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As you align your smile with braces, there’s something you can do to make the experience easier. Our Ortho*Dental, Inc. team recommends that you keep your orthodontic handbag equipped with the essentials you need so you can have a successful and worry-free day. Some things we recommend having in your handbag are:

· Orthodontic wax: Orthodontic wax is extremely helpful because, oftentimes, your braces will poke and bother you. If you have the wax with you, all you need to do is put it over the section that is giving you trouble and you will feel better in a jiffy.

· Lip balm: Braces tend to chap the lips a bit, which is why it’s best to keep lip balm with you at all times. Just put the lip balm on your lips when they are starting to feel dry and they will remain moist and fresh.

· Orthodontic elastics: If you are using elastics to align your smile, it’s important to keep extras with you. With all of the smiling, talking, and even singing you’ll be doing throughout the day, it’s inevitable that your elastics will break.

· Travel-sized oral hygiene tools: It’s very important that you brush and floss your teeth after every meal and snack. Doing so will free the food that is stuck in your teeth and it will keep your breath nice and fresh. So, make sure you pack a travel-sized toothbrush and toothpaste with you and you also have a flossing product of your choice.

If you keep these things with you throughout the day, you will have everything you need to stay comfortable and confident. If you have any questions or if you need more orthodontic wax or elastics, please call (505) 863-8100 and talk to a member of our caring orthodontic team. We also encourage you to schedule an appointment with Dr. if necessary. We look forward to your call!