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Ortho Tips While Traveling

Ortho Tips While traveling
Spring is in the air! Are you heading out for a spring break vacation!? If so, and you have braces or Invisalign, we put together a quick checklist with some ortho tips while traveling to help ward off any potential issues!

Schedule a Check-Up Before You Leave

Give us a call and schedule an appointment for a check-up before you plan to leave on your trip. Let us know you are heading out on a trip soon. Not only can offer up some more tips ortho tips while traveling, but we can also check things out to ensure all looks set for before you embark on your journey!

Pack an Ortho Toolkit:

Be prepared! Here are a few things to remember to throw in your suitcase:
  • Toothpaste
  • Toothbrush
  • Mouthwash
  • Dental floss and floss threader
  • Orthodontic wax
  • Ibuprofen (or another pain reliever)
  • Invisalign aligners (if used and changing out while away)
  • Invisalign case (if used)
  • Retainer case (if used)

Don’t Forget the Rules!

Just because “real life” is on hold for a bit doesn’t mean the maintenance of your oral health can be as well. Remember to maintain good brushing habits, avoid those troublesome foods, and be diligent on any upkeep (switching out liners, etc.) while away. 

Tips for Trouble While Traveling

If something does pop up (or pop off!) while you are away, there’s no reason to worry. Most likely there is a temporary fix that will still allow you to enjoy your vacation. Then, upon your return, schedule a follow-up appointment, and we will get things all back into order.  Here are some tips for trouble should they arise. 

 

Poking/Irritating Wires or Brackets:  If you have a problem area with a poking wire, use the back of a spoon or a pencil eraser and push the wire under your braces and out of the way. If it’s still poking, grab some wax, dry the tooth with a tissue, stick it onto the bracket and wire and adjust it as needed.  If a wire or bracket is irritating your lips or cheeks, rinse with warm salt water and use wax to eliminate the issue.

Broken Brackets: If a bracket breaks on a front or middle tooth, treat like a poking wire and remedy with wax. If a bracket breaks on a back tooth, you can gently remove it from the wire. If a long piece of wire is hanging out after a bracket breaks, cut it with nail clippers, very carefully!

 

Contact Us!

Hopefully, these ortho tips while traveling will help ensure there are no issues while you are on vacay! If you have concerns or issues while you are mid-vacation, give us a call! We are happy to help troubleshoot the situation until you can get back to see us in the office. Otherwise, enjoy your time away, and we will see you soon.
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