We have carefully resumed routine orthodontic care to serve you. Please see our safety procedures here and call us for your next visit.

alarm-ringing ambulance angle2 archive arrow-down arrow-left arrow-right arrow-up at-sign baby baby2 bag binoculars book-open book2 bookmark2 bubble calendar-check calendar-empty camera2 cart chart-growth check chevron-down chevron-left chevron-right chevron-up circle-minus circle city clapboard-play clipboard-empty clipboard-text clock clock2 cloud-download cloud-windy cloud clubs cog cross crown cube youtube diamond4 diamonds drop-crossed drop2 earth ellipsis envelope-open envelope exclamation eye-dropper eye facebook file-empty fire flag2 flare foursquare gift glasses google graph hammer-wrench heart-pulse heart home instagram joystick lamp layers lifebuoy link linkedin list lock magic-wand map-marker map medal-empty menu microscope minus moon mustache-glasses paper-plane paperclip papers pen pencil pie-chart pinterest plus-circle plus power printer pushpin question rain reading receipt recycle reminder sad shield-check smartphone smile soccer spades speed-medium spotlights star-empty star-half star store sun-glasses sun tag telephone thumbs-down thumbs-up tree tumblr twitter user users wheelchair write yelp youtube

What Should Go in a Braces Care Kit?

Anyone with braces should have a handy braces kit they can bring with them to deal with minor issues that crop up throughout the day.

Here’s what we recommend including in a kit:

1. A water bottle. Water helps rinse away food debris stuck between brackets and increase saliva flow, and saliva is the first line of defense against harmful bacteria and enamel-eroding acids.

2. Toothbrush and toothpaste. Anyone with metal braces should be brushing after each meal or snack to keep food debris from lingering and attracting harmful oral bacteria. However, try to dry off the toothbrush as much as possible after using it and avoid storing it in an airtight container so that it doesn’t get moldy!

3. Flossers. Brushing isn’t always enough to get every piece of stuck food, and regular floss can be tricky to use with braces. Special floss picks made for navigating around braces can really help get around the brackets and wires to floss quickly and easily.

4. A small mirror to check for food debris.

5. Orthodontic wax for poking wires or brackets.

6. Extra elastics. It’s essential to follow the orthodontist’s instructions on how long to wear them during the day and how many to wear, and it’s always good to have a few spares on hand. But never wear more elastics than instructed to!

7. Painkillers for soreness, particularly in the days right after an adjustment.

Top image used under CC0 Public Domain license. Image cropped and modified from original.
The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.