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There is nothing worse if you wear braces than being away from home and ill-prepared; without the right supplies, you may find yourself uncomfortable or even experiencing pain related to your braces. Put in some basic braces preparation and know what you need before leaving home. Finding these supplies once you are on the road could be costly or in vain.

Wear braces? Be prepared with a survival kit containing these integral items:

Toothbrush and Toothpaste

Whether you wear braces or not, it is a good idea to carry a toothbrush and toothpaste for after eating or drinking- it is basic oral heath and hygiene. Make sure to put the toothbrush in a plastic bag or other protective container to keep it clean and free from bacteria. Choose your favorite toothpaste in a travel size or smaller variation to fit in your kit perfectly.

Floss and Picks

Wearing braces means that you must be vigilant about flossing and removing particles or debris from your teeth. For this reason, it makes sense to carry a few flossers and picks along in your braces survival kit. Toss in a conventional roll of dental floss, too; this can also be quite handy after a meal when away from home.

Dental Wax

Another item that is not unknown to those that wear braces is dental wax. This is an excellent thing to have on-hand if you have a poking wire or bracket on your orthodontic gear. It serves as buffer between the often-uncomfortable metal braces and your mouth- it can protect and help save your mouth, lips, and cheeks from wounds and sores.  Dental wax is widely available but also often provided to patients from their orthodontist.

Lip Balm

It doesn’t hurt to carry some lip balm or ointment to soothe dry or sore lips. Braces can be hard on your mouth- including lips- so bring a bit of balm to emolliate and moisturize, as needed.

Pain Reliever

It is a good idea to include some sort of over-the-counter pain reliever in your survival kit. This may be particularly helpful after a recent tightening or adjustment, which may cause temporary discomfort for some patients. Ask the orthodontist about the best pain relievers for mouth pain.

Bottle of Water

Go ahead and add bottled water to your survival kit for rinsing after brushing or eating- as well as for taking medicine if you are experiencing discomfort. A simple bottle of water is always a worthwhile item to carry with you when out and about.

Do you- or someone you love- wear braces? If so, prepare one of these basic braces survival kits to keep in the car, desk, purse, or bookbag; pick up simple water-repellent bags with zipper enclosures to contain all of these items. For orthodontic appointments and care, reach out to the smile experts at Reese Orthodontics in Charleston, South Carolina, today!

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If you want to learn more about our orthodontic practice - where we offer extensive experience with a Board Certified Orthodontist, where we offer a satisfaction guarantee, and where we offer flexible payment options - Reese Orthodontics is here to serve you.

"Dr. Reese and staff share an inviting personality with a clean and professional atmosphere. I am very happy with the service, the product and the final result. I would encourage any of my friends and family to consult with Dr. Reese around their Orthodontic needs."
- Austin H.
"It has been a great experience all around getting braces at Dr. Reese Orthodontics. It's a great office with wonderful and friendly staff. I am extremely happy with the results. Can't say enough good things about Dr. Reese and his staff. I highly recommend him!"
- Nicole S.
"Dr. Reese and his staff was referred to me by a friend, and I highly recommend them! They were friendly, professional, helpful and quick to respond. I could not be happier with the results of Invisalign. I wore them about 7 months and my teeth are as straight as can be. Thank you for the great care and results!"
- Dancy E.
"I chose the absolute perfect orthodontist to perfect my smile. Dr. Reese has a personality that calms you and removes the anxiety that may come with the process. Dr. Reese is a true artist. I am so excited with my new smile. Dr. Reese accomplished the goals I was looking for and I am forever grateful. Thank you Dr. Reese!!!"
- Melanie C.
"Just awesome! Dr. Reese is the one to go to. He knows what he's doing and is great at what he does. Makes you feel like family every time you go visit. I can't get over how great my smile looks now. Definitely recommended."
- Harsha P.
*The reviews listed are from actual patients of Reese Orthodontics.
Individual results may vary. Reviews are not claimed to represent results for everyone.
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Dr. Reese McElveen, our award-winning orthodontist in Charleston, South Carolina has transformed the smiles of over 11,000 patients. Reese Orthodontics offers the most advanced orthodontic care for children and adults. Types of braces and orthodontic treatment include metal braces, clear braces, gold braces, Invisalign, Invisalign Teen, Damon Braces, SureSmile. Dr. Reese can even help you achieve your confident smile faster with AcceleDent.

Call 843.573.7279 today to schedule your appointment with our board certified orthodontist in Charleston, SC, at our conveniently located Charleston orthodontic office. Come experience Reese Orthodontics and you will see for yourself that we offer innovative and effective orthodontic care in Charleston, Downtown Charleston, West Ashley, James Island, Mount Pleasant, North Charleston, Johns Island, Goose Creek, Hanahan and Ladson, South Carolina (SC).