Survival Kits for Kids & Teens

What's In My Kit!   |   Foods to Avoid   |   Emergency Information   |   Tips!

What's In My Kit!


  • Wax: Place a small amount of wax over any part of your braces that is poking, rubbing or irritating your cheeks or lips. We can take a look at this at your next appointment.
  • Analgesic Cream: If your braces cause you pain, dab this cream anywhere in your mouth to relieve the irritation.
  • Bite Wafer: To relieve pain and pressure, bite on this foam wafer.
  • Mouth Mirror: Use this mirror to make sure you did a thorough job after brushing your teeth.
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  • Travel Toothbrush: This is a small toothbrush that you can take with you everywhere, even to school! Use it to brush your teeth after eating a meal or snack.
  • Disclosing Tablets: After you brush, crush a tablet into a cup and add water. Swish the solution around in your mouth. If you missed a spot while brushing, the spot will turn red so you can focus on that area again!
  • Floss Threaders and Floss: One of our dental assistant will show you how to use the threader which will help you floss your teeth while you have your braces.
  • Brushing Pamphlet: Because brushing your teeth with braces can be tricky, follow these instructions.

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Foods to Avoid

Many foods can harm your braces. We always recommend following a healthy diet, but while in braces, avoiding hard, sticky and sugary foods will also keep your braces safe! Here’s a list of foods to avoid.


Examples of Sticky Foods to Avoid:

  • Gum (regular and sugar-free)
  • Toffee
  • Caramels
  • Sugar Daddies
  • Tootsie Rolls
  • Starburst
  • Gummy Bears
  • Milky Ways and Snickers

Examples of Hard Foods to Avoid:

  • Ice
  • Nuts
  • Hard taco shells
  • French bread crust/rolls
  • Corn on the cob
  • Apples and carrots (unless cut into small pieces)
  • Bagels
  • Chips
  • Popcorn
  • Hard candy, such as Jolly Ranchers and Peppermint sticks
  • Pizza crust
  • Ribs

Minimize Sugary Foods like:

  • Cake
  • Ice Cream
  • Cookies
  • Pie
  • Candy
  • Soda
  • Sweetened tea
  • Gatorade
  • Kool-Aid
  • Drinks with sugar

It’s important to regularly check your braces for bent or loose wires and brackets. In the event of a loose/broken wire or bracket, call our office immediately to arrange an appointment for repair.

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Emergency Information

08When you have an emergency, we want to relieve you from the pain, fix the problem as soon as possible so you do not lose any treatment time, but we also try to make sure you don’t come to the office unnecessarily. Here’s what to do if you have an emergency:

  • Loose Wire: First, try placing the wire back into the bracket with tweezers. If you can’t, clip the wire with sterilized fingernail clippers behind the last bracket to which it is secure.
  • Poking Wire: Try to push the poking wire with a pencil’s eraser end or with a spoon. If this doesn’t work, cover the sticking-out wire with wax.
  • Loose Band or Bracket: Be gentle when you brush, but keep the area clean. Save any part that comes completely off and bring it to your appointment.
  • Soreness: You may rinse your mouth with a warm salt water rinse or apply the analgesic cream. Also try biting on the bite wafer.
  • Headgear Not Fitting: If you do not wear the headgear as instructed, it won’t fit properly, and you’ll have to have it adjusted. This will also prolong your treatment time, so be sure to wear your headgear as often as Dr. Pautienis has instructed!
  • Accidents Involving Your Teeth: Please call our office immediately to schedule an appointment.

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09Dr. Pautienis wants all his patients to know that the result of their orthodontic treatment depends on their cooperation! He and his staff will coach you through each phase of treatment, but you are in charge of being an excellent patient!

10Be sure to keep all your scheduled appointments. Make sure you follow all of his instructions, and keep your braces and appliances clean. The more you cooperate, the better your results will be!

Remember: You and Dr. Pautienis are building a lifelong smile together!

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