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Back-to-School Orthodontic Advice: Preparing Bend’s Students for a New School Year

It’s that time of year again! The leaves are changing, school is back in session, and your child is getting excited for all the fun and learning they have ahead. But with all this excitement, it can also mean some big changes for your child’s orthodontic treatment. So, what do you need to do to prepare your child for the new school year? Let’s take a look!

Brush Up on Good Habits

The first step is to make sure your child is practicing good oral hygiene. If they have braces, it’s important to remember that their braces can make it harder to keep their teeth clean. Make sure your child is properly brushing and flossing each day. If you notice that their braces are making it difficult to reach certain areas, talk to your orthodontist about any additional tips or tools that could help.

Keep a Close Eye on Their Mouth

As your child heads back to school, it’s important to make sure you’re keeping an eye on their braces to make sure everything is in good repair. There aren’t as many opportunities for a quick check to make sure their braces are secure, so make it a regular part of your child’s routine before they head out the door in the morning. It’s also a good idea to remind your child to avoid any activities that could potentially damage their braces. This includes things like chewing gum, biting their nails, or playing with their brackets or wires.

Stay on Track with Appointments

As your child heads back to school, things can get pretty crazy pretty quickly. But it’s important to make sure you’re staying on track with their regular orthodontic appointments. Not only does this help to ensure their treatment is progressing as it should, but it also helps to prevent any additional problems from popping up. Try to schedule their appointments during one of their breaks from school for added convenience.

Get the Right Supplies

Depending on your child’s treatment, it may be necessary to provide them with additional supplies. These can include things like special toothbrushes, toothpaste, floss, mouthwashes, and other items. Make sure your child has what they need for their treatment and encourage them to use the supplies the way they’re meant to be used.

Talk to Your Orthodontist

If you have any questions or concerns about your child’s braces, don’t be afraid to talk to your orthodontist. They can provide you with advice and tips on how to best care for your child’s braces, as well as answer any questions you have about their treatment. They may also be able to provide you with additional resources to help make the transition from summer to a new school year a little easier.


It’s important to take the time to prepare your child for the new school year. This includes preparing them for any changes to their orthodontic treatment. Make sure your child is practicing good oral hygiene, keep a close eye on their braces, stay on track with appointments, provide them with the proper supplies, and don’t be afraid to talk to your orthodontist if you have any questions or concerns. By taking these steps, you can help prepare your child for a successful school year!