Top Tips for A Fun Trip

Everyone loves a relaxing summer vacation! No matter if you’re traveling to the mountains for a breathtaking view or to the beach for a little surf and sun, you have to be prepared in a totally different way when you’ve got orthodontia working its magic in your mouth. The best way to make sure you are equipped to take care of your orthodontic work is to construct and pack an “orthodontics kit” and avoid improper, ortho-wrecking foods while away from home.

At Ortho South, we have got you covered—so don’t stress when it comes to vacationing! Simply read on for two handy checklists for great summer travel sure to be kind to your orthodontic work!


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Here is a handy checklist of items to pack in your orthodontics kit for worry-free summer travel:

  • Dental wax for protection against pain from any protruding wires that might occur 
  • Floss to keep up with your daily oral hygiene while away from home
  • Travel toothbrush so you don’t have to bother packing your orthodontic toothbrush
  • Extra elastics so you can continue your treatment without delays
  • Mini bottles of mouthwash for fresh breath wherever you are 
  • Retainers to keep your teeth from shifting
  • Invisalign® Aligners so that you stay on track with your current treatment


Here’s a list of foods to avoid when on vacation to avoid an orthodontic blunder:
  • Hard or chewy candy
  • Corn on the cob (corn cut off the cob is fine)
  • Whole fruits (cut them into bite size pieces before eating)
  • Hard pretzels 
  • Hard cookies
  • Bagels or other hard/chewy breads and rolls
  • Ice cubes
  • Nuts 
  • Sugary drinks
  • Popcorn
  • Hard chips
Now that you have a good idea of how you need to take your orthodontic work on the road, all that’s left to do is to revel in your sweet escape! If you do have an orthodontic accident while away from home, Ortho South has your back Monday through Thursday from 7am until 4pm or when you return.
Just contact us via our website today, or simply call 205-664-4140 to talk to one of our friendly smile experts.
We are always here to help you with any of your orthodontic needs, whether you’re here at home or away on your fun summer vacation!


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