How To Care For Your Braces At School

How To Care For Your Braces At School
Posted on 08/29/2019
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Having  braces presents its own set of challenges. You need to take proper care of your teeth when you have braces to ensure you don't develop other dental problems. Without proper dental care and hygiene, food particles, bacteria, and plaque can accumulate around your braces, so adequate care of your braces is crucial.

School poses unique problems when you have braces, and this can be a source of anxiety for people with braces and parents of teenagers and young children with braces. You would likely not have the same time and tools to care for your braces at school that you would at home, but this is no reason to fret. With the right preparation, you should be able to keep your braces in top shape and maintain good dental hygiene. In this post, we provide you with a few tips and tricks to keep your braces clean while in school. 

1. Have a care kit for your braces

Having a care kit is the most crucial part of caring for your braces at school. As parent or teenager who wears braces, a care kit can help in providing you with what you need to keep your teeth and braces healthy during the school day. A care kit for your braces should include the following:

  • Toothbrush

  • Toothpaste

  • Dental wax

  • Floss

  • Rubber bands

  • Small handheld mirror

  • Retainer

  • Retainer case

  • Over the counter pain medicine or a natural pain remedy

  • A small bottle of water

  • A small cup for mouth rinsing

2. Eat Foods Compatible With Braces

When you wear braces, it is crucial to avoid foods, snacks, and sweets that aren't good for your dental health and braces. You should particularly avoid hard, chewy, or sticky foods that can result in a myriad of problems. It is essential to be careful with what you eat, so you don't break the wire of your braces or damage your braces in any way. A broken wire or otherwise damaged braces is a source of discomfort, which you can prevent by observing good dental practices.

Food that can damage your braces includes gum, candy, popcorn, ice, beef jerky, hard chips, nuts, apples that aren't cut into wedges, etc.

As a person who wears braces or the parent to a teenager or a child with braces, packing your lunch or your child's lunch can be helpful in making food that is good for braces accessible.

3. Stay Hydrated

There are many health benefits to drinking water, but when you wear braces drinking plenty of water has a few more benefits besides keeping you hydrated. Drinking a lot of water helps maintain your braces in two principal ways:

a) Removing particles of food and plaque that get caught in your braces.

b) Protecting your braces and teeth from staining as a result of consuming sodas and other sugary drinks. 

NOTE: Remember to drink with a straw when consuming sugary drinks as this will keep the sugar away from your teeth and prevent the formation of plaques and accumulation of other harmful bacteria.

4. Wear A Mouthguard

Wearing braces increases the risk of injury because of the presence of metals and wires in your braces. Mouthguards may be necessary for people involved in athletics and other school activities which increases the risk of injury. You can speak to your orthodontist to determine if a mouthguard is right for you. 

5. Brush and floss after lunch

You should brush and floss your teeth after lunch at school to ensure there is no food caught in your braces. Doing this prevents staining and the appearance of cavities. Even with the best of dental practices, accidents still happen. Here are a few things you can do at school if your braces get damaged.

  • Broken wire: Using dental wax to cover the pointy end of the wire will keep it from lacerating your cheeks or gums.

  • Loose brackets: Use the eraser tip of your pencil to push the bracket back in place.

It is important to note that the above are short term fixes and you should see your orthodontist as soon as you can.  

Schedule An Appointment With Your Laredo Orthodontist 

If you're in the Laredo, Zapata, or the Cotulla areas of Texas, and you're on the lookout for an orthodontist who offers quality and family-oriented services, contact Laredo Orthodontics. They are a family practice in Laredo that provides orthodontic services to patients of all ages.