December 23, 2023
Orthodontic treatment with braces can be both exciting and challenging. Exciting because at the end of it all, you’ll have a straighter, healthier smile; challenging because of the commitment. To ensure a smooth and comfortable experience, you’ll need to have the right tools at your disposal.
If you need a guide for the creation of a braces survival kit, continue reading. You’ll find a collection of must-have tools that will make your braces treatment more comfortable and successful.
The List for Your Braces Survival Kit
As you read through this list of essentials, you’ll learn why each piece is good to have in your kit, and how to use it.
1. Orthodontic Wax
Why: This wax can be used to alleviate irritation caused by braces wires or brackets.
How: Apply a small amount of wax to any irritating area for relief.
2. Interdental Brushes
Why: These special brushes can clean between braces and wires, where traditional toothbrushes may struggle.
How: Gently insert the brush between braces and wires. Move it back and forth to remove debris.
3. Orthodontic Toothbrush
Why: With this specially designed toothbrush, cleaning around braces and wires is a snap.
How: Brush with gentle motions, holding the brush at different angles to ensure thorough cleaning around braces.
4. Orthodontic Floss or Floss Threaders
Why: These floss sticks effectively navigate between braces and wires for efficient flossing.
How: Use floss threaders or specially designed floss to clean between braces as described on the packaging.
5. Non-Alcoholic Mouthwash
Why: There is plenty of bacteria in your mouth where brushes can’t reach. This will help you reduce bad mouth bacteria and the risk of cavities.
How: Rinse your mouth for at least a minute as part of your daily oral care routine.
6. Pain Relievers
Why: At times, especially after your braces are adjusted, you may need to dull some discomfort.
How: Follow the recommended guide on the packaging and chase with water.
7. Water Bottle
Why: Staying hydrated is important to avoid dry mouth and clean teeth after eating.
How: Keep a water bottle nearby at all times. Drink and swish after meals.
Creating a braces survival kit tailored to your needs ensures that your orthodontic treatment continues without a hitch. By incorporating these tools into your routine, your teeth and your braces will be cleaner and more manageable.
So, the next time you see your orthodontist, show them this list and ask what they would add to it! Continue to grow your toolkit for an easier journey with braces and a brighter smile at the end.
About the Practice
At Cartwright Orthodontics, Dr. Gary Cartwright and Dr. Nicholas Palmer are your talented and friendly dental experts. They enjoy working with their patients, offering top-notch dental care tailored to your smile goals. Whether you need traditional braces or other orthodontic treatment, they use ultramodern technology and techniques to provide treatments that are efficient and affordable. Call (724) 942-5130 to schedule a braces consultation or visit the website to browse their other services.
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