces before you leave for school and chew them with your back teeth. Biting into hard fruits can damage your braces.

Good luck in school this year and remember to care for your teeth and #braces every day! Contact our office with any questions or to schedule an initial complimentary consultation.

4 thoughts on “6 Orthodontic Tips For Back To School

  1. I really like the insight you gave about keeping an extra pack of elastics in your backpack! As you say, if you’re not wearing the elastics, it could result in a longer time actually having your braces. So, being prepared and asking your orthodontist for an extra pack of elastics to take with you will help you to be a lot more proactive about your teeth! Thanks for sharing!

  2. I like how you recommended that kids and their parents check out the school menu. My son has braces for the first time and I’m concerned about him being able to eat without damaging them. However, if we pack lunches on days where he doesn’t like or can’t eat what’s being served, that’ll help us both feel better.

  3. Wow, I hadn’t known the real difference between a dentist and an orthodontics before until I read this. So I guess I need an orthodontics to fix my small overbite that been wanted to for a long time now.

  4. My daughter will be seeing an orthodontist next week, and I want to know how she can provide care for her teeth afterward. Thanks for the tips in this article on how kids can take care of their braces even at school. Much appreciated!

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