It is time to say goodbye to another B.C. summer and head back to the classroom for the start of a new school year. Although this year will be very different than any other, the key to success both in and out of the classroom is to establish a routine. Your regular visits to the orthodontist will also be different but, like school, a well thought out routine is the best way for you to get the most out of your braces.
Here are some invaluable tips on how to start the school year with your braces off right.
Pack a Care Kit
Just like finding success with the right school supplies, having success with your braces also requires the right supplies. When packing your backpack in the morning for school, be sure to include a brace care kit. Your brace care kit should include the following items:
- A soft-bristled toothbrush that you can use after each snack or meal.
- Your choice of toothpaste.
- Waxed dental floss.
- Dental or brace wax.
- Lip balm.
All these items should be packed in an easy to access kit that can be used at any time during the school day.
Not only is staying hydrated an important part of being and staying healthy, it is also a great way to ensure that no food particles are sticking to your teeth or braces. Also, by choosing water as your drink of choice, you are eliminating, or strictly limiting, sugary drinks such as pop or juice, both of which can badly damage your teeth and cause decay.
If you do decide to have a sugary drink for a treat, try to use a straw to keep the sugar as far away from your teeth as possible and always remember to brush your teeth after finishing your drink.
Keep Snacks Brace Friendly
By now, you are surely aware of what foods are and are not brace friendly. Generally speaking, you want to avoid crunchy, sticky, and chewy foods. They should not be a part of your school lunch. Any of these types of foods can damage wires or brackets resulting in an emergency trip to your orthodontist. Check out the school’s cafeteria menu or even better, pack your own healthy, brace friendly lunch. Again, remember to brush and floss your teeth after each snack and meal.
By following these simple yet effective back to school tips, you will be well on your way to attaining that beautiful smile and getting the most out of your braces. If you have any questions or would like more information on any of these or other tips, please don’t hesitate to call me today. I look forward to hearing from you soon.
From everyone at Mountain Orthodontics, we hope you have a great school year?