The back-to-school season is always an exciting time! New teachers, friends, activities, and memories are just around the bend. However, this transition might be a little more difficult if you’re starting the school year with new braces. You might be feeling nervous about adjusting to your class schedule and extracurricular activities with braces, or even wondering what your friends might think. But don’t worry! Once you get used to going to school with braces, it’s no big deal. Drs. Hutta and Cook have some quick tips for a successful school year:
1) Keep a braces care kit in your backpack or locker. Always plan to keep a small kit with a toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, and wax on hand. If you’re worried about having food caught in your braces after eating lunch or a snack, you can always go to the bathroom and brush or use some floss. And, if you’re experiencing any discomfort from your braces at school, you can apply some wax for a quick fix!
2) Pack a braces-friendly lunch. It might be hard to consistently find lunch food in your cafeteria that will be soft enough to eat with braces, so you’re probably better off packing a lunchbox ahead of time so that you can control your meals. Sandwiches, pasta salads, bananas, and soft raw veggies, such as bell peppers or cucumbers, make for a great braces-friendly lunch.
3) Carry a water bottle. Drinking water is one of the simplest ways to keep food from getting caught in your braces. Get a water bottle that fits into the side pocket of your backpack so you have a convenient way to stay hydrated during the hustle and bustle of the school day!
4) Use a mouthguard during gym class and afterschool sports. When you have braces, physical activity and sports increase the risk of injury to your cheeks, gums, and mouth. To avoid any orthodontic injuries, make sure to purchase a mouthguard to wear during these activities. You can buy a mouthguard at most sporting goods stores, or you can ask about ordering one during your next appointment with Dr. Hutta or Dr. Cook.
5) Don’t be self-conscious! Braces are absolutely nothing to be ashamed of—in fact, hardly anyone will even notice or think much about them. There are plenty of other kids who will be wearing braces, and besides, it’s only temporary! A little time with braces will result in a lifetime of a beautiful, straight smile.
If you have any questions or concerns about adjusting to school with braces, feel free to give us a call. We hope you have a great school year!