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Even with your braces, summer vacation is still the perfect time for you to get in some much-needed relaxation or experience some new and exciting adventures. The only difference is that you need to be a little more mindful this time around since all that summer excitement can put some bumps in the road on the way to your new smile if you’re not careful. The last thing you want is to find yourself with a broken bracket or wire in the middle of your vacation that you need to visit Dr. Goodman to get fixed. To make sure that doesn’t happen, we’ve put together this guide to protecting and caring for your braces during the summer, so just follow the tips below!
From frozen popsicles to some sauce-slathered ribs that just came off the barbecue, some of your favorite summer foods and snacks have gone from delicious to dangerous now that you have braces. Biting into something hard like a popsicle, tearing into some barbecued meat, or eating some any sticky foods can put enough force on your braces to break a bracket or bend a wire. When that happens, your teeth will pretty much stop moving until you get them fixed! Just make sure that you’re watching what you’re eating over the summer to make sure you’re not putting your new smile at risk. If you have any questions about what you can and what you can’t eat, just contact us at Goodman Orthodontics and we’ll provide you with a full list.
Whether you’re just kicking back, getting some time in with your favorite hobbies, or traveling the world, it’s easy to get distracted and broken off from your typical daily routine. However, there is one part of that routine that you definitely can’t let fall by the wayside, and that is your oral hygiene. No matter what you’re doing or where you are in the world, always make sure you keep brushing your teeth, flossing, and rinsing to keep your smile free from harmful bacteria and prevent the development of tooth decay. Trust us when we say that you definitely don’t want to have Dr. Goodman take off your braces only to find a bunch of cavities!
Remember that your journey to achieve that new smile is longer than your summer vacation, and to ensure that you need to stay focused on the prize of perfectly straight teeth that lies ahead! While you’re enjoying your vacation, Dr. Goodman and our team are still here at our office working to make sure you and all of our patients have nothing short of perfect smiles. While you may have a few appointments with us scheduled throughout your summer, they are just short check-ups to ensure everything is proceeding as should; a small amount of time to pay so you can have the best smile possible.
Whether you need some helpful tips on taking care of your braces on your travels, or you have questions about what food on the plate in front of you is safe to eat with your braces, don’t hesitate to contact us! A member of our team will be more than happy to help you and give you all the information you may need. If you need to make your summer appointment, just reach out to either of our local offices in Manhattan or Riverdale, NY to schedule your visit. We hope you have a wonderful and fun-filled summer, and we look forward to seeing you in our office for your summer check up!