Back To School Tips For Braces

September 15, 2021

The school year is back in swing and, for many of us, it’s in person for the first time in nearly two years! With all that time just seeing each other through zoom, everyone is excited to get back into the classroom craziness and hallway hijinks that make in person school what it is. With all of the social positioning that takes place in the classroom, during recess, and after school, the last thing you want is to show up to school with unkempt braces, with bad breath, or with food stuck in your brackets. Luckily, Utah Orthodontic Care is here to help! Find out about affordable orthodontics at Utah Orthodontic Care and how you and your braces can transition back to in-person school without breaking a sweat.

Oral Hygiene On The Go!

One of the easiest ways to make sure that you don’t have an oral hygiene malfunction in the middle of 3rd period is to bring a tooth cleaning travel kit with you to school. That means having a toothbrush and floss in your backpack so you can make sure your teeth are looking fresh even after lunch or recess.

Know What Food To Avoid

When it comes to taking care of your braces, there are only a few habits that you may actually have to change, but your diet is one of the most important ones. It is easy to damage braces with hard, crunchy, and sticky foods. Here are some of the items you could find in your school lunch that you need to stay away from:

  • Hard snacks like nuts, pretzels, and popcorn
  • Crunchy fruits and vegetables like whole apples and carrots
  • Chewy candy like caramel or taffy
  • Fruits with small seeds like blackberries and pomegranates

Invest In Your Breath

One of the worst things you can do for your social life at school is to walk around with bad breath from food stuck in your braces. Fortunately, at Utah Orthodontic Care, your local provider of affordable orthodontics, we have some simple solutions to braces breath. Use the care products that were given to you by Utah Orthodontic Care: a travel toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, floss threader, and mini-brushes – tools that are essential for cleaning those tough-to-reach spots behind your braces wires and brackets.

Make Sure To Visit Your Local Salt Lake City Orthodontist Regularly

Another easy way to keep your braces looking fresh for back-to-school is to check in with your local provider of affordable orthodontics, Utah Orthodontic Care. When you visit us at one of our conveniently located offices in the greater Salt Lake City area, a doctor will check to make sure that your braces are still working and ensure that there is no food stuck in some hard-to-reach place. Don’t delay—you don’t want food to sit in your braces and cause bad breath or tooth decay! Contact Utah Orthodontic Care today to find out more about affordable orthodontics or to schedule a free consultation.