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To help you have a more successful and positive experience with your braces, our Sunshine Dental Group team recommends keeping the following items in your handbag throughout the day:

· Orthodontic wax: If your braces ever bother you, orthodontic wax is here to help! When your appliance is poking and prodding you, just put the wax over the area and your lips and cheeks will glide over it the rest of the day.

· Lip balm: When you have braces, your lips tend to chap. So, it’s best to keep lip balm in your handbag. Using your lip balm will help you keep your lips moist and plump.

· 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 is strongly encouraged to brush and floss your teeth after each meal and snack; that way your smile will remain clean and healthy. So, make sure you have a travel-sized toothbrush, toothpaste, and flossing product with you at all times.

If you keep these things with you, you will have the tools you need to have the comfort and smile you deserve. There’s nothing worse than having a poking wire, a food-filled smile, or chapped lips, so the best way to avoid these troubles is to keep the proper tools you need throughout the day. If you have any questions or if you would like to schedule an appointment with Dr. Jorge de la Osa regarding more orthodontic tips, please remember that you can always call 626.579.4274 and talk to our friendly team. We are here to help you, and we look forward to your call!