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Whether you are going on a family vacation or a fun, adventure trip make sure when you leave, you don’t leave your dental hygiene behind, especially if your orthodontic treatment is on.
Follow these 7 tips to enjoy a complication-free vacation, no matter you’re on the slopes or at the beach.
Watch out for These Foods
Your braces will be on you all the time so make sure you do nothing that puts a damper on your fun.
Since you are on a vacation, it can be tempting for you to indulge your taste buds with sweet and sugary treats but a chilled can of soda or a scoop of ice cream may not be the right option for your braces.
Orthodontists recommend avoiding the following foods while you are on a vacation:
- Sticky, gummy candies
- Corn on the cob
- Whole fruits that are difficult to bite into
- Hard nuts
- Crunchy cookies
- Chewy breads
- Hard rolls and bagels
- Crackers and chewing gum
- Coffee, soda and artificially colored juices
Fill your cravings with foods that won’t cause any damage to your braces or adversely impact your ongoing orthodontic treatment.
Keep Up with Your Dental Routine
Travel is exciting and fun which is why most people tend to overlook braces care.
But if you leave your oral hygiene at home with all your worldly worries, even a fun-filled week can negatively impact your smile for the rest of your life.
So follow your brushing and flossing regimen religiously even if you are tempted to do a sub-par flossing job at night before flopping on that comfortable bed or you’re simply too excited to brush in the morning because you are prepping for an action-packed day.
Another great reason to keep up with your oral routine is you’d love to look nice in every selfie that goes on the social media as a wonderful vacation memory.
Pack an Orthodontic Kit to Take with You
Pack a braces care kit before you hit the road so you have all the necessary items handy with you in case you experience any pain, discomfort or an oral problem on-the-go.
Here’s a list of your travel kit essentials so you don’t forget anything:
- A travel toothbrush
- Fluoride toothpaste
- Dental floss
- Orthodontic wax
- A small mirror
- Extra elastic bands
- Interdental picks
- Over-the-counter painkillers
Pack all of these items together in a container to ensure your orthodontic treatment remains in the best shape throughout your journey.
Wear a Mouth Guard When Engaging in Physical Activities
Vacations are incomplete without adventurous outdoor activities but while you go hiking, swimming, or camping make sure your braces stay safe at all times.
If you are playing any type of physical sport, better be cautious since the braces are always at some risk.
Orthodontists recommend wearing a mouthguard when engaging in outdoor activities to protect the braces and mouth from any injury or harm due to physical contact, accidental fall, or trauma.
Prepare a List of Orthodontists for Emergency Situations
While orthodontic emergencies are very rare, you cannot rule out the possibility completely so stay prepared in advanced by searching online for local orthodontic practices in and around your vacation destination.
Having the contact details handy will help address the orthodontic problem immediately and alleviate pain and discomfort at the earliest so you continue enjoying your vacation.
Care for Your Retainers
If you are done with the braces stage of your orthodontic treatment, make sure you wear your retainers on your vacation.
You have worked hard to come so far so make sure you don’t do anything that changes the alignment of your teeth and adversely impacts your perfect smile.
If you wear retainers, have a dedicated travel case to safely store your retainers. Be sure to label that case with your contact details so if it is misplaced, you are less likely to lose your expensive retainers.
Store your retainers in the travel case during water sports or physical activities to eliminate the risk of damage or loss.
Clean your retainers using lukewarm water and store it away from hot surfaces. Finally, be gentle during insertion and removal because a heavy touch can break the wires.
Schedule a Check-up Before you Leave
Don’t forget to see your orthodontist before you embark on your fun, adventure trip.
This appointment is essential for making all the necessary adjustments and ensuring that your orthodontic treatment is proceeding just as planned.
The orthodontist will also check your wires and brackets to make sure they are firm and in place so you don’t end up bending a wire or popping off a bracket on your vacation.
Follow these 7 tips and avoid running into complications or unavoidable orthodontic issues on a vacation.
Dr. Satish Pai – an Ivy League trained dentist and a faculty at Columbia University, believes that a perfect smile not only makes a person look great but feel great while boosting confidence. As the founder of Putnam Orthodontics, he is dedicated to not only creating perfect smiles for his patients but also educating people with his engaging articles about all things related to a perfect smile and oral health. Spending time with his family always brings a smile on his face. In his free time, you can find him golfing, doing yoga or surfing.
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