A Guide to Traveling with Braces

With the summer holidays almost finished, now is the time to knuckle down and get the best start to 2019 that you possible can. Maybe your new year’s resolution is to go to the gym more often, eat healthier, or even decide to receive orthodontic treatment to improve your smile? Regardless of what your goals are, beginning the year with energy, positivity, and optimism is the foundation for success.

An increasing number of adults are choosing to receive orthodontic treatment to enhance their smile and improve their oral health. With a range of comfortable and discreet treatment options available (such as Invisalign) along with reduced treatment times, it’s no surprise that more and more people are deciding to improve their health and appearance and boost their confidence and self-esteem. Still, one of the most effective ways to correct crooked teeth and fix a misaligned bite is with traditional braces.

Most people are familiar with traditional braces and understand what’s involved with the treatment. Arguably the biggest fear for patients with braces is breaking a bracket or wire when they’re holidaying away from home, so today we’ll be easing the burden by offering you a simple guide to traveling with braces.

Visit your orthodontist

If you’re traveling for an extended period of time, it’s highly encouraged to visit your orthodontist for a check-up before you leave. You’ll likely miss a follow-up appointment when you’re traveling, so this check-up will ensure your teeth and braces are in a healthy condition and you’ll also be able to reschedule any missed appointments while you’re away. Now is the perfect time to stock up on orthodontic wax and pain medication if needed and speak with your orthodontist about an emergency referral to an orthodontist in your holiday location (better to be safe than sorry)!

Travel kit

To make it easy to maintain good oral health while your traveling, it’s best to bring a braces travel kit with all the essential items. While you may want to have more items included, a basic travel kit should include:

  • Toothbrush
  • Fluoride toothpaste
  • Floss threaders
  • Mouthwash
  • Orthodontic wax
  • Pain medication
  • Plenty of rubber bands (if applicable)

Just because you’re in an exotic location doesn’t mean you can neglect your oral health! You should brush and floss your teeth the same as you would at home (ideally after every meal). It will probably be more difficult considering that you’re not following your normal routine but failing to remove foot particles and plaque from your teeth increases the chances of demineralisation and tooth staining.

Be prepared for emergencies

While you don’t want to picture having a broken bracket or wire whilst your traveling, it’s important that you prepare for any situation including emergencies. Being away from your local orthodontist means that you need to be self-reliant, and your orthodontic wax will come in handy in most scenarios.

If you happen to break a bracket or wire, simply apply some orthodontic wax on the metal tips to stop it from irritating and rubbing against your gums and cheeks. You may experience some pain and discomfort to begin with and this is where your pain medication will help. You certainly don’t want to be in any pain whilst you’re on holidays!

If your condition gets worse and you develop sores in your mouth, rinse with warm salty water a couple of times each day to relieve the pain. If, however, you’re in a lot of pain and stressed about your condition, you can always use the emergency referral from your orthodontist to schedule an appointment with a local orthodontist at your destination.

Enjoy yourself!

The most important travel tip is to enjoy yourself and have fun. As long as you’re careful with what you eat and you maintain good oral health, the world is your oyster! If you have any additional questions about traveling with braces, simply get in touch with the friendly team at Clear Smile Orthodontics on the Gold Coast. Fore more information, phone their staff on 07 5593 3733.

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