In order to have a beautiful smile, your child’s orthodontist may need to use metal braces or an Invisalign retainer to straighten their teeth. It’s important that your children take care of these appliances so that they can work efficiently. This can be difficult to do especially when they are outdoors or at school. This is why you should pack a braces hero kit for them to use when they are away from home. Here are some items that you should put in this kit.
So, a Braces Hero Kit…
Brackets and wires can cut into a child’s cheek, tongue or gums. Over time, they will get used to this. However, it can be very uncomfortable in the beginning. Wax can help ease this discomfort. Your child can use their fingers to put a small piece of wax over the part of the appliance that is bothering them. This will help the area heal, and it should stop further discomfort.
Floss And Floss Threaders
Flossing can be difficult to do with braces on the teeth. However, it’s still a necessary part of a braces kit and daily dental care. Floss threaders do make the entire process easier. Putting floss and floss threaders in your child’s kit will encourage them to floss, even if they are at school. You may need to show your child how to use them ahead of time. Make sure you talk to your orthodontist to find out how many times they would like your child to floss daily. Generally, just one time is sufficient.
Children may become more self-conscious about how their breath smells. Mouthwash is very helpful to pack in their kit. When they don’t have the option to brush their teeth, mouthwash will allow them to freshen their breath. It can also help them remove food particles as well. Just make sure that the mouthwash you choose is suitable for children.
Children often get a lot of food stuck in their metal braces. Some children will use foreign objects to try to dislodge it. This can cause them to inadvertently break their brackets or their wire. By including an interdental brush in their kit, you can keep this from happening. These brushes are small and round, and they can easily reach difficult to get to areas.
Orthodontic Rubber Bands
Some children will need to use orthodontic rubber bands. These rubber bands need to be changed several times a day. This is why you should pack a bag of them in a braces hero kit. This will allow your child to have access to fresh rubber bands, and it will help them remember to put new ones in. Your orthodontist will give your child these rubber bands.
In addition to the rubber bands, you may want to include a rubber band attacher. This will also be provided to you as well. Many children do have difficulty putting them on first, but over time they will learn how to easily do it.
Travel-Sized Toothbrush And Toothpaste
Your child should brush their teeth after every meal. This is why you need to make sure that they have access to a toothbrush and toothpaste and should include these items in their dental kit. Choose travel-sized items rather than full-sized ones. This will ensure that they fit easily in their kit, and it will allow for plenty of room for other items.
Talk to your child about the importance of brushing. It is a crucial part of keeping their teeth healthy when they are using metal braces or an Invisalign device to straighten their teeth.
Orthodontic Friendly Snack
If children have no other option, they may turn to prohibited snacks when they are hungry. This is why it’s a good idea to put an orthodontic-friendly snack in their kit. Even dried fruit or a granola bar can curb their hunger. Just make sure that whatever you put in there travels well. You don’t want something to become crushed or inedible. Remind your child that you put a snack in their kit so that they always have a safe item to eat.
A dental mirror can be invaluable to a child with braces. They can use it to see where to put their wax, or it can help them find a piece of food that is stuck in between their teeth. The nice thing about a dental mirror is that it’s small. It can easily fit in your child’s kit. It’s difficult to break, and you won’t have to worry about it getting cracked when your child’s kit is being transported.
Your child will put their hands in their mouth a lot. Sometimes they will be near a sink, and they will be able to wash their hands beforehand. However, when they are outdoors or riding in a car, they won’t have this option.
This is why it’s a good idea to place hand sanitizer in their kit. It will allow them to clean their hands at all times. They can get rid of germs before and after they put their hands in their mouth.
Your child’s mouth may bleed from time to time. This often happens when they cut their tongue on a metal bracket, or if they floss a little too roughly. Tissues can help them dab any blood, and it will keep them from swallowing it. Travel tissues are the perfect sized packs to put into your child’s kit.
It’s important that your child take care of their orthodontic appliances. By packing their kit with the items mentioned above, you can ensure that they are prepared at all times.
If you have questions about a braces hero kit or your child’s orthodontic care, call Dr. Gluck. We can help you determine what you need to do in order to keep your child’s smile healthy.
We can treat you in TN at either:
- Green Hills
- Hillsboro Village/Vanderbilt
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Gluck Orthodontics – Nashville Orthodontist
2002 Richard Jones Road, Suite A-200 Nashville, TN 37215
Phone: 615 269 5903
Braces Hero Kit for School and Outdoors (7+ Secrets)
Dr. Joel Gluck has practiced orthodontics since 1983 when he opened his own office in Nashville. He earned his undergraduate degree at Washington University in St. Louis, and his dental degree at the University of Tennessee. Dr. Gluck then completed an orthodontic specialty residency at the University of Michigan, one of the top five orthodontic training residencies in the country. He also wrote an original thesis and received a Master of Science degree.