Summer Travel Guide: Braces Edition

Summer is the perfect time for vacations, adventures, and making unforgettable memories with family and friends. However, if you or your child has braces, traveling can present some unique challenges. At Brady Orthodontics, we want to ensure that your summer travels are enjoyable and stress-free while also maintaining the health and progress of your orthodontic treatment. Dr. Brady recommends knowing how to manage braces while traveling, so we have put together a quick guide for you. 

How to Manage Braces While Traveling

When traveling with braces, be sure to maintain your regular oral hygiene routine to prevent dental issues and keep your treatment on track. Be sure to brush your teeth after every meal and floss at least once a day. If you’re unable to brush immediately after eating, rinse your mouth thoroughly with water to remove any food particles that may be stuck in your braces.

It’s also important to continue wearing your elastics as directed. Pack extra elastics in case some break or get lost during your trip. If you’ve been given a retainer, make sure to wear it as instructed and keep it in a protective case when not in use.

To avoid any setbacks in your treatment, schedule an appointment with Dr. Brady before your trip. This can ensure that your braces are in good condition and make any necessary adjustments to prevent discomfort or issues while you’re away.

Things You Should Take When You Travel

Before you zip up your suitcase and head off on your summer adventure, make sure you’ve got all the necessary tools to keep your braces and smile in tip-top shape. We know that maintaining good oral hygiene while traveling can be a bit tricky, but with a little preparation, you’ll be ready to tackle any orthodontic challenges that come your way. To make your life easier, we’ve put together a handy list of items that every braces-wearer should pack in their travel kit.

  •  Toothbrush and toothpaste
  •  Floss and floss threaders
  •  Orthodontic wax
  •  Extra elastics
  •  Mouthwash
  •  Interproximal brush
  •  Pain relief medication (just in case)
  •  Your orthodontist’s contact information

Foods You Should Not Eat When Traveling

When you have braces, it’s important to avoid certain foods that can damage your brackets or wires. This is especially true when traveling, as you may be tempted to indulge in local cuisine or snacks that you wouldn’t normally eat at home. Some foods to steer clear of include:

  •  Chewy or sticky foods like gum, caramel, and gummy candies
  •  Hard foods such as nuts, popcorn, and ice
  •  Crunchy snacks like chips and pretzels
  •  Sugary drinks and excessive amounts of soda
  • Foods that require biting into, such as corn on the cob and whole apples

Instead, opt for braces-friendly foods that are soft, easy to chew, and less likely to cause damage. Examples include yogurt, smoothies, soft fruits, and steamed vegetables.

Summer Travel Guide: Braces Edition

Flying with Braces

If you’re planning to travel by plane, there are a few things to keep in mind when you have braces. Changes in air pressure during takeoff and landing can cause discomfort in your teeth and jaw. To alleviate this, try chewing sugar-free gum or bringing along orthodontic wax to cover any brackets that may be irritating your cheeks or lips.

It’s also a good idea to pack a small travel-sized dental kit with your essential oral hygiene items. This way, you can easily access them during your flight and keep your braces clean and comfortable.

Dealing with Orthodontic Emergencies While Traveling

Orthodontic emergencies can happen at any time. You could be lounging by the pool, sipping on a refreshing drink, when suddenly you feel a sharp pain in your mouth. These things happen, and with a little know-how, you’ll be able to handle the situation like a pro. We’ve compiled a list of common orthodontic emergencies and what you should do if they occur while you’re traveling.

  •  Loose or broken bracket: Apply orthodontic wax to the affected area to prevent irritation. Contact Brady Orthodontics for guidance.
  •  Poking wire: To reposition a protruding wire, gently use a pencil eraser or a Q-tip. If necessary, secure it with orthodontic wax.
  •  Loose bands or spacers: Contact our team for instructions on how to handle the situation.
  •  Severe pain or discomfort: Take over-the-counter pain relief medication and contact Dr. Brady as soon as possible.
Summer Travel Guide: Braces Edition

Keep Your Braces Healthy During Your Summer Travels

Traveling with braces may require a bit more planning and preparation, but it shouldn’t hold you back from enjoying your summer adventures. By following these tips and guidelines, you can maintain healthy teeth and gums, prevent damage to your braces, and ensure that your orthodontic treatment stays on track. If you have any concerns or questions before your trip, don’t hesitate to contact Dr. Brady and the team at Brady Orthodontics. We wish you safe and enjoyable travels this summer!