Summer Braces Care Guide

Summer Braces Care Guide
Posted on 07/19/2021

Summer is finally here! With all the fun summertime events, including swimming, barbeques, and county fairs, there’s so much to do! Traveling is also a big component. If you and your family are planning to travel this season, it’s important as an orthodontic patient to keep up with your basic care routine so that your treatment isn’t interrupted. At Heller Orthodontics, we have tips for you to help you stay on track.

Tips to Stay on Track

We know how busy summer can be, but these tips can help you stay on track with your treatment. That way, by next summer, your teeth will be straight as new!

  • Prepare a travel kit- Keep a small bag of care items you need for your braces. Pack items like fluoride toothpaste, a soft-bristled toothbrush, and floss or a Waterpik. Put all the items you need in a small bag, then toss them in your purse, backpack, or suitcase so it’ll be easy to access anytime you need it!
  • Wear a mouthguard for sports- Wear a mouthguard if you or your child are planning to play any contact sports, such as football and soccer. A properly fitting mouth guard can protect you from dental injuries.
  • Eat a healthy diet- We know how hard it is to stay healthy, especially in the summer when there are indulgences everywhere! Just make sure to do so in moderation. Sugar can cause cavities, so it’s important to choose healthier options, such as fruit and unsweetened yogurt. Overall, keep a balanced diet regularly. Also, avoid foods that can break your brackets.
  • Protect your lips from the sun- Part of caring for your oral health is making sure your lips are protected. Don’t forget to apply sunscreen on your lips! This helps to protect them from the sun’s harmful rays and reduces the risk of skin cancer.
  • Use a straw- If you are thinking of drinking something sugary, such as soda, juice, or sweet tea, drink through a straw! This will minimize the beverage’s contact with teeth, reducing the risk for cavities. To be eco-friendly, use a reusable or paper straw.
  • Don’t chew on ice- In the hot summer months, we know it’s tempting to chew on ice. However, it’s hard on your teeth. Use ice only to chill drinks.
  • See your dentist & orthodontist this summer- Make an appointment with your dentist and orthodontist! Make sure your teeth are cleaned and checked by your dentist. Also, see your orthodontist so they can check your progress.

See Us This Summer!

We are ready to see you this summer! At Heller Orthodontics, we strive to provide high-quality orthodontic care to patients of all ages. If you’re thinking about a starting treatment or in need of a check-up this summer, contact us! We are here to answer any questions or concerns you have. This summer is the perfect time to get help with your oral care needs. Our offices are located in Bethesda, Laurel, and North Potomac MD.

Heller Orthodontics

  • Bethesda Office - 4350 East West Hwy. Suite 120, Bethesda, MD 20814 Phone: (301) 654-5433 Fax: (301) 657-8403
  • Laurel Office - 9811 Mallard Drive Suite 201, Laurel, MD 20708 Phone: (301) 490-2882 Fax: (301) 490-2882
  • North Potomac - 12116 Darnestown Rd. Suite L1, North Potomac, MD 20878 Phone: 301-258-7477

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