Before fall sets in, take advantage of the summer sun and plan a relaxing vacation for you and your loved ones. As much as we adore Wichita, it’s nice to get out of town sometimes! If you are planning on traveling this month, here are some tips from our Wichita orthodontist on how to keep your braces looking and working great throughout your trip: 

1. Make an appointment with your orthodontist

It’s a good idea to see your orthodontist, so they can tighten up any wires, fix your brackets, and give you an overall assessment of your orthodontic progress before you pack your bags. You don’t want your treatment to be delayed because your braces aren’t properly fixed to your teeth for a few weeks! The orthodontist can also give you unique advice for your trip.

2. Keep extra wax/rubber bands on hand

Whenever you get your braces readjusted, your mouth and teeth may feel a little tender or sore. Ask your orthodontist for some extra wax to keep any sharp edges from poking your mouth and detracting from your valuable time off. 

Rubber bands are another great thing to keep on hand when you’re traveling. They serve an important purpose – correcting your jaw positioning for an even bite. You’ll want to have some extras in case your bands snap off. Without them, your jaws could easily revert into their former position, undoing all your orthodontist’s hard work! 

3. Bring braces-friendly snacks

If your destination is more than a few hours away, you’ll definitely want to bring some braces-friendly snacks for the road or flight. Hungriness quickly translates to anger and nobody wants to be upset on their vacation! 

A lot of generic portable snacks are considerably unbraces-friendly. Beef jerky, trail mix, chips, popcorn, dried fruit, licorice, pretzels, popcorn, and granola bars are all major no-no’s. Here are a few snack suggestions our Wichita orthodontist has for his patients: 

  • String cheese
  • Bananas 
  • Boiled eggs
  • Greek yogurt (if you have somewhere to store it)
  • Jello 
  • Ham and cheese sandwiches
  • Applesauce 
  • Seedless grapes
  • Muffins
  • Edamame

4. Drink lots of water

Not only is it important to drink lots of water in the summer heat to stay hydrated, it’s the best way to give your teeth a quick rinse! Sugar and food debris can easily get caught in between your brackets. This can easily result in plaque, tooth decay, and eventually cavities. We understand that not everyone has the time to brush and floss in between every snack, meal, or drink, especially on vacation, so we encourage patients to simply drink plenty of water in between activities! It’ll be good for your teeth, skin, kidneys, and overall health!  

5. Locate emergency dentists/orthodontists

You can prepare, but you can never fully prevent accidents from happening. Before you go on your trip, do some research on dentists and orthodontists in the area you’re staying. Keep a card with their contact information and office hours, so you know just where to go in case there’s an emergency. While your trusted Wichita orthodontist, Dr. Gorantla, can always help you via phone, you may need in-person help for urgent situations. 

Vacations are meant to be relaxing and fun, so let’s keep them that way! Less stress about your braces means more time to enjoy yourself. Talk to your orthodontist in Wichita at Smiles Orthodontics if you are planning to go away for a while. We can help keep your orthodontic treatment on track, so you don’t have to worry about it! If you need to make an appointment, give us a call or check our page about braces to learn more about the topic.