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Going Back to School with New Orthodontic Braces
Posted on 08/17/2015

Going Back to School with New Orthodontic Braces

It's that time of the year again when kids are beginning to become excited about the upcoming school year. UC Smiles Orthodontics serves patients from all over, including Universal City, Stone Oak and San Antonio. These include middle schools like Barbara Bush Middle and Kitty Hawk; as well as high schools like Randolph Field or Ronald Reagan High. Therefore we'd like to offer a few tips for our school-aged patients wearing new braces as they head back to the classroom. Dr. Bebe and her staff know that it can be challenging to adjust to being back in school and especially if you're starting the new academic year wearing orthodontic braces. By following these helpful tips, the adjustment should be easier to make. 

Carry a Braces Care Kit 

Because it's so important to maintain good oral hygiene while wearing braces, we recommend carrying a braces care kit along with you to school. Simply fill a zipped pouch with a toothbrush, toothpaste, floss (or special flossing tool) and a compact mirror. Then after finishing lunch, you can step into the bathroom to brush & floss your teeth. You can use the mirror to make sure you've removed all the unsightly food particles that became trapped in the nooks and crannies of your braces. 

Be Mindful of What You Eat

When you had your braces put on, we told you that you must steer clear of all those food items that can damage or break your braces including hard, crunchy, chewy and sticky foods and snacks. Be sure to avoid eating these types of foods while in school so you don't risk damaging or breaking your braces. If you pack your lunch, you can cut many foods into bite sized pieces like sandwiches and soft fruits. And instead of choosing a candy bar during break times, choose more braces-friendly options like yogurt, applesauce or pudding. 

Wear a Mouthguard When Playing Sports 

It's important to wear a protective mouthguard whenever you're playing sports or partaking in any activity that poses a risk of injury to the teeth, lips, cheeks and tongue. You can buy special mouthguards for braces online. Brands to watch for are ShockDoctor and UnderArmour. You can also ask your family dentist about making you a custom-made mouthguard that fits perfectly over your teeth and braces. Just be sure that the mouthguard you buy fits you well and makes it easy for you to speak and breathe. Then just carry your mouthguard in your backpack so you always have it with you when suiting up for sports. 

Dr. Bebe and her staff would like to wish all our school-aged patients good luck in the upcoming school year! We are always available to speak with you so don't hesitate to contact us if you have any questions about your treatment.