Travelling with braces can be easy if you plan ahead. To help you avoid running into issues while you're away from home, here are some tips for travelling with braces, from our BC orthodontists.
Carry an Oral Hygiene Kit
It can be helpful to have a small, easy to transport kit ready to go while you're undergoing orthodontic treatment with braces. A small pouch or case is perfect to store everything in one spot, so it will easily fit into your carry-on, purse, backpack or luggage when you're away from home.
Be sure to include:
- A travel toothbrush
- Dental floss or picks
- A small tube of toothpaste
- Anti-bacterial mouthwash
- A small hand-held mirror
- Anti-bacterial hand wipes
- Ibuporphen or anti-inflammatory pain relief tablets
- Lip balm to prevent chapping
By keeping your kit stocked at all times, you will be ready at the drop of a hat if you unexpectedly need to be away from home.
Maintain Your Oral Hygiene Routine
Even while you're travelling, clean your teeth after each meal and snack. Try not to let your oral hygiene routine slip while you're away from home. If you let these best practices slide while you're away, you may have difficulty getting back on track once you get home. Getting out of the habit of good oral hygiene can increase your risk of tooth decay or gum disease.
Make an effort to keep up with your brushing and flossing routine while you're away. Rinse your mouth with mouthwash or clean tap water, if you get caught without a toothbrush while you're out, then brush your teeth as soon as possible.
Carry Braces-Friendly Snacks With You
Maintaining good eating habits while you are travelling is important. While you're away from home, be careful not to damage your braces. Avoid crunchy, hard, chewy or sticky foods that may damage brackets and wires.
To help you resist the temptation to eat foods you shouldn't, take along snacks that won't damage your braces such as:
- 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
Our team of orthodontic specialists understand that it can be tempting to bend the rules while on vacation, but it’s important to stay on track with your braces in order to achieve the best possible results from your treatment.