For people with braces, travel can be somewhat complicated, especially if they aren’t prepared. To be sure that you stay on track with your braces treatment during your next vacation, our Coquitlam orthodontists share some tips.
Pack an Oral Hygiene Kit
We recommend our orthodontic patients keep a small kit that’s easy to transport when you're away from home. You can use a small pouch or case to store everything in one spot, so it will easily fit into your luggage or carry-on.
Be sure to include the following items in your kit:
- A travel tooth brush
- A small tube of toothpaste
- Dental floss or picks
- Lip balm to prevent chapping
- A small hand-held mirror
- Anti-bacterial hand wipes
- Anti-bacterial mouthwash
- Ibuporphen or anti-inflammatory pain relief tablets
Maintain Your Oral Hygiene Routine
Don't let travelling throw off your oral hygiene routines. Even when you're on vacation, it's important to clean your teeth after each meal and snack while you’re wearing braces. If you let these best practices slide, you may have difficulty getting back on track once you arrive home, and your oral health may suffer.
To avoid this, make a conscious effort to keep up with your routine. If you are caught away from home without a toothbrush, be sure to rinse your mouth with mouthwash or clean tap water, and brush as soon as you can.
Bring Along Braces-Friendly Snacks
It’s important to maintain good habits outside of your normal routine. This means avoiding crunchy, hard, chewy or sticky foods that can damage your braces.
If you're going on a road trip, risk temptation to eat the food you should avoid with braces. Plan ahead by packing 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
Although it may be tempting to bend the rules during your vacation, it’s important to stay on track with you braces to achieve the best possible outcome from your treatment.