Spring break is just around the corner, and many people are looking forward to some much-needed time off. Whether you’re planning a trip to the beach, hitting the slopes, or just staying at home, it’s important to keep your braces in mind during your spring break activities. At Castle Rock Orthodontics, we understand that having braces can sometimes feel like a hindrance, but with a few tips and tricks, you can still enjoy your spring break to the fullest.
Pack the Right Foods
When packing for your spring break, it’s important to choose the right foods that won’t damage your braces. Hard, sticky, or chewy foods can damage your braces and cause them to break, so be sure to pack softer, easier-to-chew foods like fruits, vegetables, and lean proteins. Also, remember to avoid sugary or acidic drinks, as they can cause damage to your teeth and braces.
Be Prepared with a Braces Kit
Braces kits are essential for any trip or vacation, and they should include a toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, orthodontic wax, and a small mirror. These items can help you keep your braces clean and comfortable, and can help you avoid any unexpected problems.
Wear a Mouthguard During Physical Activities
If you’re planning on playing any physical sports or activities, it’s important to wear a mouthguard to protect your braces and teeth. A mouthguard can prevent any damage or injuries that could be caused by impact, and can help you avoid costly and time-consuming repairs.
Enjoy the Sunshine Safely
If you’re headed to a sunny destination for your spring break, be sure to protect your braces and your skin from the sun. The FDA regulates sunscreens to ensure they meet safety and effectiveness standards. To improve the quality, safety, and effectiveness of sunscreens, FDA posted a proposed order on September 24, 2021 that describes updated proposed requirements for sunscreens. Given the recognized public health benefits of sunscreen use, Americans should continue to use sunscreen with other sun protective measures as this important effort moves forward. Wear a hat or sunglasses to protect your face and avoid any potential damage to your braces caused by exposure to the sun. It’s important to take precautions and protect yourself from the harmful effects of the sun while still enjoying your spring break with braces.
Follow Your Orthodontist’s Instructions
Finally, the most important tip for enjoying your spring break with braces is to follow your orthodontist’s instructions. Whether it’s avoiding certain foods, wearing rubber bands, or making sure to keep up with your oral hygiene routine, following your orthodontist’s instructions can help ensure that your treatment stays on track and you can get the best possible results.
At Castle Rock Orthodontics, we’re committed to helping our patients achieve healthy, beautiful smiles, and we’re here to help you enjoy your spring break to the fullest. If you have any questions or concerns about your braces, please don’t hesitate to contact our office. We wish you a safe and happy spring break!