Back to Basics: Ortho on the Go

As our kids head back to school this month, we are taking a few weeks to get back to the basics and help you return to your normal routine so that you and your children can thrive. This week we’re focusing on orthodontics, specifically travel kits with the basic supplies your child needs to care for their orthodontic appliances at school. 

Every travel kit needs a travel-sized toothbrush and toothpaste. You can find these in the travel section of your favorite local retailer, and many of the toothbrushes fold in half, making it easy for kids to keep one in their backpack or locker. We also recommend picking up a pack of floss picks to keep in the kit, allowing your child to clean the hard-to-reach places while away from home. 

Orthodontic Necessities
Now that we’ve covered the top three essentials for your child’s travel kit, let’s take a look at a few must-haves for children with braces or other orthodontic appliances. First, make sure your child has a box of wax in their travel kit. This can come in handy with broken brackets and poking wires, ensuring your child can stay comfortable until they can see an orthodontist. If you need to pick up a spare pack, just stop by our offices or check your local retailer. 

We also recommend adding a pack of proxabrushes to the travel kit. These are tiny toothbrushes that make it easy to clean between brackets and wires, and they are essential for children with braces. 

If your child is old enough and their school allows them to carry their own medication, you might consider sending a small bottle of Ibuprofen to school with them. We typically recommend Ibuprofen because it’s an anti-inflammatory, but Tylenol is also a great option. 

If your child uses rubber bands with their braces, you’ll want to make sure they have a spare pack in their travel kit. They’ll change rubber bands every time they eat, which can add up between breakfast, lunch, and snacks. 

The Travel Kit
So you’ve picked up all the supplies for your travel kit, but now you need something to keep them in. We love travel soap containers, and we think they’re perfect for travel kits. They’re very affordable, and they’re the perfect size to hold a pair of tweezers, nail clippers, a travel-sized toothbrush and toothpaste, floss picks, and any other orthodontic necessities. 

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