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Back-to-School Hack: Braces Survival Kit

The new school year is in full swing! There’s a rush of excitement. You’re making new friends; you’ve got new classes and new teachers. But often times that excitement comes with anxiety, and if you wear braces, that’s just one more thing to stress about. But don’t worry! We’ve got an easy way to minimize the anxiety about your braces at school and help you have an awesome school year with our braces survival kit.

Braces Survival Kit

Carrying a braces survival kit with you to school means you’ll always have readily at hand, and in one place, what you need to take the best care of your teeth and braces. Keep it in your backpack or locker just like the rest of your essentials like your lunchbox and notebooks. There are a number of commercial kits available (you’ll find many online), or you can make your own. Whichever route you go, make sure your kit contains at least the following items.

  • Braces wax – Dental wax is a must-have for braces; you don’t want to be without it! Your braces may rub against and irritate your cheek, lips, or gums. The best way to treat this is by applying a little dental wax to your braces. This will protect the irritated area, help it heal, and prevent further discomfort.
  • Travel toothbrush and toothpaste – It’s especially important when you’re wearing braces to brush your teeth! Your braces create more surfaces where food and bacteria can hide. Having a toothbrush and toothpaste handy allows you to brush after every meal (or snack!).
  • Pocket mirror – Your new friends may clue you in when you have food particles stuck in your braces. If you make sure you’re always carrying a pocket mirror you don’t need to rely on them to tell you, you can check for yourself. Use the mirror after every brushing to make sure you did a thorough job, and save yourself the embarrassment of hearing from your friends that you didn’t!
  • Floss/dental pick – The best way to floss your teeth with braces is to use an orthodontic floss threader to thread the floss underneath the wire. You can also use a dental pick to dislodge food from under the hooks and between brackets.
  • Orthodontic rubber bands – If wearing rubber bands is part of your orthodontic treatment, make sure your kit contains plenty of extras for after lunch or snacks.



Contact Doctor Andy Today!

To take the best care of your braces, you should get bi-annual orthodontic check-ups and cleanings. Back-to-school is a perfect time to schedule an appointment with Doctor Andy! Give us a call at (440) 842-8015 or send us an email at to get started.

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