Spring break is a great time to relax and have fun, but if you have braces, you may be worried about how to take care of them while on vacation. At Ellingsen Orthodontics in Spokane, WA, we understand your concerns and want to make sure you have a fun and safe time during your break. Here are some tips to help you take care of your braces and enjoy your spring break to the fullest.
Pack the Essentials
Before you head out on your spring break trip, make sure to pack all the essentials for taking care of your braces. This includes orthodontic wax, floss, a toothbrush, and toothpaste. If you use elastics or other appliances, make sure to bring extra supplies. It’s also a good idea to bring a small mirror so you can check for any food particles stuck in your braces.
Watch What You Eat
While on vacation, it can be tempting to indulge in all your favorite foods. However, if you have braces, it’s important to be mindful of what you eat. Hard, sticky, and sugary foods can damage your braces and prolong your treatment time. Stick to soft foods like cooked vegetables, yogurt, and scrambled eggs, and avoid foods like popcorn, hard candy, and gum.
Staying hydrated is essential for maintaining good oral health, especially if you have braces. Drinking plenty of water can help flush out food particles and bacteria, reducing the risk of cavities and other dental problems. It’s also a good idea to avoid sugary and acidic drinks like soda and juice, which can damage your braces and cause tooth decay.
Protect Your Braces
If you’re participating in any physical activities like sports, make sure to wear a mouthguard to protect your braces from damage. Mouthguards can also help prevent injuries to your teeth and mouth, keeping you safe while having fun.
Keep Up with Your Oral Care Routine
Even if you’re on vacation, it’s important to keep up with your oral care routine. Make sure to brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss once a day to keep your braces and teeth clean. If you’re traveling, try to set a reminder on your phone to make sure you don’t forget to brush and floss.
At Ellingsen Orthodontics, we want you to have a fun and safe spring break. If you have any questions or concerns about taking care of your braces during your vacation, don’t hesitate to reach out to our team. We’re always here to help you achieve a healthy, beautiful smile.