Braces during college

Braces during collegePeople of varying ages can get braces.  Some people get them before or during their teenage years, while others have this kind of orthodontic work during adulthood.  Some people have braces during their college years.  Are there any special considerations for this?  Let’s explore the issue.

Let’s say, hypothetically, that you come to Owl Orthodontics to get your braces when you’re in high school, but during your treatment, you decide to go away to school.  What happens now?

Remain in contact with us
Just as if you were still in town, it’s still important to communicate with us. If you have any questions or concerns, give us a call.  Keep our phone number and website handy. If you have any questions, you may find that our website can be helpful for answering basic questions.  It’s always best to err on the side of caution, so if you’re not sure, give us a call. We are always happy to help.

Continue to follow our guidelines
You may be tempted to relax the rules about what you can and cannot eat with braces while you’re away at school, but this isn’t the time to do that. It’s a good idea to print out a copy of what’s on our website in case you forget what you should steer clear of.

Even when you’re tempted by foods on the list, it’s best to avoid them.  They may cause a variety of problems, including broken wires, bent wires, or broken brackets. When you consider all of the foods available to you, the list of foods to avoid is pretty small. When you find yourself leaning toward something on this list, choose something else instead.

Plan to see us when you’re in town
We’ll continue to monitor you, so it’s important that you make an appointment to see us when you’ll be back in Western New York.  At that time, we can check your progress, change any bands or wires that need to be changed, and answer any questions you may have.  In addition, we can make sure you’re on track with your treatment and deal with any problems that may have arisen.

Find an orthodontist near your school
Even though we’ll see you when you’re home, it’s important for you to have an orthodontist you can see if any problems arise while you’re at school.  Although it’s rare to have emergencies, it’s possible that you may have a situation in which it would be advisable to have an orthodontist examine you to make sure a small problem doesn’t turn into a large one.

Relax and enjoy college
College is exciting. Make the most of this time and don’t worry about your braces. At the end of your college days, you’ll have a degree as a result of all your hard work. At the end of your college treatment, you’ll have a healthy mouth and a beautiful smile. Enjoy both of them!