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Ortho on the Go: Tips for Traveling with Braces or Clear Aligners

Sep 29, 2023Braces, Invisalign, Orthodontic Treatment

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Amid the hustle and bustle of travel, it’s easy to let certain routines slide. Maybe you wake up later than usual in the morning or keep forgetting to take your vitamins. (Don’t worry, it happens to everyone!) But consistency is the key to incredible results when it comes to your orthodontic treatment. Yes, even if you’re scaling mountain peaks or lounging on sun-soaked beaches! If you’re planning your next adventure and wondering how to keep your braces or aligners in check, look no further. Here are three Great Smiles tips to ensure your orthodontic plan stays on track while exploring the world.

Pack Smart for Orthodontic Care on the Road

The first step to maintaining your orthodontic routine is to travel with everything you need to take care of your chompers. Unless you want to wear braces or clear aligners even longer, your orthodontic care kit is as essential as your passport. Not only will you be more comfortable on the journey, but you’ll also have all the tools to fight cavities.

You’ll recognize everything in your to-go bag. Your travel kit should include a small mirror, toothbrush, toothpaste, dental floss, mouthwash, and orthodontic wax for those with braces. For those with Invisalign trays, bring your aligner case, all your cleaning supplies, and anything you need to keep track of your schedule.

Remember, it’s always better to have too much than too little when it comes to orthodontic care!

Stick to Your Routine (As Much As Possible)

Your routine might take a backseat to adventure when you’re busy exploring a new place. However, keeping up with your oral hygiene routine is critical even if you’re not undergoing orthodontic treatment. Patients must be extra diligent with braces or clear aligners to avoid cavities and gum disease.

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Brush and floss after every meal to keep your Invisalign or braces squeaky clean. If you’re wearing aligners, remember to remove them before eating and rinse them before putting them back in. Even on vacation, you need to wear your aligners for the recommended 20-22 hours per day unless you want to risk an orthodontic setback.

Plan for Unexpected Orthodontic Emergencies

While we hope your travels are smooth sailing, preparing for potential orthodontic mishaps is crucial. Loose brackets, broken wires, or lost aligners can happen, even when you’re on the go. Research local orthodontists in your destination area and keep their contact information handy. If you’re traveling abroad, learn how to explain your issue in the local language. Your home orthodontist can help you over a phone call or video chat – remember to let them know about your travel plans ahead of time!

Getting a Great Smile on the Go

Traveling with braces or aligners doesn’t have to be complicated. In fact, orthodontic care shouldn’t ever take away from the fun things in life! At Great Smiles Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics, we believe that the best ortho care is full of great vibes, even when you’re hitting the road with braces or Invisalign. 

With some preparation and a commitment to maintaining your routine, you can ensure your orthodontic treatment stays on track, no matter where your journey takes you. Just know your path to a perfect smile doesn’t pause when you’re globe-trotting. Safe travels!

Positive Communication

Choose a children’s dental practice near you where you and your child feel comfortable. You want good, effective communication and education. Look for a pediatric dentist who takes the time to explain procedures in a child-friendly manner, addressing any concerns or questions your child may have. 

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Final Thoughts on Finding a Pediatric Dentist Near You

Friendly staff and dentists who are skilled in interacting with children can help alleviate anxiety and create a positive dental experience for you and your child. Have a conversation with the staff when you call or ask to have a quick conversation with one of the pediatric dentists before you make an appointment.

Or, if you go and something does not fit about the experience– the service, the location near you, the atmosphere– then switch to a different dentist for your kids.

By prioritizing your child’s comfort, communication, and comprehensive care, you can ensure that they receive the best possible dental experience and lay the foundation for a lifetime of oral health.