What is a Braces Starter Pack? (ANSWERS HERE)
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A braces starter pack. Braces are one of the most common types of orthodontic care that adults and children receive, and there is no denying the excitement that you feel on the first day that you begin your treatment plan. While you can’t wait until the day when you see your dazzling smile gleaming in the mirror, you do have a little work to do to get to the point that your teeth look amazing when the braces come off.
For this reason, we recommend that our patients use a braces starter pack. With these kits, you have all of the supplies that you need to keep up with your oral hygiene maintenance whether you are at home and on the go. Plus, we just can’t resist the fun that comes with finding travel-sized versions of your favorite mouthwashes and toothpaste. While a beautiful smile is a perfect gift that you can give yourself, we also want to let you know a few things about starter packs to get you excited about your first day of treatment.
Reasons You Need a Braces Starter Pack
A braces kit does more than just help you celebrate your first day of working on getting better teeth. It also gives you a place to keep all of the supplies you need to keep up with your oral hygiene. Depending upon the type of braces that you get and your current oral hygiene routine, you may need to make a few lifestyle modifications during your treatment.
For example, you may need to start brushing your teeth at school or work to remove food debris that gets stuck in the wires after lunch. Or, you may need to carry a special mouth rinse to use during times when you can’t quickly brush your teeth before putting your clear plastic aligner trays back in.
We know that it takes time to remember to do these extra parts of your oral health routine, which is why we use starter kits to help you keep all of the supplies you need handy. Often, just catching a glimpse of the kit in your school bag or purse is all it takes to remind you to head to the bathroom for a quick cleaning of your teeth. You can also add items to your kit that help with minor emergencies such as dental wax to ease the sting of a broken wire.
Common Items That You Find In a Braces Treatment Kit
Your braces starter pack should typically have the obvious things that you need to perform your new oral hygiene routine. For instance, it may be time for a new toothbrush and toothpaste. You may also need some floss, especially if you haven’t been flossing on a daily basis. Mouthwash that is safe to use with your appliances may also be included in the kit.
Your braces starter pack might also need a few items that are strategically added for your specific type of treatment. For instance, interdental brushes are great for removing trapped food particles in your braces wires. Alternatively, you may need a storage case for your clear plastic aligners. Dental floss threaders, elastic bands and dental wax are a few more supplies that you might need in your kit to help you handle any situation that you come across.
While you are at it, put in a mirror. You never know when you may need to use the kit away from home where getting to a bathroom is a challenge, and having a mirror handy lets you see if there is food stuck in your teeth or an irritated spot on your inner cheek. If you are not sure what all you need to add to your kit, just ask your orthodontist what supplies are necessary to make sure that you get the most out of your treatment.
Places to Take Your Starter Kit
The treatment plan that your orthodontist provides you will outline when and how you need to perform your new oral hygiene routine. This typically involves simple things such as brushing your teeth at least twice a day and flossing daily or whenever you have food stuck in your appliances. Take a few minutes to think about where you will be during meals or what you might do that could lead to minor issues such as a broken wire.
Then, make sure to carry your starter kit with you. Most orthodontic care patients prefer to keep their kit with them when they go to school or work. If you are old enough to drive, you can stash your kit in the car so that you always have it available when you are away from home.
How to Remember When to Replenish Used Up Items
The supplies in your braces kit need to be replenished periodically, and checking on the status of items such as toothpaste is a great way for you to find out if your child is keeping up with their oral hygiene if you are a parent. For teens, you can use your kit to help you know if you are brushing often enough. While you shouldn’t have to replace toothpaste every day, a trial-size version will need to be replenished during your treatment.
Try to set up a regular routine that involves checking the items in your kit once a week. You could do this before you or your parents go grocery shopping so that you can just add them to the list. This method is especially effective for replenishing items that you don’t always use every day such as dental wax.
Tips to Stay Motivated to Use Your Kit
Your orthodontist can customize your appliances with fun band colors and bracket shapes that increase the fun involved with straightening your teeth. You can also use this method at home by personalizing your kit so that you enjoy taking it with you wherever you go. From adding rhinestones to a cute bag to putting your supplies into a sports backpack, you have tons of options for making personal hygiene care fun.
Contact us Today
Does the thought of starting your orthodontic treatment fill you with excitement? Give our staff at Gorton and Schmohl Orthodontics a call so that we can celebrate your first day of treatment together.
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What is a Braces Starter Pack? (ANSWERS HERE)
Dr. Jasmine Gorton, a Bay Area native, graduated from UC Berkeley with Bachelor degrees in both Integrative Biology and Social Sciences and then went on to graduate from Harvard with honors for her Doctorate in Dental Medicine.
She continued her education at UCSF with a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Growth and Development, followed by an Orthodontic Residency with a Master of Science in Oral Biology.