Going On Vacation With Braces

Going On Vacation With Braces
Posted on 06/11/2018
Smiling girl with braces in a pool

Helping Tips For Caring For Your Braces When Traveling

Even when you’re kicking back and relaxing on vacation, it’s important to remember that your braces are still hard at work moving your teeth and giving you a perfect smile. Unfortunately, vacation can actually put that perfect smile at risk or extend the time you need to complete your treatment. How do you prevent all of that? Just follow this guide to caring for your braces while you’re on vacation, from your local Bethesda,Chevy Chase, and Laurel smile experts here at Heller Orthodontics.

Be Mindful Of What You Eat

One of the biggest threats to your braces during your vacation is what you eat. No matter where you go during your travels, you’re bound to come across a variety of delicious treats and meals that will make your mouth water. Remember that certain foods can cause damage to your braces. Specifically, you should avoid hard and sticky foods, since biting into something hard or chewing a sticky snack can apply enough force to bend your archwire or snap a bracket right of your tooth! If that happens, your braces will stop functioning at their maximum efficiency until you come back from your vacation and see your orthodontist to get it fixed.

Don’t Break Your Oral Hygiene Routine

One of the purposes of vacation is to break from your daily routine and go on an adventure. When you have braces, the oral hygiene part of your routine is something you can’t afford to let fall by the wayside. If you don’t maintain your regular brushing, flossing, and rinsing routine, you’re letting bacteria buildup on your teeth, increasing the chance of developing tooth decay. Since the last thing that you want is to get your braces off only to have a smile that has a bunch of cavities, make sure you brush and floss after every meal and once before you go to bed. Taking a few minutes, four times a day is a small task for the reward of a perfect smile later on.

Always Bring A Travel Kit

Your smile’s best friend on vacation is your travel kit, filled with everything you may need to maintain optimal oral hygiene even if you’re far away from home. Whether you feel a sudden pain because a loose wire from your braces started poking you, or you have an obnoxious piece of food that’s gotten lodged in a bracket during a meal, having a travel kit will make sure that you always have the solution you need on hand. Here are some of the essentials that we would recommend packing in your travel kit:

  • Travel-sized toothbrush
  • Toothpicks
  • Floss, floss threaders, and interdental cleaners
  • Orthodontic wax
  • A small bottle of water or mouthwash
  • A small, handheld mirror

As long as you have these essentials, your smile should be in good shape, but feel free to add whatever else you think you may need on your vacation!

Make A Post-Vacation Office Visit!

Before you leave, schedule a visit with your local Heller Orthodontics office for when you return. That way, whether or not you experience any braces or smile related problems on your trip, your orthodontist can check up on things as soon as you come back to ensure that your orthodontic treatment is on track. If you need to schedule your post-vacation appointment, just contact us at any of our three local offices in Laurel, Bethesda, and North Potomac, MD today!