At Olson Orthodontics we try our very best to make every patient’s orthodontic experience as easy and fun as possible. If you have a child who is going back to school with braces, here are some helpful tips we’ve put together to make the transition as smooth and stress-free as possible!

1. Stay prepared with a braces care kit. Some of the best items to have in this kit are:
• A soft bristled toothbrush
• Fluoride toothpaste
• Dental floss
• Dental wax
• Lip balm

2. Keep snacks and lunches braces-friendly and avoid broken brackets! Foods that are too sticky, crunchy or chewy should be avoided because they have the potential to break wires and brackets. Healthy snacks like yogurt and applesauce are always a great, braces-friendly way to supplement lunch.

3. Purchase a mouthguard for your student athlete. If your child has braces and also plays sports, or has gym class, you may want to consider investing in an orthodontic mouthguard. Sports and other physical activity can increase the risk of braces being damaged or your child’s cheeks, gums, or mouth being injured.

The journey to a gorgeous smile and healthier mouth takes time, but we aim to make it as easy and fun as possible. We want to help make this school year a success for all the students we treat, so if you or your child has any questions or concerns just give us a call.

Olson Orthodontics wishes all students and teachers a great start to the school year!