Caring For Your Braces While Traveling

December 10, 2018

If you’re undergoing orthodontic treatment and planning on taking a holiday vacation, there are a few things you should do to be prepared. There are a few things you should plan on taking with you while you’re out of town. These items include:

  • Travel toothbrush
  • Fluoride toothpaste
  • Travel-sized bottle of mouthwash
  • Flosspick, interdental brushes, or floss
  • Orthodontic wax to cover any protruding wires
It’s a good idea to have a small bag dedicated just to your oral hygiene products. There are even pre-made braces kits that you can purchase that include travel-sized versions of the above items.

What To Avoid on Vacation

Below are a few food items to avoid while you’re on vacation in order to prevent broken brackets or wires:
  • Gummy, sticky, or chewy foods
  • Hard candies, cookies, or pretzels
  • Corn on the cob
  • Hard rolls or bagels
  • Biting into whole fruits – instead, cut fruit like apples and pears into wedges first
  • Nuts, including peanuts, cashews, and almonds
If you’re on vacation and you’re experiencing problems with your orthodontic equipment, you can usually visit an orthodontic office in your area. Most orthodontics are willing to help patients who are experiencing pain, discomfort, or an orthodontic emergency. For more information on how you can have a braces-friendly vacation, or to make an appointment at our office, please contact Kuhni Orthodontic Studio here in Spanish Fork, Utah. Our orthodontist serves neighboring areas of Lake Shore and Springville.