Top Tips for Traveling with Braces


It’s time to embark on your much-anticipated vacation, and your happy, healthy smile is the most important thing to pack! At Specialists in Orthodontics Maryland, our talented orthodontists are here to give you advice on how to travel with braces and still be able to relax on your getaway. 

“Must Haves” to Bring When Traveling with Braces

An easy way to make sure you have everything you need to take care of your braces during a trip is to make a “must-haves” list. Our talented orthodontists can help you decide what you need to bring so you don’t forget the necessities for a vacation-ready smile.

Here are a few vacation must-haves for optimal orthodontic care:

  • Toothbrush and fluoridated toothpaste
  • Dental floss
  • Orthodontic wax
  • Travel-sized fluoridated mouth rinse
  • New InvisalignⓇ clear aligners (If it’s time for your next set)
  • A small mirror

Continue Your Normal Oral Care Routine

Whether you have traditional braces or Invisalign treatment, it’s important to maintain your regular dental health and orthodontic care to keep your smile fresh and braces clean during your vacation. Continue to brush twice a day, floss daily, and rinse your mouth with fluoridated mouth rinse after meals. Also, remember to clean your Invisalign aligners in between wear.

Stick to Foods You Know

The best way to maintain optimal orthodontic care during vacation is to stick with your regular routine, including what you eat. Trying new foods is a fun part of a trip but continue to enjoy braces-friendly food options and shy away from hard, sticky, and crunchy foods while you’re away. Knowing what food and drinks work for your braces can help you have a stress-free getaway and avoid a dental emergency when you are miles away from your orthodontist.  

There are still many great food options to enjoy on your vacation. For on-the-road snacks, enjoy string cheese, yogurt cups, chopped fruits and vegetables, or even a smoothie. You can still enjoy wonderful meals out at new restaurants, but continue to choose foods that will treat your braces well and make you smile! 

Have More Questions About Traveling with Braces? Call Today!

If you have questions about best practices for traveling with braces or you’re looking for an orthodontist near you, Specialists in Orthodontics Maryland is here to help. Contact one of our five convenient Maryland locations to schedule your complimentary consultation!

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