June 18th, 2015
Summer is here! It’s a busy time of year for everyone, with family vacations, sports, and fun events. We’ve put together some tips to keep your braces and teeth in good shape so that you can make the most of your summer.
Whether you’re going on a road trip to grandma’s or flying to a different country, there are a couple things to keep in mind before you travel. First, if you’re going to be gone for an extended period of time, make sure to schedule an appointment with us beforehand so that we can make sure your braces are in tip top shape. As for packing, make sure you have enough wax and bands to make it through the trip, in addition to your orthodontic hygiene kit and retainer case. That way, you can maintain good oral health even while on vacation.
We always recommend mouthguards for any contact sport whether the patient has braces or not. There are special mouth guards you can buy for braces or we can make you a custom mouthguard if you would like. While sports like baseball are not always considered a contact sport, don’t forget there are times that your child may have to slide into a base or may collide with another fielder.
We also recommend that the patients take their retainers out for all sports, contact and non contact. This includes swimming- the last thing we’d want is for your retainer to get lost in the pool! Also avoid leaving your retainer in hot places, like your car while at the beach. Prolonged exposure to heat can cause your retainer to shrink! Finally, always make sure to store your retainer in the case provided to you.
Try to stay away from drinks that will stain your teeth like coffee, soft drinks or dark colored juices- Not only will drinks like this weaken your enamel but they will also darken that fabulous smile you’ve been working on! Try to keep a good teeth-brushing schedule, even if you’re busy. If you can’t fully brush your teeth after any meal, you can keep your mouth safe from staining and other possible pitfalls by swirling your mouth with water.
If you have any questions or need to schedule an appointment, please let us know. Until then, have some fun in the sun this summer!