Summer vacation is here! Are you planning a family trip with an orthodontic patient in tow? Make sure you have all the supplies you need to keep your child’s braces (or clear aligners) clean and protected during your travels. Here’s a quick list of what to bring when traveling with braces, plus some additional tips and things to consider.
What to Bring When Traveling with Braces
When you’re getting ready for your trip, we recommend packing these supplies:
- Toothbrush and toothpaste – Obviously.
- Floss threader – To make flossing easier around brackets and wires.
- Orthodontic wax – For relief in case you experience soreness during your trip.
- Tylenol or Ibuprofen – Again, in case of any soreness.
- Protective case – This is a must-have if your child wears Invisalign aligners or retainers.
- Q-tip – To push into place any wire ligatures that may become displaced.
- Nail clippers and tweezers – In case of a loose wire, you can replace the wire with the tweezers or clip the wire with the nail clippers if it needs to be shortened.
Additional Tips and Considerations
Here a few extra tips and reminders to help you keep your teeth in tip-top condition while traveling with braces:
- Schedule a check-up before you leave – See Dr. Dougherty before you leave town, so that she can adjust your braces (or aligners) as needed.
- Stick to your routine! – Keep up your regular routine of brushing and flossing, especially after meals.
- Eat a braces-friendly diet – Just because you’re on vacation, that doesn’t mean it’s okay to eat foods that are bad for your braces (like popcorn, soda, and certain types of candy). Choose soft treats like fruit, yogurt, smoothies, and milkshakes.
- Know what to do in case of an emergency – See our separate post for advice on how to deal with various orthodontic emergencies.
If your child doesn’t have braces yet, you might consider waiting until school starts up again. For more info on the pros and cons of getting braces in the summer, check out our post: Is Summer the Best Time to Start Braces?