Orthodontic Hygiene Tips for Summer Vacations from Britton Orthodontics 

Summer vacations are a much-anticipated time for families to break away from daily routines, seek adventure, and create beloved memories. If your child is undergoing orthodontic treatment, maintaining travel orthodontic care is essential for their oral health.  

At Britton Orthodontics, we want to ensure that your child’s braces maintenance remains effective, even when you're far from home. Here, we share our top tips for keeping your child’s braces clean and intact for a carefree summer vacation. 

The Importance of Braces Maintenance on Vacation
Why is it so crucial to sustain diligent braces maintenance while on vacation? 

  • Prevents Dental Problems: Regular hygiene practices help avert plaque buildup, cavities, and gingivitis. 
  • Protects the Braces’ Integrity: Proper care ensures brackets and wires remain functional and undamaged. 
  • Supports Consistent Treatment Progress: Staying on top of orthodontic care ensures that the treatment timeline stays on track without preventable delays. 
  1. Pack A Travel Orthodontic Care Kit

Before your summer venture, set up an orthodontic care kit to keep your child’s braces in pristine condition, regardless of your destination. 

Essential Items for Your Kit: 

  • Toothbrush: Opt for a travel-sized, soft-bristled toothbrush. 
  • Toothpaste: Pack fluoride toothpaste in a travel-sized tube. 
  • Interdental Brushes: These help clean between brackets and under wires. 
  • Floss: Regular dental floss or a portable water flosser. 
  • Orthodontic Wax: Handy for covering any irritating brackets or wires. 
  • Compact Mirror: Useful for inspecting braces closely. 
  • Mouth Rinse: Carry a small bottle of fluoride mouth rinse. 
  • Pain Relievers: Pack ibuprofen or acetaminophen for any unexpected discomfort. 
  • Lip Balm: To keep lips hydrated and prevent chapping. 

Preparing a comprehensive kit ensures your child is equipped for optimal braces maintenance. 

  1. Maintain a Regular Oral Hygiene Routine

Keeping to a consistent routine is paramount in ensuring your child’s braces remain clean and functional, even while on vacation. 

Morning and Evening Routine: 

  • Morning: Brush thoroughly with fluoride toothpaste, making sure to clean around brackets and wires. Follow with flossing and interdental brushing.
  • Night: Reiterate the morning routine and finish with a fluoride mouth rinse to provide an extra layer of protection. 

Consistency in these practices helps avoid dental problems and ensures the braces stay effective. 

  1. Make Smart Food Choices

Vacations often mean a departure from everyday dietary routines, with an array of tempting treats. It’s essential to guide your child in making smart food choices to protect their braces. 

Foods to Avoid: 

  • Sticky and Chewy Candies: These can become lodged in brackets and are challenging to remove. 
  • Hard Candies and Nuts: Risk breaking brackets or wires. 
  • Sugary Drinks: Can cause plaque buildup and cavities. 
  • Popcorn: Kernels can get stuck in braces, causing discomfort or damage. 

Braces-Friendly Snacks: 

  • Soft Fruits: Berries, bananas, and grapes are gentle on braces. 
  • Dairy Products: Yogurt and soft cheese are excellent choices. 
  • Soft Vegetables: Vegetable sticks such as cucumbers and bell peppers. 
  • Soft Treats: Smoothies, soft granola bars, and non-chunky ice cream. 

Educating your child to choose braces-friendly snacks helps maintain their orthodontic health while allowing them to enjoy their vacation treats. 

  1. Stay Hydrated

Staying hydrated is key to overall health and important in maintaining oral hygiene on the go. 

Hydration Tips: 

  • Drink Plenty of Water: Encourage your child to drink water throughout the day. 
  • Avoid Sugary Beverages: Steer clear of sodas and fruit juices that can lead to plaque. 
  • Carry a Water Bottle: Having water readily available allows a quick rinse after meals if brushing isn’t immediately possible. 

Adequate hydration supports good oral health and helps keep braces clean. 

  1. Handle Orthodontic Emergencies

Orthodontic emergencies can occur despite careful planning. Being prepared to handle these situations is essential for an uninterrupted vacation. 

Common Orthodontic Emergencies: 

  • Loose Brackets/Wires: Use orthodontic wax to temporarily secure a loose bracket until you can visit us. 
  • Poking Wires: Use sterilized nail clippers to trim the wire and cover it with wax for comfort. 
  • Lost Aligners: Carry a backup set of aligners and contact us for further instructions. 

Preventative Measures: 

  • Regular Checks: Encourage your child to inspect their braces daily for any issues. 
  • Emergency Contact Info: Keep our contact numbers handy for quick advice. 

Britton Orthodontics Emergency Contacts: 

  • Alamo Heights Office: (210) 555-1212 
  • Stone Oak Office: (210) 555-1234 

Being prepared for emergencies helps you address minor issues promptly and keep your vacation stress-free. 

  1. Utilize Portable Oral Care Tools

Portable oral care tools make maintaining good oral hygiene with braces more convenient during travel. 

Recommended Travel Tools: 

  • Portable Water Flosser: Provides effective cleaning and is easy to carry. 
  • Travel-Sized Electric Toothbrush: Offers superb cleaning with protective casing. 
  • Compact Care Kits: Pre-packaged kits containing all necessary oral hygiene tools. 

Incorporating these tools into your travel routine ensures your child maintains their braces effectively. 

  1. Schedule a Pre-Vacation Orthodontic Checkup

Scheduling a checkup before your vacation can identify and resolve any potential issues, allowing for worry-free travel. 

Pre-Vacation Checklist: 

  • Inspect Braces: Ensure all brackets and wires are secure. 
  • Adjustments: Tighten, replace, or make necessary adjustments. 
  • Refill Supplies: Stock up on orthodontic essentials. 

A pre-vacation checkup ensures everything is in order and provides peace of mind while you’re away. 

  1. Educate Your Child on Braces Care

Teaching your child the importance of proper orthodontic hygiene empowers them to take ownership of their braces maintenance, even on vacation. 

Key Education Points: 

  • Importance of Brushing and Flossing: Emphasize how important these habits are to protect teeth and braces.
  • Identifying Issues: Instruct them to recognize and report common issues like loose brackets or wires. 
  • Food Choices: Reinforce which foods to avoid and why avoiding them is critical. 

An informed child is more likely to adhere to necessary orthodontic care practices consistently. 


Maintaining orthodontic hygiene during summer vacations doesn’t have to be overwhelming. By preparing a travel orthodontic care kit, adhering to a routine, making smart food choices, staying hydrated, handling emergencies, utilizing portable oral care tools, scheduling a pre-vacation orthodontic checkup, and educating your child, you can ensure your child’s braces and oral health remain in top shape throughout your travels. 

At Britton Orthodontics, we’re dedicated to helping you prepare for an excellent summer vacation. Schedule a pre-vacation checkup at our Alamo Heights or Stone Oak locations to address any concerns and set your child up for successful braces maintenance. Our expert team is here to support your child's smile, whether you're at home or exploring the world. Safe travels and happy smiles! 



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