Going back to school can be a fun, yet stressful process. But, adding braces to the mix can just make things even more stressful. On top of wondering how people are going to react to your new look, you will probably have to make some changes to your daily routine.
I still remember getting my braces on. It was the summer before I started seventh grade and my teeth were a mess. People would always want me to show off the gap in my teeth because I could use a straw without opening my mouth. Sometimes, people even asked me if I had teeth growing out of my tongue because of how crooked they were!
So, I was actually really excited to get braces. Not only did I want a nice smile for school, I actually thought braces looked pretty cool (that quickly changed when I got them on though). But, my biggest challenge when going back to school with braces was all the little things I had to change with my daily routine.
Here are three tips that might be able to help you when going back to school with braces on:
Tip #1 – Don’t Eat What You Aren’t Supposed To
This sounds simple enough right? Well, I had to learn this the hard way. I was sitting in the cafeteria debating whether or not to eat a pack of gummy worms (which I wasn’t supposed to eat). I thought I would look cool by breaking the rules and that one pack probably wouldn’t do anything. I was wrong. Half way through the pack, my wire came off and started cutting into my cheek. And it was painful.
Meaning, you should follow the rules that your dentist gives you. If he/she says you shouldn’t eat gummy worms, then don’t eat gummy worms.
Tip #2 – Keep Dental Wax On You
Going off the last point, you should always try to keep dental wax with you. You never know when your wire may come loose or your bracket may start irritating you. According to 1st Family Dental, placing a little wax over the problem area can help reduce irritation.
Don’t make the mistake I did. I didn’t have wax with me when my wire came loose and I had to deal with that pain until I went to the dentist.
Tip #3 – Check Your Teeth After Eating
Eating with braces on means things can get stuck in your teeth a lot. Try to keep a mirror nearby to check and see if there is anything lodged between your teeth.
The worst part is, most of the time people won’t tell you if they see something stuck in your teeth. Meaning, you can go the whole day and talk to a bunch of people without realizing something is in your teeth.
You can also keep a water bottle on you to help wash away any food particles after eating.
Do you have any tips or stories about wearing braces at school? Let me know in the comments!
Source: 1st Family Dental
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