Getting braces is a big step in anyone’s life whether that person be a child, teen, or adult. Depending on the patient’s perspective (and likely, age), this will be a very exciting time or one during which extra encouragement will be needed.
But whether the mood is congratulatory or condolent, a braces care package is a great way to support your loved one’s new look and lifestyle. The following is a list of ideas you can include in your braces care package that range from practical, to soothing, to just plain fun.
Braces-related Cards and Gifts
Websites like Zazzle offer a variety of braces-themed greeting cards, t-shirts, mugs, and other gifts, many of which can be further customized to include the recipient’s name or a special message.
A doll or stuffed animal donning braces will help younger patients feel less alone on their orthodontic journey. For example, the American Girl® brand offers a ‘Healthy Smile Set’ that can be used with any of their dolls. And, a quick Google search will help you track down plush dolls wearing braces, like this adorable Domo doll made by License 2 Play.
OTC Pain Relievers
OTC pain relievers can be handy additions to your braces care package (depending on age and health of recipient, of course), as they may become necessary in the first few days following the initial banding and after subsequent tightening appointments.
A favorite-flavored lip balm or Chapstick® (or two or three) will help alleviate any chafing while the patient’s lips are adjusting to the braces.
Books, magazines, games, and music are great additions to your braces care package and will help keep your loved one’s mind off of any discomfort he or she may be feeling during the initial days after receiving braces.
Be sure to include soft snacks like Jello®, pudding, or applesauce in your braces care package. Plenty of ice cream in the freezer isn’t a bad idea, either.
Speaking of ice cream, a gift card for ice cream or frozen yogurt, or even clothes or a mani/pedi to help the new braces wearer feel more confident is a worthy addition to any braces care package.
Braces Friendly Cookbook
A braces-friendly cookbook would be an excellent braces care package item for the budding chef in the family. And, if you’re the crafty type, you could even make your own with braces-friendly recipes you find on the internet.
Tools of the Trade
Although your orthodontist will likely send the patient home with essentials like orthodontic wax and plaque disclosing tablets, floss picks and disposable toothbrushes are practical and affordable options for your braces care package.
If you’re looking to include a more substantial gift in your care package, consider a sonic toothbrush or WaterPik to make your newly-banded loved one’s oral care routine that much easier and more effective (Incidentally, we here at Vancouver Orthodontic Specialists, PLLC offer a free Sonicare® toothbrush with each new banding. 😀 ).
We hope this list has been helpful and informative for those of you wanting to treat a braces-wearing loved one with a gift or care package.
And for those of you still looking for an orthodontist in the Vancouver, WA area, contact us today to schedule your free consultation and exam with Dr. Irwin.