Caring For Your Braces During Summer Break

Posted on 06/06/2018
This is the image for the news article titled Caring For Your Braces During Summer BreakSchool is about to be let out for the year and summer is almost here! For most families, that will mean kids going off to sports camp or summer camp, family vacations, and relaxing at the beach. Unfortunately, summer can also be the time that we forget and neglect our braces and orthodontic health. To avoid this, Dr. Pennella and our team at The Braces Place have put together some tips to care for your braces over the summer. We want you to enjoy your summer to the fullest without having any issues with your braces.

Pack Responsibly 

Wherever you are going this summer, we want you to pack responsibly for your teeth and braces. We have made an oral hygiene packing list so you can check off each item once it's packed safely in your bag.
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Floss and orthodontic threader
  • Mouthwash
  • Orthodontic wax
  • Small mirror

We suggest putting all of these items in a plastic bag labeled "braces kit." That way, they will all be in one place when it's time to brush and floss in the morning and at night. No matter where you are traveling this summer, it's important to continue taking care of your teeth and braces!

Keep Up The Same Routine

At The Braces Place, we know that summer runs on a different schedule and almost no routine. But we want to remind you to stick with your oral hygiene routine. Even though it is easy to forget about flossing when you are running down to the beach, it's crucial that you keep brushing and flossing as you have been. If you get into the habit of poor brushing and flossing, your dental and orthodontic health will suffer. Take it from us, you do not want to come back from your summer break with a bunch of oral health problems. To avoid this, keep up the effective brushing and flossing and you will be all set for summer! 

Avoid Breaking Brackets

To avoid breaking a bracket or wire during the summer, always be mindful of what you are eating and remember your mouthguard! We know it would be a hassle to come into the orthodontist in the summer just to fix a bracket. We want to avoid this just like you do! Please remember the foods you can eat with your braces and the foods you cannot. Always steer clear of hard and sticky foods, these are sure to disrupt your braces. And, when playing any type of sport, wear your mouthguard. You can quickly pop it in and out wherever you are and know that your braces and teeth are protected. With these two tips, you'll be able to enjoy your summer without having any problems with your braces.

Happy Summer from The Braces Place!

The Braces Place in Lexington wants to wish you a fun-filled, happy summer! We hope you enjoy your summer break while paying close attention to your oral hygiene and braces. And, if anything happens with your braces, we are a quick phone call away. Please do not hesitate to call our staff at The Braces Place for a quick question or to come in for a consultation. We will be available throughout the summer. Have fun and keep your braces clean and safe!