How to Care for Your Braces This Summer

Don’t forget to prioritize braces care this summer!

Summer is the perfect time to take a vacation, as long as you’re not taking a break from your orthodontic care routine. Changing your daily routine can cause you to fall into bad habits, but planning ahead can keep things on track. Follow these care tips while you’re on a vacation to keep your smile healthy and your treatment plan humming along.

1. Schedule a Pre-Vacation Orthodontic Visit

Before embarking on your summer escapades, schedule a visit with our office for a routine check-up. We’ll assess your progress, make any necessary adjustments, and equip you with essential supplies for the journey ahead.

2. Pack Supplies

Ensure your travel bag includes all the necessary supplies to maintain optimal braces care on the go. Don’t forget to pack your toothbrush, dental floss, and an adequate supply of rubber bands. Additionally, carry any prescribed pain medication to alleviate discomfort during your travels.

3. Brush & Floss

Amidst the excitement of summer activities, it’s crucial to prioritize your daily oral hygiene routine. Brush your teeth after every meal, using a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste. Flossing is equally vital for removing food particles lodged between braces and teeth, preventing plaque buildup, and maintaining gum health.

4. Eat the Right Food

While indulging in summer delights, be mindful of foods that can compromise your braces. Avoid these foods with braces such as hard, crunchy, or sticky foods, as they can damage wires and brackets. Instead, opt for braces-friendly summer food alternatives like soft fruits, yogurt, smoothies, and ice cream to satisfy your cravings without risking orthodontic mishaps.

5. Don’t Panic

Despite your best efforts, mishaps can occur while enjoying summer activities. If you misplace your clear aligner tray, don’t panic. Simply revert to your previous or next tray and seek a replacement upon your return. In case of wire irritation, discomfort, or any orthodontic concerns, contact our orthodontic team promptly for guidance and assistance.

We hope you enjoy your summer!

At Adirondack Orthodontics, we encourage you to plan ahead before your summer vacation. Thinking ahead will enable you to have a fun, worry-free summer while still adhering to your orthodontic treatment plan.

Even if you do run into an issue like a lost separator, wire irritation, or general discomfort, call the team at Adirondack Orthodontics. We’re always standing by to answer your questions and help you care for your teeth.

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