When you're on vacation, braces can complicate matters a bit. Orthodontic work may lead to excellent results, but they can be difficult to deal with when you're trying to live your best life.
If you're going on vacation, you can still take great care of your braces. Here are a few tips to make sure your braces don't cramp your style while you're away from home.
Pack All the Essentials
The first step is to make sure you have everything you need to take care of your braces. This includes a toothbrush and a travel-sized toothbrush you can throw in a small purse or pocket.
You should also pack floss and orthodontic wax. The wax is particularly important because it can help you deal with any irritating wire that may pop up while you're on vacation. You likely won't be able to pop into your orthodontist's office on vacation, so the wax will help.
Get the Number of a Local Orthodontist
Even if you're only going on a short trip, it's always a good idea to have the number of a local orthodontist. You might even call ahead and ask if they take emergency appointments. You can also ask your orthodontist for a referral.
If you do run into any problems with your braces, you can get in touch with someone who can help.
Get a Mouthguard
If you plan to do any physical activities, it's a good idea to wear a mouthguard while you do it. This will protect your braces and your teeth from any damage. If you accidentally hit your mouth, you won't risk any damage.
You can ask your orthodontist for a mouthguard that's custom-fit to your mouth. This will be more comfortable than a store-bought mouthguard, and it will also be more effective at protecting your braces.
Check with Your Dentist
Before you go on vacation, it's always a good idea to check in with your dentist. They may have some specific tips for you to follow while you're away. For example, they may recommend that you only eat soft foods while you're on vacation. This can help you avoid any irritation to your braces. They may also want to make sure that you are up to date with any tightening your braces might need. On the other hand, you can also decide to wait until after your vacation to tighten your orthodontia to avoid pain or discomfort on vacation.
Reach out to your dentist for more information.
I grew up in a home with parents who did not insist on good dental hygiene. By the time I was old enough to know better, some damage had already been done. I had many cavities, crooked teeth, and some discoloration on my teeth. I knew it would not be easy to take my smile from where it was to where it is today, but I was determined to finally have nice teeth. I visited a dentist who was very nice and never judged me. We made a dental plan together. Spreading the procedures out over time made it much easier to afford them. I now have almost perfect teeth after all that hard work! I created this blog to help others who have dental problems that stem from bad childhood habits know there is hope! It is never too late to start seeing the dentist!