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Orthodontic Braces in Summer: Tips for Traveling, Eating, and Playing

If you’re one of the many people getting orthodontic braces this summer, congratulations! You’re making a great decision that will improve your smile for years to come. While orthodontic braces are generally easy to care for, there are some things to keep in mind this summer.

This article will go over how to take care of your braces during summer vacation. Whether you’re traveling or staying home, we have some tips that will help make wearing braces more comfortable and fun!

Summer Is a Great Time for Orthodontic Braces

One of the best things about getting orthodontic braces in summer is that you have plenty of time to adjust. In addition, since kids are out of school, they can clean and care for their braces at home. This helps them get accustomed to having braces before heading back to the classroom in the fall.

The same goes for adults. You can take your time adjusting to orthodontic braces and not worry about hiding them from colleagues or classmates.

Of course, if you plan on traveling this summer, there are a few things to keep in mind.

Traveling with Orthodontic Braces

If you’re planning on traveling with orthodontic braces, the first thing you need to do is make a braces kit. This should include everything you need to take care of your teeth while away from home. Some essential items for your braces kit are:

  • Tylenol or other pain relievers
  • Wax for orthodontic brackets
  • Mouth rinse
  • Interdental picks
  • A toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Floss

You may also want to pack some orthodontic elastics to help keep your teeth in alignment. Be sure to ask your orthodontist how to use orthodontic elastics before leaving on your trip.

Braces-Friendly Foods

It’s a good idea to pack some braces-friendly snacks when traveling. Fruits, like grapes and bananas, are a good choice. You can also pack soft foods like yogurt, peanut butter, or cheese.

Here are foods you should avoid if you have braces this summer:

  • Chewing gum
  • Nuts
  • Sticky candy
  • Popcorn
  • Raw carrots and apples
  • Crusty bread
  • Corn on the cob

Protect Your Mouth When Playing Contact Sports

If you’re planning on playing games or sports while wearing orthodontic braces, it’s vital to protect your mouth. Wear a mouthguard and protection when playing contact sports, like football or hockey. You may also want a mouthguard when playing non-contact sports, like basketball or baseball, just in case.

Your orthodontist can make you a custom sport guard that will fit perfectly on top off your braces. Some people choose to order a mouthguard online or a store but this is not recommended. If you can have your orthodontist do a custom piece for your teeth, it’s the safe way to go.

The Bottom Line

Following these tips will help you have fun and keep your orthodontic braces safe this summer! Remember, orthodontic treatment is a big investment, so it’s important to take care of your braces and teeth.

At Dr. Yazji’s office, we want you to enjoy your orthodontic treatment and have a healthy, beautiful smile. Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns about orthodontic braces or preparing for summer. We are always here to assist if you have any questions. Dr. Yazji Contemporary Orthodontics has three convenient locations in South Florida: Weston (in Broward county), West Miami and Brickell (in Miami-Dade county). Your complimentary initial appointment includes a tour of the office, a panoramic x-ray, photographs and the consultation with the Dr. Maria Yazji. Call to book yours at 954.217.3737 or click here to reserve your spot now.

 

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