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17 Things That'll Make Having Braces So Much Better

Your teeth will love you forever.

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1. A copy of The Braces Journal so you can keep a detailed log of your amazing life with them.

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Promising Review: “It can be so difficult for any kid to go through adolescence with braces. And this journal with its fun, colorful designs and creative layout makes the perfect companion for anyone who struggles with braces. It's also as helpful as it is fun, with it including forbidden foods lists and other resources for kids.” —Jill Tamari

Get it from Amazon for $1.89.

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2. A high-pressure cordless water flosser to effectively remove plaque, tartar, and food that may get trapped in and around your brackets.

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Promising Review: “My husband has braces and needed something at work to clean his teeth and avoid gross food being stuck in them. This worked perfectly! It is a great water flosser and has a large tank. And the flow is strong enough to clean anything out of his braces.” —Xiaoji

Get it from Amazon for $39.99 (available in two colors).

3. Or drop a few more dollars on a Philips Sonicare electric toothbrush that'll help remove particles your manual toothbrush may leave behind — which is key to preventing gum disease.

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Promising Review: “I love this toothbrush! I only have to charge it every couple of weeks, and it works great! My teeth feel much cleaner now, even with my braces.” —Jessica

Get it from Amazon for $24.97 (available in two colors).

4. A bottle of OrthoFoam braces cleaner with a hydrogen peroxide formula to keep your braces clean and whiten your teeth.

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You can also rinse out your mouth with OrthoFoam when you need to freshen your mouth while on the go.

Promising Review: “I have ceramic braces, which tend to get discolored much easier than metal braces. After just one use, I noticed a huge difference. And I now use this product religiously.” —Ethan Tanner

Get a two-pack from Amazon from $49.99 .

5. A pack of braces wax so you can block your wires from scraping the inside of your mouth — and making your day beyond dramatic.

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Promising Review: “This wax works great for the sharp places on my Invisalign braces. Because it is cold weather, I warm it in my fingers a bit, and it molds right into place. But it is not so soft that it won't stay in place!” —Donna M Fisher

Get a 10-pack from Amazon for $10.25.

6. A pack of soft toothbrushes to clean your teeth and tongue while avoiding the trauma that can be caused by hard-bristle brushes.

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Promising Review: “These are my favorite toothbrushes. They clean your teeth and tongue with a built-in tongue scraper. And the value pack is at an awesome price that no one can beat!” —Dan Revilos

Get the four-pack from Amazon for $8.97.

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7. A multifunctional countertop flosser that’s waterproof and comes with a pressure controller and tips for tongue cleaning and other tasks.

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Promising Review: This is an excellent little flosser. It is small, powerful, and it does not make a mess. It comes with a variety of heads that all have different tasks. Plus, it isn’t loud at all.” —Adam

Get it from Amazon $39.95.

8. A copy of the book Smile — which is loved by braces wearers of all ages — for an entertaining read about Raina Telgemeir’s journey with braces.

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Promising Review: “As a 30-year-old male, I know I am not the audience for this book. But after reading the Smile comics, and then purchasing the book, I found a great story that is beautifully illustrated. I could easily relate to the tale because I have braces right now. It gives me hope that even though I worry about how my teeth look right now, everything will turn out great after I get them off.” —Eric F

Get it from Amazon for $6.70+ (available on Kindle, Paperback, and Hardcover).

9. A mini dental kit to make sure your teeth and brackets are squeaky clean no matter where you are — especially during the workday or while traveling.

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Promising Review: “I got this for brushing on the go as I have Invisalign. The brush is just the right amount of toughness to ensure I get all the food out before putting my Invisalign back in. The toothpaste is also good, and so is the mouthwash. The toothpaste lasted about 20 brushings or so.” —Jacob H

Get the three-piece kit from Amazon for $5.86.

10. A sturdy CamelBak bottle or pack of water because H20 is a healthier drink option than juices, sports drinks, and sodas — which are packed with sugar that can lead to tooth decay.

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Get them from Amazon: CamelBak 1L water bottle for $10.52+ (available in eight colors) and Aquafina 24-pack for $20.77.

11. A pack of flexible straws in case you cave in to your sparkling water cravings — because sometimes you need a little fizziness in life.

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Get a 100-pack from Amazon for $6.99.

And make sure to rinse your mouth out with water after drinking any carbonated beverages to prevent the acid in the drink from breaking down tooth enamel.

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12. A tube of Jack Black lip balm to keep your pout moisturized — especially after your orthodontist appointments.

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Promising Review: "I really love this lip balm. I was looking for a balm that had a higher SPF, but didn't have that SPF taste that’s so horrible. The shea butter version ticked all the boxes. And, to top it off, it was not sticky when I applied it. If you are a bit weird about the texture, smell, or taste of lip balms, but need to keep your lips from turning into prunes when out in the sun, give this a try!” —Gus The Bus

Get it from Amazon for $10 (available in four scents).

13. A bottle of alcohol-free ACT Braces Care Mouthwash for a soothing rinse that’ll provide extra fluoride protection, prevent cavities and white spots, and loosen food particles.

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Promising Review: “I’m not a big mouthwash user. But if your braces are tearing up the inside of your mouth, this product is very soothing. No burning or stinging, and the aloe does the trick.” —Sheldon

Get it from Amazon for $8.65.

14. A dental guard to protect your teeth from grinding while you are sleeping.

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Promising Review: “My daughter grinds her teeth in her sleep and she also has braces. This guard molded perfectly. And the pain my daughter was having in her jaw was improved immediately after the first use.” —Christina D. Patrick

Get a two-pack from Amazon for $9.71.

15. A pack of flossers you can easily store in your purse or backpack for any stuck-food emergencies.

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Promising Review: “I got these for my son to use with his braces. They work just as well as the more expensive Platypus flossers that his orthodontist has. And my son has had no problems or complaints about using these instead.” —Campaign Mom

Get two packs of 24 flossers from Amazon for $8.48.

16. A copy of The Braces Cookbook to trade your go-to meals for some tasty new options.

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Promising Review: “I am in my twenties and just got my braces. This cookbook helped me figure out what I can eat and what to avoid!” —Kindle Customer

Get it from Amazon for $3.99+ (available on Kindle and Spiral-Bound).

17. And an Amazon Prime subscription so you can watch every single episode of Braceface — because no one understands the joys and struggles of braces like Sharon.

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As part of Amazon Prime, you can subscribe to CONtv or Dove Channel — both of which have Braceface included in their TV show lineups.

You can also buy episodes of Braceface for $1.99 each or the full seasons for $41.99 each.

The reviews for this post have been edited for length and clarity.

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