Spring break is a time to relax, have fun, and create lasting memories. However, if you have braces, you may be wondering how to enjoy your break while still taking care of your orthodontic treatment. At Bruner Orthodontics and Duvall Orthodontics, we want to help our patients have an enjoyable break without compromising their treatment. Here are some tips to help you have a great spring break with braces:
Pack a Braces Care Kit
To make sure you're prepared for any orthodontic issues that may arise, it's important to pack a braces care kit. Your kit should include a toothbrush, toothpaste, dental floss, interdental cleaners, orthodontic wax or relief wax, a small first-aid kit, and pain relievers. Don't forget to pack a water bottle and straw to help you stay hydrated and avoid sugary drinks.
Be Careful with What You Eat
It's important to be mindful of what you eat during your spring break with braces. Hard, crunchy, and sticky foods can damage your braces and prolong your treatment time. Avoid foods like popcorn, ice, chewing gum, and candy. Instead, choose soft foods that are easy to chew, like yogurt, mashed potatoes, and scrambled eggs. Cut fresh fruits and vegetables into small, bite-sized pieces to make them easier to eat.
Protect Your Braces During Physical Activities
If you're planning on participating in physical activities during your break, like playing sports, make sure to wear a mouthguard to protect your braces and teeth from impact or injury. A mouthguard can also prevent damage to your lips and cheeks. It's important to make sure your mouthguard fits properly, so speak to your orthodontist if you need a custom-fit mouthguard.
Maintain Your Oral Hygiene Routine
Even on vacation, it's important to maintain your regular oral hygiene routine to keep your teeth and braces clean and healthy. Brush your teeth at least twice a day for two minutes each time, and floss once a day. If you're traveling, pack a travel-sized toothbrush and toothpaste to help you maintain your oral hygiene routine on the go.
Schedule Your Next Orthodontic Appointment
Before you leave for your spring break, schedule your next orthodontic appointment with Bruner Orthodontics or Duvall Orthodontics. Regular appointments are crucial to ensuring the success of your orthodontic treatment. If you're due for an adjustment or have any concerns about your treatment, schedule your appointment as soon as possible.
At Bruner Orthodontics and Duvall Orthodontics, we're dedicated to providing our patients with compassionate care and outstanding results. If you have any questions or concerns about your braces or orthodontic treatment, don't hesitate to contact us. You can also request an appointment on our website.