Temperatures may still be on the chilly side, but spring break is just around the corner. If you’re planning to take a vacation with family or friends this year, you’ll want to be prepared to take care of your braces while you’re away from home and your Squamish orthodontist.
The following tips and tricks will ensure that your vacation photos feature a healthy, beautiful smile, not broken brackets. A proactive approach to your dental health will keep your teeth looking and feeling great well into the future.
Pack an Orthodontic Kit
When you go through the usual checklist of essential items to bring on vacation, we’re sure a toothbrush is one of them. With braces, you’ll want to bring more than just a toothbrush and toothpaste. Packing a small orthodontic kit won’t take up much room and will be useful while you’re away.
Be sure to pack plenty of floss picks to keep your smile food-free. On that note, packing a small bottle of mouthwash or water can help you rinse those hard-to-reach places and keep your breath fresh. Also, don’t forget your orthodontic wax so you can minimize discomfort from any wires. You don’t want your smile to only look good, it should feel good too!
Bringing a small compact mirror is also a good idea if you’re planning to take lots of selfies. You can quickly check for any food debris throughout your trip and keep your smile looking great.
If you use Invisalign, make sure to bring the last tray you used before spring break, along with the one you would use when you get back. That way, if you lose the current one you’re wearing, you’ll have back-ups until you get home.
Keep a List of Foods to Avoid
If you’re away from home or are vacationing with friends, it might be difficult to remember what you can and cannot eat with braces. You don’t want broken brackets, especially when you’re away from your Squamish orthodontist, so be sure to avoid the following:
- Chewy, sticky foods
- Hard candies or treats, like cookies
- Whole, hard fruits such as apples (fruit cut into wedges is okay)
- Corn on the cob
- Hard breads like rolls and bagels
If you’re taking a long road trip and need some snack ideas, consider bringing soft fruits like grapes, bananas or blueberries. Other great snacks for people with braces include yogurt, string cheese, thin baked chips and soft vegetables like cucumber.
Give Your Orthodontist a Call
If anything goes wrong with your braces during your spring break vacation — don’t worry! We’re just a phone call away and are happy to answer any questions or concerns you may have.
If you need to schedule an appointment for broken brackets or distorted wires, we’ll be here to help when you return. Just give us a call or fill out our online form and you’ll be back on your way to a healthy smile.