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Back To School With Braces
Posted on 09/30/2015

Now that fall is here, many of the patients we serve at our San Anselmo & San Rafael orthodontics practice are back in school for the 2015-16 academic year. Making the transition back into the day-to-day routine of going to school can be challenging. If you're heading back to school with braces for the first time, we want that transition to go smoothly! Therefore, Dr. Haney and our staff put together a few helpful tips for all our school-aged patients who are heading back to the classroom this fall. 

Carry a Braces Care Kit with You

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It's a great idea to take a braces care kit along with you to school that you can keep in your backpack or locker. Just use a small zippered pouch or something similar that has a toothbrush, toothpaste, dental wax and extra elastics (if you use them) inside. Then after lunch, you can slip into the bathroom to brush and floss your teeth. The dental wax can be used if a wire or bracket is irritating the inside of your mouth. Simply place a small bit of wax onto the irritating piece for relief. If something does become loose or broken on your braces, contact us right away instead of waiting until your next appointment. 

Eat Smart! 

When you had your braces put on, we told you that it's important to steer clear of hard, crunchy, gooey and sticky foods as these are the types of foods that can damage or break your braces. Remember to avoid eating these foods while in school too. So instead of reaching for that candy bar at break time, choose something else instead that won't harm your braces like yogurt or applesauce. 

If you carry your lunch, be sure everything you take along with you is braces-friendly. You can still take sandwiches as long as you cut them into small, bite-sized pieces. Soft fruits are great, like bananas and oranges as are softer vegetables like cucumbers and peppers. 

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Drink Plenty of Water 

Take a water bottle with you to school so you can drink water throughout the day. This will help keep your mouth clean by rinsing away food particles that become lodged in your braces after eating. Drinking plenty of water will also help neutralize the acids in your mouth to help keep your teeth healthy. 

Wear a Mouthguard while Playing Sports 

It's important to wear a mouthguard when playing sports as it will protect your teeth and jaws against injury and provide protection to your braces. A mouthguard should be worn whenever you're playing a sport or when you're partaking in any physical activity that poses a risk of injury to the mouth. There are special mouthguards made specifically for people wearing braces that you can find easily online. Just be sure the mouthguard you choose fits well and makes it easy for you to speak and breathe. 


Contact Us For Braces & Invisalign In San Anselmo

Dr. Haney and his staff wish all our school-aged patients good luck in the new school year! Haney Orthodontics offers a wide range of orthodontic services to ensure we can meet the needs of every patient we serve. Whether you're interested in finding a San Anselmo pediatric orthodontist for your child or are want to find out if Invisalign clear aligners are right for you, you can rest assured we have the ideal solution for you! If you have further questions, contact us today and our friendly staff will be happy to help. To schedule an appointment with us, give us a call or fill out our easy online form. We look forward to hearing from you!