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Back to School with Braces in 2020

Whether you’re going to be attending school in person or learning virtually from home this fall, getting “Back-to-School” is going to be a lot different this year. The extended time out of the classroom has made many of us realize just how fortunate we are to have excellent schools and teachers in Chesapeake, VA!

As you’re getting ready for the 2020-21 school year, Christenson Family Orthodontics has a couple tips that you can use where ever your classroom may be!

Plan for healthy snacks throughout the day.

Try to pick foods that will give you all-day energy – ones packed with protein and complex carbs. Avoid sugary, sticky foods that will stick to your teeth and braces and can lead to “white-spots” and cavities. Also avoid really hard and crunchy foods that can break off your braces. A couple good snack ideas are:

    • Steamed veggies
    • Soft fruits (bananas, kiwis, berries)
    • Yogurt
    • Cheese
    • Hard-boiled eggs

Drink lots of water!

Not only will this help keep you hydrated and alert during class, the water will help wash away any food particles or sugar left on your teeth or braces. Drinking water though out the day also helps fight bad breath!

Wear a mouth guard when playing sports

Mouth guards protect your teeth, your braces, and the inside of your mouth. Ask us for a free mouth-guard at your next appointment that will comfortably fit over your braces!

Brush after lunch!

For those of you learning at home, this should be much easier that it has been in the past. Take advantage of having your own bathroom sink available, and use it to brush your teeth!!

Check out our Life with Braces page for more ideas about taking care of your braces and keeping your treatment on track!  

As a mom who has been through many, many years of schooling, I appreciate the gift that is a good teacher. We are all doing our best to figure out how to manage life and school in this new normal. Make sure to take a minute to let your teachers know how much you appreciate all the extra time and effort that they have put in to planning the school year during the pandemic!