How To Handle Your First Summer With Braces

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If you are getting braces this spring, here are three tips that will help you deal with summer food, summer sports and summer vacation.

#1 Dealing With Summer Food

One of the great things about wearing braces is that you can eat pretty much whatever you want as long as you take care of your teeth after you eat. You can still enjoy such summer treats as corn and barbeque grilled foods; however, you are going to want to make sure that you will be able to clean your teeth right after you enjoy these types of foods.

One way to ensure that you take care of your teeth during the summer when you are more active and out and about is by keeping a travel toothbrush as well as a travel flossing kit in your purse, bag or vehicle. That way, no matter where you are, you can brush and floss your teeth after you eat.

#2 Dealing With Summer Drinks

In general, it is a smart idea to stay away from foods that could stain your teeth, even during the summer time. Foods that could stain your teeth include soft drinks or pop and very dark colored juices. It is a good idea to avoid these types of foods, even if you brush right after, as they can cause your teeth to be two different colors when you get your braces taken off. The staining can be so gradual you may not even realize it.

#3 Dealing With Summer Activities

When wearing braces, you are going to want to take some extra precautions to ensure that you don't get bumped in the mouth. The best way to protect your teeth when engaging in summer activities that may involve contact, from a casual baseball game to a trip to the water park, is by wearing a mouth guard.

Talk with your dentist and see if you can have a custom mouth guard made that will work with your braces. Be sure to bring this with you whenever you think you may participate in a summer activity that involved physical contact. You don't want to damage your teeth while you have braces on.

#4 Dealing With Summer Travel

You can completely travel with braces. All you need to do is make sure that you bring the right supplies with you. If you are going to be gone for more than a few days, you are going to want to bring not only your toothbrush and floss, but bands and wax for your braces as well.

When traveling on an airplane, it is a good idea to double-up on your dental supplies and keep one set of supplies in your carry-on bag and on in your checked bag so that if anything happens to your luggage, you'll still be able to take care of your teeth. For more information, talk to a professional like Kenneth F Wallace.


29 March 2017