Caring For Braces on Vacation
posted on 7-27-18
Don’t worry, you can travel with braces! Many patients are concerned when going on vacation with orthodontic appliance, but as long as you plan ahead, and remain aware of the foods that you eat while traveling, then you will have nothing to fear. Follow these steps in order to care for your braces and other orthodontia while traveling.
Before you leave:
- Inform your orthodontist–It is important that you let your orthodontist know that you will be traveling, and how long you plan to be away. Traveling for an extended timeframe may impact your projected treatment times.
- Schedule your orthodontic appointments around your vacation –Let your orthodontist know in advance so that you can have your adjustments made before or after your travel dates.
- Prepare a braces safety kit –Just like when you’re going to school you’ll want to have a braces safety kit with you. Here are recommended items to include:
- Toothbrush and Toothpaste
- Floss and flossing threaders
- Interdental brushes
- Orthodontic Wax
- Plenty of elastics (if your orthodontist has prescribed them)
- Over-the-counter pain killers
- A small compact mirror to examine possible issues with your braces that may arise
- Your orthodontist’s business card
- A list of addresses/phone numbers of orthodontists in the area you are visiting
- Your last set of aligners in case you lose an aligner tray (if you are undergoing aligner treatment).
While you’re away:
- Avoid chewy, gummy, and sticky foods –As you know, these foods can get stuck to your brackets and pull on them. This causes a high risk of a bracket popping off. Avoiding these foods is easy at home, as you tend to only buy foods that you know you can safely eat. It may be more difficult while traveling, but you should be aware and vigilant in only eating foods that will not harm your braces.
- Avoid hard foods –Avoid hard foods because they can pry a bracket off or bend a wire. This applies to foods like apples, hard-crusted breads, corn on the cob, nuts, crackers, etc. If you can’t avoid hard fruits, cut them into small slices and eat them carefully.
- Be careful when doing physical activity –Physical activity can be healthy and fun while on vacation. However, you should avoid activities that may cause you to potentially hit your mouth and damage your braces or other orthodontic appliances.
- In case of emergency –If you do have an orthodontic emergency while on vacation, most local orthodontists will work you in for a quick fix.
If you’re looking to go on vacation, or are concerned about getting orthodontics before going on vacation, speak with a local UAO member orthodontist to find out more information about traveling with orthodontic appliances.