Travelling with Braces

Travelling with Braces

Planning ahead makes travelling with braces easy. Today our Maple Ridge orthodontists share some tips on how to simplify travelling while you have braces.

Prepare a Ready-to-Go Oral Hygiene Kit

Having a small, pre-packed kit ready to go at all times will make travelling with braces easy. Find a small pouch or case that will fit easily into your purse, backpack, or carry-on luggage, and fill it with the items you will need to maintain optimum oral health while you're travelling with braces. 

Our Ridge Meadows orthodontists recommend that you include:

  • A travel toothbrush with brush cover
  • Dental floss or picks
  • Toothpaste
  • Mouthwash
  • Hand-held mirror
  • Anti-bacterial hand wipes
  • Ibuprofen or anti-inflammatory pain relief tablets
  • Lip balm to prevent chapping

Keeping your kit stocked and ready to go at all times will mean that you are prepared even for the most last minute travel plans.

Maintain Your Oral Hygiene Routine

Even if you are on vacation it's important to maintain good oral hygiene practices. That means cleaning your teeth after every snack or meal and flossing daily. Try not to let these best practices slide while you're away, you may have difficulty getting back on track once you get home again. Letting your oral hygiene routine slide can increase your risk of gum disease and tooth decay. If you get caught without a toothbrush while you're out, give your mouth a good rinse with water to help wash away food debris, then brush your teeth as soon as you can.

Take Along Some Braces-Friendly Snacks

Travel can really mess with our normal eating patterns but don't take risks with your braces when deciding what to eat while travelling. Chances are good that you won't be able to get to your orthodontist quickly if something happens to one of your brackets or wires. Be careful not to damage your braces! Always avoid crunchy, hard, chewy or sticky foods that could damage brackets and wires. 

You may find it helpful to bring along some compact, braces-friendly foods that you enjoy. Here are a few soft food snack suggestions to help you out:

  • 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

It can be tempting to bend the rules while on vacation. Be kind to your smile, plan ahead and have fun!

If you'd like more information on how to make travel easier when you have braces, contact Ridge Meadows Orthodontics in Maple Ridge today. Your smile is our passion.

Book your first orthodontic consultation today at myOrthodontist Maple Ridge.