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Back to School with Braces

Five tips to make the transition easier

Dare we say it???

Summer break is almost over ­— which means the start of school, hectic schedules and fall sports. Making the transition back can be a challenge, especially for kids starting the year with braces for the first time.To help ensure it goes smoothly, for both patients and parents, here are some tips to help keep your smile shining.


It’s an easy math problem, and it’s also a solution to help keep teeth clean and healthy. Brushing 2 minutes, 4 times per day (breakfast, lunch, dinner and bedtime) will keep teeth sparkling, and will help get you through your next orthodontist appointments a lot quicker.

Grab Some H20

Carry a water bottle in your backpack or stop at the water fountain between classes. Drinking plenty of water throughout the day will keep you hydrated, help remove food particles from your teeth and will wash away sugar, acid and bacteria that can harm your mouth.

Prepare Your Backpack

Keeping a brace-kit in your backpack or locker is a great idea and can help keep your teeth sparkling, plus prepare you for any orthodontic emergencies. A brace-kit should look something like this:

  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Floss
  • Wax
  • Rubber bands
  • Retainer Case

Lunch Time Etiquette

Without the peering eyes of mom and dad, it can be tempting to indulge on foods that can damage or break wires and brackets. Be sure to avoid sticky, gooey, crunchy and hard foods. Checking the weekly lunch menu, or packing a lunch, is a great way to make sure all foods are brace-friendly. For those wearing retainers or removable devices, having an extra retainer case will help keep those appliances from disappearing in a napkin, or getting tossed in the trash.

Get a Mouth Guard . . . or Two

When playing sports, or during any physical activity, a properly fitted mouth guard is an important piece of equipment.  It will not only protect your braces, it will also protect your teeth and jaw. See your orthodontist for a mouth guard made specifically for braces-wearers.

There’s Still Some Time Left! If summer passed you by, and you didn’t make it to the orthodontist for your appointment, back-to-school time is a great time to schedule your first appointment. Associated Orthodontists offers complimentary consultations, flexible and interest-free payment options and is a participating provider with most major insurance carriers.To find a location near your, or to schedule an appointment, visit

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