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3 Things Every Person with Braces Needs in Their Backpack or Purse

Every person with braces knows what it is like to have a “braces emergency” when they are away from home. Whether you have food lodged between your brackets or a loose wire, it can be embarrassing, irritating, or even painful when you don’t have any easy solution on hand. So, to save you from future stress, here are three things you should always carry in your backpack or purse if you wear braces.

Orthodontic Wax

Orthodontic wax is a braces-wearer’s best friend. If you are out and about and feel a sore coming on, all you have to do is take a bit of wax, roll it into a ball, and then stick the wax onto whatever part of your braces is causing the issue. That way, you don’t have to deal with the pain during work, school, or other activities. Wax can also help keep loose pieces of your braces attached until you can see your orthodontist.

Travel Toothbrush

Eating meals away from home when you have braces can be a nightmare. Without all of your bathroom supplies, how else are you going to get stubborn pieces of food out of your brackets? To rid yourself of an embarrassing situation during mealtime while out-and-about, pack a travel toothbrush. These toothbrushes are often foldable, making them a portable, easy solution. Ideally, you should also pack a small mirror to help you as you are brushing out the gunk in the case that a bathroom is inaccessible.

Pain Medication

As annoying as it is, pain and discomfort are normal when adjusting to life with braces. If you have recently gotten braces or adjusted them, you may be feeling some distress—and this can be a huge distraction from your daily activities. Be prepared for the soreness to strike by keeping around a travel-sized container of pain relievers with you at all times.

Being prepared with the necessities can save you from dealing with any braces catastrophes that may come your way. Mitigate stress and embarrassment by keeping wax, cleaning supplies, and pain meds on your person at all times. And don’t forget to schedule an appointment with your orthodontist if you are consistently experiencing problems with your braces that are affecting your everyday life. They can help you get the care you need.

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