It’s summer, which means vacation season is underway! However, if you have braces, there are several important things you should bring with you to keep your teeth healthy and your braces safe. We’ve compiled our orthodontists’ top suggestions so you can check off all the essentials—before you leave on your vacation!
- Floss or interdental brushes
Flossing is the only way to remove plaque from between your teeth and prevent tartar from forming. To remove hard-to-reach pieces of food stuck in your braces, interdental brushes may be helpful tools as well. Though it may be tempting to forgo flossing during your vacation, it’s crucial for your dental health, so be sure to bring along floss to keep your smile healthy.
- Water bottle
Swishing with water or drinking water right after a meal is wonderful for your teeth—especially if you can’t always brush right after meals during your vacation. The simple act of drinking water can help loosen trapped food particles, provide a fluoride boost, and help you rinse away some bacteria in your mouth.
- Travel toothbrush or Colgate® Wisp® disposable toothbrushes
Whenever you eat, it’s always ideal to brush your teeth afterward for better dental health. For those with braces, this is particularly important since it is likely that food may get stuck in your orthodontic work. However, even if you can’t make it back to your hotel room to brush your teeth after each meal, by bringing a travel-sized toothbrush or purchasing disposable toothbrushes, you can keep your smile up to par—even when you’re on the go.
- Orthodontic wax
Though uncommon, mini emergencies like a broken bracket can happen while you are on vacation. Because orthodontic wax is so versatile, always remember to bring some along with you. Not only can it cover uncomfortable brackets, but it can also decrease pain from wayward wires and keep you smiling during your travels.
- Handheld mirror
If you carry a small mirror in a bag, you can examine your mouth in case of any orthodontic issues. Plus, a small mirror can be a useful tool after meals to help you see and remove food stuck in braces.
If you pack these braces essentials, you’ll be in good shape to head out on vacation! By bringing everything you need for a safe and braces-friendly trip, you’ll be able to keep your smile clean and your orthodontic work safe. If you have any questions or concerns about traveling with braces, or if you’d like to schedule an appointment with us before you leave, feel free to contact our office today!