Braces have become increasingly popular over the past few decades, with the number of Americans getting braces increasing by more than 100% since 1982! In fact, according to the American Association of Orthodontists, about 4 million Americans wear dental braces. Although modern metal braces are far more comfortable than they used to be, and clear aligners are now an option for many patients, the process of straightening your teeth is still a big deal and they take awhile to get used to.
To make the process more enjoyable, we offer the following ideas for fun and practical gifts that are sure to make anyone with braces smile this holiday season.
1. Braces-Themed Merchandise
Websites like Zazzle and Cafe Press have a wide variety of braces-themed greeting cards, t-shirts, mugs, and other gifts. Some gifts can even be customized with the recipient's name or other personalized message.
2. Gift Card for Ice Cream or Frozen Yogurt
The soft and creamy texture, taste, and thrill of ice cream and frozen yogurt make them a favorite treat for nearly anyone. Those with braces just have to resist adding any sticky or crunchy ingredients, which is easy enough considering the wide range of flavors and toppings available these days.
3. Water Flosser
Also known as a water irrigator, this device uses a stream of pressurized water to remove food debris between teeth and even below the gumline. Though for best results, we recommend also using traditional flossing even if you use a water flosser. But a water flosser can be especially helpful for cleaning out between braces wires and around brackets. And speaking of flossing...
4. Platypus Flosser
This flosser is like other disposable flossers, except it features a unique spatula on one end -- shaped like the bill of a platypus -- which fits under the arch wire so you can easily fit the section of floss in between brackets.
5. Travel-Size "Survival Kit"
Braces often require on-the-go maintenance, whether at work, school, or play. That's why a convenient collection of travel-size oral health products is sure to come in handy. Most grocery stores have a section of small travel-size products, where you can get miniature toothbrushes, tubes of toothpaste, bottles of mouthwash, a compact mirror, and even a little zippered bag to put everything in.
Happy Holidays From Stroope Orthodontics!
Our team wishes you and your family a happy and safe holiday season. If you have any questions about how to help your loved ones take care of their braces, or are considering getting braces yourself, don't hesitate to reach out to our Springdale or Farmington location!