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Back to School Advice from Twin Cities Orthodontist

Back To School Advice for the Orthodontic Patient

It’s nearly time for the State Fair, which means it’s just about time for many of our patients to head back to school!  With the change in routine, it is important to give a little extra attention to making sure your teeth are well cared for.  Here are some tips from the Spring Lake Park orthodontists near you!

  1. Be sure to set aside a little extra time to properly brush and floss.  Excellent oral hygiene will prevent unsightly scarring or puffy gums from developing.  Many patients keep a toothbrush at work or school so they can brush their teeth after snacking or eating lunch.
  2. If you have removable retainers or Invisalign aligners, don’t forget to keep your case nearby!  Whenever your retainer or Invisalign aligner is not in your mouth, it should be in a case so it doesn’t get bent, broken or lost.  Lunchrooms are a notorious place for losing retainers!
  3. If you are wearing elastics full time, you may ask for a second bag of elastics to keep at school or work.  Be sure to carefully follow all instructions regarding elastic wear.  This will help you get your braces off sooner!
  4. Please see your dentist every six months (at a minimum!) for regular check-ups and cleanings.  Visits to your orthodontist are not substitutes for regular dental exams.
  5. If you have a brace or retainer that’s loose or broken, do your best to make yourself comfortable (for example, use your wax).  Give us a call if you’re not sure whether or not to come in.  If you do notice that something doesn’t feel right, please call and we will be sure to make time to see you as soon as possible.  If you have a loose brace soon before your next visit, give us a call in advance so we can have the appropriate supplies set up.  This helps us to serve all patients in a timely manner.

If you have any questions or have additional tips to share with other patients, feel free to contact us or post your comments on the blog!

For More Information

Please call (763) 784-0420 or visit www.ZapfelOrthodontics.com for more information or to schedule a complimentary initial examination and x-ray.  Zapfel Orthodontics is located at 1130 NE County Road 10 in Spring Lake Park, MN 55432 and serves the Minneapolis/St. Paul Twin Cities including Coon Rapids, Blaine, Fridley and Mounds View, Minnesota.

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When I worked in orthodontics I used to tell kids to wrap a rubber band around their pencil to remind them to put more rubber bands on after lunch.

Great information doc. 🙂

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