Summer Travel Guide: Braces Edition

Summer is the perfect time for adventure, relaxation, and making unforgettable memories with family and friends. However, for those undergoing orthodontic treatment with braces, traveling can present some unique challenges. At About Faces and Braces, we want to ensure that your summer travels are enjoyable and stress-free while also maintaining the progress of your orthodontic treatment. Dr. Shawn and Dr. Candice want you to be prepared when traveling with braces so you can make the most of your summer adventures.

Packing Essentials for Braces Wearers

When packing for your summer getaway, it’s important to include the necessary tools and supplies to care for your braces while on the go. Here are some must-have items to include in your travel kit:

  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Floss and/or interdental brushes
  • Orthodontic wax
  • Mouthwash
  • Pain relief medication (if needed)
  • Extra elastic bands (if applicable)

By having these essentials on hand, you’ll be prepared to handle any braces-related issues that may arise during your travels.

Maintaining Oral Hygiene While Traveling

Keeping your teeth and braces clean is always important, but it becomes even more crucial when you’re away from home. Stick to your regular brushing and flossing routine, even if your schedule is disrupted. If you can’t brush after a meal, rinse your mouth with water to remove food particles. 

Pack a travel-sized mouthwash for quick and easy oral hygiene on the go. If you’re flying, keep your toothbrush and other essentials in your carry-on luggage to avoid any inconvenience if your checked baggage is delayed. Remember, neglecting your oral hygiene while traveling can lead to cavities, gum disease, and even damage to your braces, so make it a priority to keep your teeth and braces clean.

Summer Travel Guide: Braces Edition

Braces-Friendly Snacks for Your Summer Adventures

When you’re out and about exploring new destinations, it’s important to have braces-friendly snacks on hand to keep you fueled throughout the day. Opt for soft fruits like bananas, berries, and melons, or enjoy yogurt and smoothies. Cheese sticks or slices, soft-baked cookies or muffins, and applesauce or pudding cups are also great options. Avoid hard, crunchy, or sticky foods that can damage your braces or get stuck in them, such as popcorn, nuts, caramel, and gummy candies.

Dealing with Orthodontic Emergencies While Traveling

Even with the best preparation, orthodontic emergencies can sometimes occur while traveling. Here’s what to do if you experience any of the following issues:

  • Loose or broken bracket: Apply orthodontic wax to the bracket to prevent irritation, and contact your orthodontist for guidance.
  • Poking wire: Use a pencil eraser or orthodontic wax to gently push the wire back into place. If the issue persists, contact your orthodontist.
  • Severe pain or discomfort: Take over-the-counter pain relief medication as directed, and contact your orthodontist if the pain doesn’t subside.

Before you leave for your trip, make sure you have Dr. Shawn and Dr. Candice’s contact information readily available, as well as the contact information for an orthodontist in your destination city, just in case.

Summer Travel Guide: Braces Edition

Staying on Track with Your Orthodontic Treatment

While summer travel can be exciting, it’s essential to stay committed to your orthodontic treatment plan. Attend all scheduled appointments with your orthodontist before and after your trip, and wear your elastic bands as directed, even while traveling. If you have Invisalign, make sure to pack enough aligners for the duration of your trip and continue wearing them as prescribed. 

Avoid any foods or activities that could damage your braces or delay your treatment progress. By following these guidelines, you can enjoy your summer travels without compromising the success of your orthodontic treatment.

Summer Travel Guide: Braces Edition

Embrace Your Smile and Make Memories with Braces

Having braces during your summer travels shouldn’t hold you back from making incredible memories and enjoying every moment. Embrace your smile, braces and all, and don’t hesitate to snap plenty of photos to capture your adventures. Remember, your braces are a temporary part of your journey towards a beautiful, healthy smile that will last a lifetime.

At About Faces and Braces, we’re committed to helping you achieve the smile of your dreams, no matter where your summer travels take you. By following this guide and staying in touch with Dr. Shawn and Dr. Candice, you can confidently experience the joys and challenges of traveling with braces.