Check out these braces care package, gift, and survival kit ideas. They’ll help with the adjustment to braces and will put a smile on their faces!

Braces Care Package Ideas

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 ether be a very exciting time or one during which extra encouragement will be needed. Either way, a braces care package, gift basket, or survival kit 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 gift that range from practical, to soothing, to just plain fun.

Braces-themed Cards and Gifts

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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.

Include OTC Pain Relievers in Your Braces Care Package or Survival Kit

Advil for Braces Care Package or Braces Survival Kit

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OTC pain relievers can be handy additions to your braces care package or survival kit (depending on age and health of recipient, of course), as they may be needed in the first few days following the initial banding and after subsequent tightening appointments.

Lip Balm

Lip Balm for Your Braces Care Package

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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.


stack of magazines to include in your braces survival kit or braces care package

Books, magazines, games, and music will help keep your loved one’s mind off of any discomfort they may be feeling during the initial days after receiving braces.

Include Soft Snacks in Your Braces Care Package or Survival Kit

strawberry Jello can be included in your braces care package

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Be sure to include soft snacks like Jello®, pudding, or applesauce in your braces care package or survival kit. Plenty of ice cream in the freezer isn’t a bad idea, either.

Gift Cards

Menchie's gift card braces gift

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Speaking of ice cream, a gift card for ice cream or frozen yogurt is both practical and pleasing. A gift card for clothes or a mani/pedi is another good option and will help the new braces wearer feel more confident in their appearance.

Braces Friendly Cookbook

The Braces Cookbook-a staple for any braces care package

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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 to Include in Your Braces Care Package or Survival Kit

Wisp optic white for braces survival kit

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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 or survival kit.

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, care package, or survival kit.

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.