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Back to school with braces

If your child is heading back to school with braces, be prepared with these tips:

  • Stay on track with orthodontic appointments to ensure brackets are secure and wires are trimmed and in place. Stock up on orthodontic wax to send to school with your child, just in case something starts to rub.

  • Review what foods are ideal with braces. Packed lunches are a great way to make sure your child is eating braces-safe foods.

  • Get a travel toothbrush for your student to keep in a backpack or locker. Brushing at lunch will help keep their teeth clean and healthy.

  • Send a mirror for your child’s locker so they can check for embarrassing food debris that might get trapped in braces.

  • If back-to-school means back-to-sports, invest in an orthodontic mouthguard to protect your child’s braces and mouth.

When schools provide academic calendars, schedule your child's orthodontic appointments. Many parents like having appointments on in-service days or late start/early release days, so get your appointments on the books for a smooth school year.


This smile is brought to you by:

Wade L. Haslam, DMD, PC

2657 NW Rolling Green Drive Corvallis | 541.757.2440


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