Back to School with Braces

Back to School with Braces
Posted on 09/03/2018

If you’re one of the many who got braces over the summer, or you’re a parent who’s getting ready to send their kids back to school with their brand new braces, it may seem like going back to school is going to be the same as it always has been. However, braces come with a bunch of lifestyle changes that you’re going to need to keep in mind as school starts up again. From oral hygiene to diet, a smile with braces needs some extra attention to ensure that it’s nothing less than perfect when those brackets and wires finally come off in time. To make sure that you’re prepared to go back to school with braces, check out these helpful tips from your local Omaha, NE pediatric orthodontic experts here at Pedodontics, P.C. 

Lunch Needs To Be Braces-Friendly

The stainless steel that makes up the brackets and wires for modern metal braces and the ceramic material for clear braces are both durable, but that doesn’t mean that braces are indestructible. The same goes for the special orthodontic cement that bonds the brackets to the teeth. But why does this matter? Well, when we eat certain foods, there can be a great deal of force that’s being applied to our teeth when we don’t even realize it, such as when we are biting down on something hard or sticky. For example, biting down on a piece of ice involves a great deal of force and pressure as our teeth break it apart. Unfortunately, you add braces into that situation and you’ll end up snapping a bracket right off a tooth or bending the archwire. 

With this in mind, patients with braces need to watch what they eat, which includes the lunch they have at school every day. Whenever you’re packing lunch for the day, make sure that it's full of soft, braces-friendly foods to prevent an emergency trip to the orthodontist!

Bring An Oral Hygiene Kit To School

While braces are straightening your teeth to create a perfect smile, they also make brand new pockets and spaces where food particles and bacteria can become trapped, which can increase the risk of tooth decay. Maintaining a consistent and thorough oral hygiene routine is essential to ensure that your new smile is perfect, which is why bringing an oral hygiene kit to school is a must. After eating lunch, brushing and flossing before going back to class will clear away bacteria and food particles that would have eaten away at your teeth over the remaining hours otherwise. 

Protecting Your Braces During Extracurriculars

For kids who play sports after school, it’s very important to take measures to protect both your teeth and your braces from an accidental or intentional contact. We recommend talking to your orthodontist to get a special mouthguard designed just for braces, preventing braces from an impact while also preventing them from damaging the soft tissue in your mouth like your lips and gums. 

For other extracurricular activities, we just encourage caution, since it’s easy to forget that your braces are on your teeth. For example, playing an instrument with a mouthpiece in band class is perfectly safe with braces, as long as the patient is careful not to hit their braces with the mouthpiece. 

Contact Us With Your Back To School Questions!

For more helpful braces care tips for going back to school, just contact your local pediatric orthodontic experts here at Pedodontics, P.C. in Omaha, NE. You’ll be connected with a member of our staff who will be able to guide you and ensure you cover all the back to school essentials. Also, don’t forget to come to your regularly scheduled orthodontic check-ups during the school year! We hope that you have a great back to school experience, and we look forward to seeing you in our office as you work toward that new, radiant smile!