Going Back To School With Braces

Going Back To School With Braces
Posted on 08/15/2016

Going Back To School With Braces


At Epic Orthodontics, we understand that getting braces means making way for some major changes in eating habits, appearance, and beyond. We want your child’s transition back to school to be as seamless as possible, so we’ve listed below several tips and tricks that will allow your child to feel more comfortable with their treatment when returning to school.

With modern advancements in orthodontic treatment, 50% to 75% children from the ages of 6-18 average are wearing braces. Additionally, children even have the option to personalize their braces with a variety of colored bands. Braces can show personality unlike ever before. Your child can choose bands that represent an upcoming holiday, their favorite sport’s team, or their favorite colors.

The most important factors to consider all relate back to maintaining great oral hygiene away from the house. To prevent discomfort at school while making the most of orthodontic treatment, we recommend the following:

  1. Brushing and flossing your teeth regularly

  2. Wearing a mouthguard when playing sports or engaging in physical activities

  3. Drinking a lot of water

Certain foods can also cause braces to break, and broken braces can cause pain and require additional trips to your Weatherford and Granbury orthodontist. While we love extra time with patients, we want to ensure that patients stay on track with their treatment. Listed below is a list put together by the staff at Epic Orthodontics to help you pack the right snacks and foods for your child.

Foods to avoid:

  • Caramel and Sticky Chocolate Bars

  • Chunky peanut butter

  • Hard Candies

  • Nuts

  • Chewy Candy, Taffy, and Gummy Bears

  • Popcorn

  • Gum

Foods to exercise caution with:

  • Chewy bread such as bagels – tear into small pieces

  • Chips – eat them carefully and one at a time

  • Corn on the cob – cut off the cob

  • Apples and carrots – cut into small pieces

  • Soda and sugary drinks – avoid these whenever possible, as drinking too much can cause tooth decay!

Braces-friendly, easily packable foods:

  • Pudding

  • Soft cheeses

  • Sliced lunch bread

  • Muffins without nuts

  • Pasta

  • Soft-cooked rice

  • Cooked chicken

  • Meatballs

  • Lunch meats

  • Tuna

  • Mashed potatoes

  • Peas

  • Steamed spinach

  • Beans

  • Applesauce

  • Bananas

  • Fruit juice

  • Smoothies

  • Jell-O

Contact Epic Orthodontics

If you have any questions regarding any of the information above, feel free to schedule an appointment on our website or reach out to us! Dr. Hall and the team at Epic Orthodontics wants to ensure that you and your family receives the best oral treatment possible, so be sure to set your child up for success with orthodontic treatment at school by taking the above into consideration.