The best of this year's holiday season is just around the corner, and that means it's almost holiday vacation time! Whether you're headed to a far-away destination for a relaxing holiday getaway or you're visiting family and friends nearby, holiday vacations are usually a time to relax, enjoy spending time with loved ones, and enjoy all the holidays have to offer. While you're enjoying your holiday vacation, however, you can't forget about your braces! That's why our orthodontist in Gainesville with Studio32 Orthodontics put together this helpful guide of tips and tricks to keep your braces in great condition throughout the holiday season.
Contact our office today for more information about braces care during your holiday vacation and to schedule orthodontic treatment.
Choose Holiday Foods Wisely
The holidays often bring with them a wide assortment of yummy foods and treats, and traveling during the holiday season means there's so much more to choose from. But no matter how much you might want to sink your teeth into sugary treats and comforting dishes, you can't forget about your orthodontic treatment. For braces wearers, there are certain types of foods particularly popular during the holiday season that can bend your archwires, break your brackets, and even damage the health of your teeth and gums. Staying away from hard, starchy foods like ice, nuts, hard taco shells, corn on the cob, chips, pizza crust, and hard pastries and candies is a must! Also, braces-wearers should avoid chewing gum and eating other sticky foods like licorice, toffee, caramels, and dried fruit. If you have any questions about certain dishes or ingredients, contact our office, and we'll be happy to help!
Don't Forget Your Daily Oral Hygiene Routine
No matter where you travel this holiday season or how long you'll be away from home, maintaining your orthodontic progress with teeth straightening with braces should always be on your mind. Taking excellent care of your teeth and gums is very important to the overall wellbeing of your mouth as well as your orthodontic treatment. Using proper techniques for brushing and flossing is extra important during holiday vacations where lots of different, delicious treats are available. And when you're away on vacation, your orthodontist won't be nearby to help if something goes wrong. Regardless of your holiday vacation plans, be sure to brush and floss your teeth in the morning, after each meal, and in the evening before bed.
Keep Your Braces Tool Kit On Hand
Holiday vacations can be a 24/7 adventure, so it's essential to keep all of your braces-care tools within reach wherever you go. No matter what types of braces our patients have, keeping a small, portable tool kit handy can help them stay on top of their oral hygiene. To stay prepared throughout your holiday vacation, be sure to include the following items in your holiday vacation braces toolkit.
- Orthodontic Wax
- Compact Mirror
- Regular Or Travel-Sized Mouth Rinse
- Rubber Bands
- Invisalign® Trays (For Invisalign® Wearers)
Schedule A Pre-Vacation Orthodontist Check-Up
Before your big holiday trip, be sure to schedule an appointment with your Gainesville orthodontist here at Studio32 Orthodontics! During your appointment with us, Dr. Mullally and our dental team can double-check that your brackets are in place, your archwires are tight, and that your teeth are in perfect shape for your vacation. We can also answer any questions you may have about caring for your braces or Invisalign® trays while you're away from home, braces-approved foods and treats, and the best braces-cleaning tools to bring along with you. If your vacation keeps you for a lengthy time, our staff can make adjustments to your next appointment schedule, so you can stay on track towards a beautiful, healthy smile!