We’re nearing summer time which means it’s the start of vacation season! After the strenuous months the new year brings (not to mention the brutal winter), a little getaway is just what most of us need.
If braces are now a part of your life, you may be wondering if they’ll affect your relaxation at all. The good news is, you can have just as fabulous of a vacation with braces as you do without. That said, there are some general best practices you can make sure you follow to make sure your mouth stays healthy.
The last thing you want to do is pop a wire or a bracket off while away from your trusted orthodontist.
Watch Your Food Intake
We know that vacations often involve cheating on your usual diet regimen. This mindset should not extend to your braces. The same foods that are bad for your braces when you’re at home are still bad for them when you’re vacationing.
That includes chewy or gummy foods, popcorn, hard fruits, etc.
Feel free to live a little, just not at the expense of your brackets.
Keep the Aligners On
If you have Invisalign instead of traditional braces, you need to make sure you’re keeping your aligners on the full amount of time while on vacation. Neglecting them can result in discomfort and can set back your alignment schedule.
What if Something Goes Wrong?
If you feel that something is wrong with your braces while you’re on vacation, the best thing to do is to call your orthodontist. They can guide you through the situation and advise you on the best course of action.
For those taking a particularly lengthy vacation, it’s best to meet with your orthodontist as close to your departure date as possible. You’ll be able to plan accordingly from there.
Braces Should Never Stop You from Having a Good Time
If you’re in need of braces, but you’re worried about getting them before the summer months, don’t be! The truth is, there’s no “perfect” time to have braces. Properly aligned teeth, however, are great all year around.
So don’t wait.
For Twin Cities ortho services, contact Cosmopolitan Orthodontics today!