The school year is over! The weather forecaster predicts beautiful sunshine. You’ve looked forward to summer all year long. But what about your new braces? Read on for our top tips for summer vacation with braces to help you make this the best summer yet.

Summer Travel

Summer vacation with braces might seem daunting, especially when you think about caring for your braces on the road. But it’s really quite easy once you get used to what to pack and have a routine down.

The most important tip when you travel is to pack all the tools you normally use to clean your braces (toothbrush, floss, threader, dental pick) and make sure to stick to your routine.

Summer Fun

When you’re having fun in the sun, the last thing you want to think about is an emergency. But emergencies happen to the best of us, unfortunately. The best thing you can do is to be prepared.

Make sure to keep your orthodontist’s phone number handy at all times, just in case there’s a mishap. If a wire or bracket comes loose, don’t try to fix it yourself! It might seem like the fastest way to get back to having fun, but it can also cause more harm which might sideline you for even longer. Calling your orthodontist right away is really the best way to get your braces back to tip-top shape quickly so that you can rejoin the summer fun.

Summer Snacks

Summer vacation with braces is full of fun and busyness, so you’re likely to work up an appetite! It’s a good idea to keep snacks on hand that are safe for your braces so they’ll be ready for you when hunger strikes. Or, if you’re out and about, it can also be helpful to keep a list of foods that are safe or unsafe for your braces, so you can reference it when buying snacks or eating out with friends.

Summer Dental Care

Last but not least, don’t forget to take good care of your teeth in between all that summer fun! Keeping up with brushing and flossing your teeth and braces along with scheduling your routine appointments can go a long way towards keeping your smile healthy and ready for the day when you get your braces off!

Call our Tulsa Dental Office to make an appointment with a dentist who may be able to help you find out more about this topic, and improve your oral health.