Summer is here, which might mean you’re swapping some indoor activities for more time in the sun. With the rising UV index and fun get-togethers that come with the heat, it might be hard to stay committed to your orthodontic routine. However, it’s more important than ever to maintain your regular appointments and oral hygiene habits to avoid slowing your smile’s progress. Follow these tips to have a great summer with your braces, aligners, or retainers!
Vacationing and camping
If you’re going on vacation or headed to a summer camp, it’s always important to pack the essentials for your appliances. Poor oral hygiene could lead to cavities, discoloration, or extra time wearing your braces or aligners. And forgetting your aligners or skipping a retainer could lead to regression and longer treatment. Be especially mindful of packing the following tools if you are headed somewhere remote:
- Floss and floss threaders
- Orthodontic wax
- Plastic case with your aligners or retainer
- TYLENOL® for potential soreness (aspirin and ibuprofen can impact your treatment)
- Mouthguard for sports
Braces-friendly summer treats
There are many foods that we associate with summer. But not all of them are braces-friendly. If you’re wearing braces, choose soft treats that won’t get stuck in your teeth, such as popsicles, smoothies, or watermelon (be mindful of the seeds!). Avoid all things hard, sticky, or chewy (think: caramel corn, corn on the cob, and hard pretzels). With Invisalign®, you’ll have more flexibility since you can remove your aligners before eating. However, no matter what kind of treatment you’re undergoing, always be sure to brush, floss, and clean your appliances for a healthy smile.
Outdoor orthodontic care
With the summer comes more outdoor activities. If you’re spending hours out in the sun, apply sunscreen to your face and a lip balm with SPF to your lips. Stay hydrated with plenty of water and limit sugary drinks, like Gatorade, lemonade, or soda. If you play sports, like beach volleyball or basketball, wear a mouthguard to protect your teeth and braces. Oral injuries are preventable but can often lead to high dental bills, lots of pain, and broken orthodontic appliances.
This summer, keep up with your normal oral hygiene routine, continue visiting us for appointments, and be mindful of your treatment. Follow these tips, and you’ll be smiling even brighter by the end of the summer! Call our Hutta & Hutta Orthodontics team at 614-423-8177 for questions or to begin your smile journey.