Tips for Caring for Your Braces at School
When the vacations are over, that’s the time of the year parents love, and most students hate because that’s back to school time! After long vacation going back to school can be stressful, especially when you just recently got braces and have no idea how to maintain them while at school. Luckily, Orthodontic Experts are here to help with this concern. Here you go with a few tips on how to take care of braces at school.
Pack a Bag with Braces Essentials
To take care of your braces at school you need a braces care kit. It’s always a great idea to pack a small bag with basic oral health essentials to care for your braces. In your braces care kit packed with items like Toothpaste, Toothbrush, Floss, Dental Wax, Lip Balm, Rubber Bands, Small Mirror and OTC Pain Medicine.
These items help you maintain your braces and avoid most dental emergencies that can happen while you’re at school. Your toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, and rubber bands will be useful after lunch; dental wax and OTC pain medicine can be handy for a loose wire or bracket; and lip balm will help you moisturize dry lips that may result from braces. Keep the braces care kit in your backpack or locker and use every day. Packing and carrying a braces care kit will saves you a lot of time and trouble in the long run.
Braces Care Tips at School
You might face some issues when it comes to caring for your braces and mouth, since you won’t have the time and tools you have at home. If you have a braces care kit, you shouldn’t have any trouble keeping your braces and mouth in great shape. Below is a list of helpful tips for new braces wearers to maintain their braces throughout the entire school year. Here are a few braces care tips to help you maintain your braces at school.
Avoid Foods That Can Harm Your Braces
There are a lot of tasty and yummy foods that can harm both your braces and teeth, causing you discomfort and even a longer amount of time in braces treatment. Foods like chips, popcorn, gum, apples that aren’t cut into wedges, or other sticky, chewy, or hard foods can cause issues. It’s important to avoid these harmful foods to protect your teeth and braces. Preventing damage to your braces is crucial in aligning your pearly whites.
To help safeguard your braces, our orthodontist recommends packing your own lunch. This ensures that your food does not pose a threat to braces and is overall braces-friendly.
Brush & Floss Your Teeth After Lunch
When you are wearing braces, it gets a lot easier for food and plaque to get caught in or sit on your teeth. It’s never a good idea to let food or plaque sit on your teeth for too long. So, brush your teeth after lunch to make sure there is no food caught in your braces. This will greatly help you to prevent cavities, stains, and other dental issues. It will also help you avoid the embarrassment that could come with a piece of food being stuck between your front teeth. Don’t rely on brushing only, try to floss as well. Make sure to do so when you get home.
Wear a Mouthguard When Playing
When you wear braces, you need to be more careful because wearing braces can increase the risk of injuries. One hit of a kickball to the face can create a painful situation to the gums, teeth, or cheeks with all the metal and wire in your mouth. Wearing a mouthguard is not necessary for everyone, but those who participate in athletic programs especially or even everyday gym class should consider wearing a mouthguard. If you aren’t sure that you need a mouthguard, talk to our orthodontist to determine whether you should purchase one.
What Do I Do if your Bracket or Wire Gets Loose at School?
Most people with braces may experience a broken wire or bracket at some point during their orthodontic treatment. All the tips above can help you avoid this hassle, but if this still happen at school, here’s what you should do.
For a broken wire, use dental wax (that should be in your braces care kit) to cover the pointy and sharp end of the wire. Wax will keep it from cutting the side of your cheek or your gums. After school, visit your orthodontist as soon as possible.
For a loose bracket, you can use an eraser tip on a pencil to push the bracket back into place. You should watch what you eat to keep that bracket in place and visit your orthodontist as soon as possible.
Contact Orthodontic Experts
Follow these easy braces care tips and you’ll not only have a great smile, but you’ll have fresh breath, too, both of which will put you ahead of the game in high school. If you still have any questions regarding how to take care of braces or face any braces emergency, just give us a call at 855-720-2470 or send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.