Being prepared ahead of time for unexpected trips can help to make life with braces easier. Here our Langley orthodontist shares some tips on how to prepare for your next trip, so that travelling with braces is easy.
Prepare a Ready-to-Go Oral Hygiene Kit
By keeping a small, pre-packed kit ready to go at all times, you can make travelling with braces easy. When you first get your braces it's a good idea to shop for a small pouch or case that will fit easily into a purse, backpack, or carry-on case. Fill the pouch with items that you will need to maintain your oral hygiene routine while you're away from home.
Our Langley orthodontist recommends that you keep your oral hygiene pouch fully stocked with the following items at all times:
- A travel toothbrush with brush cover
- Dental floss or picks
- Hand-held mirror
- Anti-bacterial hand wipes
- Ibuprofen or anti-inflammatory pain relief tablets
- Lip balm to prevent chapping
Maintain Your Oral Hygiene Routine
You may be on vacation, but it's still important to maintain good oral hygiene practices, including cleaning your teeth every time you eat and flossing daily. Letting your routine slide while you're away will make it challenging to get back on track once you get home again. Taking a vacation from good oral hygiene will increase your risk of both gum disease and tooth decay.
If you get caught without a toothbrush while you're out, be sure to give your mouth a thorough rinse with water to wash away food debris, then brush your teeth as soon as you can.
Take Braces-Friendly Snacks With You
Travel can mess with our regular eating patterns but don't take risks with your braces when deciding what to eat while travelling. You may not be able to get to your orthodontist quickly if something happens to one of your brackets or wires, so be extra careful not to damage your braces! Avoid crunchy, hard, chewy or sticky foods that could damage brackets and wires.
It can be helpful to bring along some compact, braces-friendly foods so that you will be less tempted to snack on foods that could damage your braces.
Here are a few of our soft food snack suggestions:
- Avocado with sea salt and pepper
- Yogurt cups
- Cottage Cheese
- Soft fruit like grapes or bananas
- Soft vegetables like peppers or cucumbers
- Pita slices with hummus