Summertime Tips For Braces Care

Orthodontist serving Stapleton, Denver, Cherry Creek & Nearby Areas of Colorado

Summertime Tips for Denver Orthodontic PatientsSchool's out, and if your child or teen has braces, then it's important to anticipate the little things about summer that can alter the braces routine – namely: sleepovers, vacations and refreshing treats. You can meet these summer obstacles head on with the following:

  • Braces-friendly refreshing snacks. Watermelon, smoothies, grapes and sliced mangoes are great options for braces-wearers, and incredibly refreshing! Ice cream and popsicles are summertime staples, and they are safe for braces, but they should be enjoyed in moderation to avoid cavities.
  • On-the-go dental hygiene kit. It's easy to become lax about brushing and cleaning your braces when you're on a vacation or at a slumber party. But keeping those teeth clean is critical to having healthy, good-looking teeth when the braces come off. Prepare a travel kit – travel-size toothbrush, toothpaste, plus your threaders and floss – that you can easily grab and go.
  • Stick to a routine. Staying up late and sleeping in is often the name of the game during the summer. But it's important to stick to a brushing and flossing routine, and to remember to wear your rubber bands as instructed.
  • Don't chew ice! Ice cubes can definitely bend wires and break brackets. Don't have an iced beverage on a hot summer day without reminding yourself of this fact.

All of these things will help you stay on track to have your braces removed on schedule. Have a great summer! And if you have any questions about your treatment or want to schedule a consultation with Dr. Rudman in Denver, please call Advanced Orthodontic Care at 303-331-0222.