Finding the perfect Christmas gift for a hard-to-please teen can be tough. If there is a child or teen in your life who recently began their journey towards a straighter smile with braces, the perfect gift can be even more challenging to find.
Here are five perfect gift ideas for anyone in your life who is sporting a silver smile thanks to orthodontic treatments.
Braces Survival Kit
If you’re in search of a gift for someone who just recently got braces, there’s no better gift than to help them prepare for the future. Adjusting to braces can be tough, but with the right tools, your child will be able to carry on in confidence. Create the ultimate braces survival kit that comes with all kinds of goodies including:
- A compact mirror to check for left-behind food
- A pop-up folding cup for rinsing
- A mini-toothbrush for on-the-go cleaning
- Mini toothpaste
- Orthodontic wax
- Braces-friendly floss
- Mini mouthwash
- Lip balm
Add in a few other essentials including a hairbrush, a mini deodorant, and any other mini-favorites to make the focus less on braces and more on them. Pack all of the survival kit items into a lightweight nylon pouch for easy, on-the-go convenience.
When you have braces, even simple tasks like brushing your teeth well can be challenging. Brushing and rinsing are a must to keep teeth healthy, especially during orthodontic treatment. In addition to a quality toothpaste and mouthwash, an electric toothbrush specially designed to get in and around brackets and wires is a must. These handy electric toothbrushes also have built-in timers to ensure they get in a full two minutes, twice a day.
Waterpik Ultra Water Flosser
This handy flossing aid may be a tad more expensive than the other items on this list, but parents everywhere agree that investing in a Waterpik during orthodontic treatment it is some of the best money they have spent. The gentle water jet can dislodge food particles from tough-to-reach places comfortably. The cool burst of water can be particularly relieving when gums and teeth are sore after an orthodontic adjustment.
Don’t let the name of this product mislead you. It will be sure to become one of your braces-wearing child’s most needed product. When it comes to alleviating soreness caused by brackets, this product is the best-of-the-best. More durable than traditional dental wax, it is easy to apply and perfect to carry in a bag or backpack. The kit includes Opal Pix – a go-to for everyone in braces.
The Perfect Stocking Stuffer
Patients with braces are at a higher risk for cavities because food gets trapped easily around brackets and behind wires. As a proactive measure, you can help to strengthen and repair enamel, and even reverse white spot lesions. Clinipro prescription-strength toothpaste is perfect for anyone wearing braces. It delivers a powerful punch of fluoride while re-mineralizing teeth.
The Gift of a White Christmas Smile
For the person in your life who just got their braces off, or who is about to, treat them to a whiter and brighter smile. Professional whitening treatments or at-home whitening products can help to whiten teeth the healthy way, resulting in a gorgeous smile that is sure to shine all year long. Channel your inner creativity when it comes to gift giving. These holiday gift ideas for the braces-wearing child or teen in your life are sure to be a hit.
Did you discover an even better braces-friendly gift idea? Let Thomas Orthodontics know at your next appointment so we can share your great discovery with other patients.