Summer Travel Guide: Braces Edition

Summer is the perfect time for road trips, beach vacations, and exploring new places. At Pioneer Orthodontics, we want to ensure that your summer adventures are filled with fun, not dental issues. So, we’ve brought together a few essential tips for maintaining your braces while traveling so you can focus on making memories and enjoying your time away from home.

Preparing for Travel

Before you set off on your summer journey, assembling a travel-friendly braces care kit is essential.

What to include in your kit:

  • Toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, orthodontic wax
  • Small mirror for on-the-go checks 
  • Pain relief medication

Travel-sized items can save space in your luggage and make it easier to keep everything in one convenient spot. Having all these essentials will ensure that you can handle any minor issues that arise without stress.

Say Bye Before You Go

Scheduling a check-up with Dr. Tewes before your trip is also a good idea. This appointment lets us check that your braces are in top shape, reducing the risk of issues while you’re away. Dr. Tewes can also provide specific travel advice tailored to your needs so you’ll have peace of mind as you embark on your journey.

On the Road Care

Maintaining your braces routine is super, even on vacation. Brush your teeth after every meal, and use a mouth rinse to catch any hidden debris. Regular cleaning prevents plaque buildup and keeps your teeth healthy, so you’ll stay on course for a smooth orthodontic treatment process.

In Case of Emergency 

Despite your best efforts, emergencies can happen. If a bracket breaks or a wire pokes, have a plan:

  • Use orthodontic wax to cover sharp edges.
  • Carry the contact information of local orthodontists in the area you’re visiting.
  • Know where to find emergency dental services.

Having a plan in place for emergencies can save you from unnecessary stress and make sure that minor issues don’t ruin your vacation.

Eating While Traveling

Choosing braces-friendly foods to avoid damage is important. Soft foods like fruits, yogurt, cheese, sandwiches, and cooked vegetables are all easy on your braces.

Avoid hard, sticky, and sugary snacks like nuts, candies, and popcorn. These can damage your braces and extend your treatment.

Dining Out 

When dining out, select menu items that are easy on your braces. Opt for soups, pasta, and soft-cooked meats. If you’re unsure about a dish, ask the restaurant staff for recommendations. It’s better to be cautious than to deal with a broken bracket on vacation. 


Summer Travel Guide: Braces Edition

Fun in the Sun

Staying active is great, but whether you’re hiking, biking, or playing sports, it’s important to protect your mouth.

By The Pool

Swimming is a staple summer activity. While braces won’t stop you from going for a swim, it’s still important to take precautions. 

Rinse your mouth with clean water after swimming in chlorinated pools. Stay hydrated to keep your mouth clean and reduce the risk of dry lips, and apply lip balm with SPF to protect your lips from sunburn.

Summer Sports

If you’re playing contact sports, wearing a mouthguard during physical activities can prevent injury to your braces and teeth, ensuring that you can enjoy your activities without worry. Remember to clean your mouthguard regularly and store it properly to maintain hygiene.

Post-Travel Care

Schedule a follow-up appointment with Pioneer Orthodontics after your trip. Dr. Tewes will check for any issues and ensure your braces are still in good condition. Addressing problems early can prevent them from becoming more significant concerns so you stay on track with your treatment plan.

Back in The Groove

After the excitement of vacation, it’s time to get back into your regular braces care routine. Get back into your good habits by brushing and flossing regularly, following any specific instructions from Dr. Tewes, and staying consistent with your orthodontic appointments. This will help to keep your treatment on schedule and ensure the best possible results.

Q&A: Common Travel Concerns with Braces

Q: Can I use any type of toothpaste while traveling?

A: Yes, you can use any fluoride toothpaste while traveling. However, if you have a specific toothpaste recommended by Dr. Tewes, it’s best to stick with that to keep consistency in your care routine.

Q: What should I do if I lose my orthodontic wax? 

A: If you lose your orthodontic wax, you can often find it at local pharmacies. 

Q: How do I keep my braces clean if I can’t brush after a meal?

A: If you can’t brush after a meal, rinsing your mouth with water or mouthwash can help remove food particles. Carrying floss picks or an interdental brush can also be useful for quick clean-ups on the go.

Q: Are there any specific beverages I should avoid while traveling? 

A: Avoid sugary drinks and sodas, as they can contribute to plaque buildup and tooth decay. Stick to water, milk, and unsweetened beverages to keep your teeth healthy.


Summer Travel Guide: Braces Edition

Enjoying the Summer With Pioneer Orthodontics

By preparing ahead, maintaining your daily care routine, and knowing how to handle emergencies, you can enjoy your summer adventures worry-free. Remember, the team at Pioneer Orthodontics is here to support you every step of the way. Schedule your free consultation with us at our Lincoln and York offices, and have a fantastic summer filled with fun and healthy smiles!