The holiday season has finally arrived! And right now is the perfect time to start thinking of stocking stuffers and items to wrap and place underneath the tree. If you’re looking for a special way to show your kids you care, be sure to stock up on items to help them get through their time with braces. Here are some great gift ideas for kids to get you started!
New Toothbrushes Are Useful Gift Ideas for Kids
Keeping up with brushing is an essential way to keep teeth clean and avoid tooth decay while in orthodontic treatment. Getting a new toothbrush is a great start to your child’s healthy brushing habits.
Ideally, you should look for an electric toothbrush with soft-bristled heads. Electronic toothbrushes make it easier to clean teeth thoroughly, so your child or teen more easily get a complete clean every time they brush. The soft bristles will help prevent damage to the braces and the tooth enamel. Plus, it’s just more fun to brush with an electronic toothbrush!
Floss-Threader Makes Flossing with Braces Easier
Flossing is also another essential teeth-cleaning activity, but it can definitely be a bit tricker with braces. Since the wires create a barrier to the normal route of cleaning in between the teeth, your kids will need to thread their floss under the wires. If you get them a floss-threader, this task will be much easier. This is an ideal stocking-stuffer since you’ll likely want them to have spares in case one gets lost or damaged.
Another good item for kids and teens with braces to have on hand is dental wax, especially if they’ve just recently gotten braces. This great stocking stuffer is a thoughtful gift they’ll be able to put it to use right away.
Case for Retainer or Aligners
If you have kids who are using Invisalign or who are about to get a retainer, you can get them a fun case. Generally patients are given one to store their clear aligners or retainer in when they leave the orthodontist’s office, but it’s more practical than fashionable.
You can find all kinds of fun retainer and Invisalign cases with exciting designs, including sports team logos, creative patterns, and more! It’s a great gift that they’ll have fun with and be able to put to good use.
Brushing and flossing regularly is the best way to prevent tooth decay with braces, but it’s also helpful to add other cleaning methods for a more complete clean. Your kids will likely have fun cleaning their teeth with a WaterPik or other type of water or air flosser. It definitely doesn’t replace brushing or flossing, but it can help kids achieve better oral hygiene while having some fun in the process.
If you want to give your kids the gift of a new smile for the holidays, contact Smith Orthodontics today and schedule a free consultation!