Travelling when you have braces can be somewhat complicated, but planning ahead can help you to avoid running into issues. Our Coquitlam orthodontists share some tips to help you stay on track with your orthodontic treatment during your next vacation.
Pack an Oral Hygiene Kit
When undergoing orthodontic treatment with braces, it can be helpful to have a small easy to transport kit handy when you're away from home. We recommend a small pouch or case to store everything in one spot, so it will easily fit into your carry-on, purse, backpack or luggage.
Your kit should include:
- A travel toothbrush
- Dental floss or picks
- A small tube of toothpaste
- Anti-bacterial mouthwash
- A small hand-held mirror
- Anti-bacterial hand wipes
- Ibuporphen or anti-inflammatory pain relief tablets
- Lip balm to prevent chapping
Maintain Your Oral Hygiene Routine
It's important to clean your teeth after each meal and snack while you’re wearing braces, even when you're on vacation. Don't allow your oral hygiene routines to slip while you're travelling. Your oral health could suffer if you let these best practices slide, and you may have difficulty getting back on track once you arrive home.
Make a conscious effort to keep up with your routine while you're away. If you are caught without a toothbrush while you're out, rinse your mouth with mouthwash or clean tap water, and brush your teeth as soon as possible.
Bring Along Braces-Friendly Snacks
It’s also important to maintain good eating habits while you're travelling. While on vacation it's important to avoid crunchy, hard, chewy or sticky foods that can damage your braces.
Avoid the temptation to eat foods you shouldn't. Take along some snacks that won't damage your braces such as:
- Yogurt cups
- Cottage Cheese
- Pita slices with hummus
- Soft fruit like grapes or bananas
- Soft vegetables like peppers or cucumbers
- Avocado with sea salt and pepper
We understand that it can be tempting to bend the rules during your vacation, but it’s important to stay on track with your braces in order to achieve the best possible results from your orthodontic treatment.