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It may be hard to stay excited about the amazing new smile you’re working on when every time you try to smile now the dry skin on your lips pulls and cracks. Chapped lips are common with braces, especially when you first get them, but relief is on its way! There are many things you can do to alleviate dental dryness, but as simple as it sounds, chapstick can be your best friend and greatest defense against painful, dry lips. To help you heal up and hydrate your smile as quickly as possible, we’ve picked out a few of our patients’ favorites for you to try.


This popular chapstick brand is so widely-recognized for a reason. Carmex has come recommended by pharmacists, parents, and fellow braces alums for many years with its simple yet effective cocoa butter, camphor, and menthol formula. Whether you buy it in a squeeze tube, stick, or the signature yellow jar, it’s hard to go wrong with this generational favorite.


Burt’s Bees 100% Natural Beeswax Lip Balm:

The power of beeswax is tried and true, and when combined with moisturizing Vitamin E it conditions skin naturally. The original flavor is quite distinctive, with a peppermint tingle that feels great against aggravated skin, or you can choose from a variety of fun flavors like coconut pear and blueberry dark chocolate. Either way, you’re getting natural relief from an eco-responsible company. Win-win!


Jack Black Intense Therapy Lip Balm



Neutrogena Revitalizing Lip Balm: 

Who says chapstick has to be boring? Neutrogena offers a range of balms that not only protect, heal, and soften your lips but tint as well. For those times when you want to add a little pizazz to your look but don’t want to sacrifice your comfort, reach for this fix in a variety of natural and fun colors from Sheer Shimmer to Sunny Berry. Plus, it also has 20 SPF for added protection during summer fun.




Don’t let dry lips get you down about your smile transformation. With any one of these simple products, you’ll be back on track and feeling confident about your braces in no time!


At Birmingham Orthodontics, our mission is simple:  we create smiles.  Not only do we straighten the crooked grin, fix the bite, and adjust the jaw, we also brighten yearbooks, help young people come to like their looks, and give adults the confidence they have wanted for a long, long time.  We also believe in our staff. Our culture of continuous learning has allowed us to host monthly training sessions for each team and bring in leading industry consultants to help keep us ahead of the curve.  Contact us for a free consultation, or any questions you might have.

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