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Taking Care of Braces While On Vacation
If you’re undergoing orthodontic treatment, you must be aware of the common braces problems.
While most people are very careful during their treatment, some tend to let loose while traveling. However, this can land you in some serious dental problems and have a negative impact on your treatment since your braces require constant care.
Follow these useful tips to care for your braces while you’re out to have fun:
Be Careful of What You Eat – While traveling, you may be tempted to try the regional cuisine and new delicacies that you won’t get to eat anywhere else. But as much as this may be tempting, you need to understand that it’s more important to take care of braces while traveling since it may be troublesome finding a good dentist in a foreign place if the braces are damaged.
So, better than regretting it later, avoid these foods if you have braces, especially when traveling:
- Sticky foods such as gum, licorice, dried fruit, caramel, etc.
- Hard foods such as nuts, hard taco shells, pizza crust, corn, apples, carrots, bagels, etc.
- Sugary foods like cake, candy, ice cream, cookies, etc.
Don’t Ditch Your Oral Hygiene Routine
Proper dental care is not only important for oral health but also critical to the efficiency of the dental treatment. So, if you start thinking that it’s alright to ditch the oral hygiene routine for just a few days while traveling, remember that your oral health will definitely take a hit. Follow this hygiene routine diligently:
- Brush and floss, in the morning, after meals, and before going to sleep.
- Use mouthwash if brushing and flossing aren’t possible after meals while on a vacation.
- Don’t forget to brush your tongue and the palate.
Prepare a Travel Dental Kit – Vacations can be as much adventure as they can be fun. After all, you’re on foreign land. So, to stay prepared, always keep an extra dental kit with you. An unpredictable journey can result in unexpected meals. And the extra dental kit will come in handy in such cases.
Your Braces Travel Kit
Here’s what your dental kit must contain:
- Compact mirror to check for broken wires or brackets
- Nylon floss picks
- Orthodontic wax in case you’ve recently got braces
Travel Tips While In Invisalign Treatment
All these tips above are great for people undergoing all kinds of orthodontic treatments. But a very common mistake people undergoing Invisalign treatment make is forgetting to carry their retainers.
Many people tend to lose their Invisalign trays while traveling. And this results in the loss of progress made so far. To avoid this, ensure that you carry the retainers and use them if the need arises. Wear them for at least 20-22 hours each day if, for some reason, you’re not able to wear your Invisalign trays.
Whether you have traditional braces, Invisalign aligners, or retainers, don’t let your oral health routine get disturbed. Keep your kit handy, drink plenty of water, and see a professional in case of an emergency.