Winter vacation is upon us! It’s time for fun with family and friends. Unfortunately, braces don’t take a vacation. Here’s what you need to know about taking care of your braces while traveling to keep your smile healthy so you can focus on the fun.
Packing the Essentials
Taking care of your braces while traveling is a lot easier when you have everything you need. The best way to ensure success is to prepare beforehand. It may be helpful to make a list so that you can check things off as you pack them.
The first things you should pack are your toothbrush and toothpaste. After that, gather everything you typically use to keep your braces in top shape, such as dental picks, floss picks, floss, floss threaders, and mouthwash. You may need to use some of these items in the morning before you leave for your trip so just make sure you write them down on your list if they’ll be staying in your cabinet until you leave.
Finding Braces-Friendly Foods
Eating while on the road or staying in an unfamiliar place can be tough for braces-wearers. It may seem like there are lots of foods to avoid. It may feel a bit more manageable if you keep it simple by remembering the general guidelines. Generally, orthodontists recommend avoiding foods that are sticky, hard, crunchy, chewy, or that you need to bite into.
The great news is, this still leaves you with tons of options! Soft food options that come in travel-ready single-serving containers include yogurts, apple sauce, string cheese, brie cheese, deli meat, bananas, and more. If you’re worried about what may be available on the road, taking care of your braces while traveling can be made simple with a little food prep the night before.
Before You Go
Before you leave for your trip, you can give yourself a head start by scheduling an appointment with your orthodontist. Braces typically need to be adjusted routinely so one of the most important steps to taking care of your braces while traveling is to ensure that you won’t miss any important appointments to keep your orthodontic treatment on track. Having everything planned on schedule will leave you free to enjoy your trip worry-free while ensuring your braces continue to do their job!
Call our Joseph LaPonzina Orthodontics Office to make an appointment with a dentist who may be able to help you find out more about this topic, and improve your oral health.