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Hot Tips for Cool Braces: How to Care for Your Braces During the Summer

Hot Tips for Cool Braces: How to Care for Your Braces During the Summer


Summer is just around the corner, so it's time to get ready for fun in the sun! When it comes to kids with orthodontics, caring for their braces and oral hygiene throughout the summer is essential. Whether diving into the pool, playing sports, or enjoying some snacks, good habits and common-sense precautions can help your child avoid any setbacks with their orthodontic treatment.

Here are some tips to help your child keep their braces safe during summer break.

Stay Hydrated and Healthy

Staying hydrated is essential for overall health, especially during the hot summer. Hydration also plays a significant role in maintaining braces. Drinking plenty of water helps keep the mouth clean and wash away food particles that might get stuck in braces.

Water is the best choice for hydrating since sugary or acidic drinks can damage teeth and braces, leading to complications during treatment. Keep a water bottle handy during all activities to ensure hydration is easily accessible.

With hydration covered, let's move on to some delicious summer foods your child can enjoy without worry.

Summer Foods to Enjoy and Avoid

Summer is a great time to indulge in delicious seasonal foods. However, it's important to choose ones that are braces-friendly. Soft fruits like berries, peaches, and watermelon are excellent choices, since they are easy on braces and provide essential vitamins. Yogurt and smoothies are also great snacks that are gentle on the braces while being refreshing and nutritious. Grilled vegetables are another fantastic option that can be enjoyed without risking damage to braces.

On the other hand, certain foods should be avoided. Hard, sticky, or chewy foods such as corn on the cob, popcorn, and specific candies can cause brackets to break or wires to bend.

Instead of biting into corn on the cob, consider cutting the kernels off to make them easier to eat. For those with a sweet tooth, choose soft treats like ice cream or yogurt over hard candy or caramel to satisfy cravings without risking orthodontic issues.

Along with summer foods come increased physical activities. Next, we'll consider some ways to protect your child's braces during sports and outdoor activities.

Protecting Your Braces During Sports and Activities

Engaging in sports and physical activities is a fantastic way to stay active and healthy during the summer. However, protecting your child's braces while they're having fun is vital. Wearing a mouthguard is crucial for any physical activity since it helps shield the braces from impact and prevents potential injuries to the mouth. Various types of mouthguards are available, including boil-and-bite and custom-fitted options.

For the best protection and comfort, it's recommended to consult with your orthodontist to find the most suitable mouthguard for your child.

Keeping the mouthguard clean and ready for use is equally important. Encourage your child to rinse it thoroughly with water after each use and store it in a ventilated case to prevent bacterial growth. Regular cleaning with mild soap and water or a specialized mouthguard cleaner can help maintain hygiene.

Ensuring your child always has a clean, well-fitted mouthguard can significantly reduce the risk of braces-related injuries during sports and other physical activities.

Even with the best precautions, issues can sometimes arise. Having a plan is key, which we'll explore next.

Handling Common Summer Braces Issues

Summer vacations often mean more time spent away from home. Being away can make it challenging to handle unexpected orthodontic issues. If a bracket or wire becomes loose or damaged while on vacation, it's essential to know what steps to take to manage the situation until you can see your orthodontist.

Encourage your child to avoid touching or playing with the loose bracket or wire to prevent further damage. Carrying a braces care kit can be very helpful in such situations. Essentials like orthodontic wax, floss, a small mirror, and a compact toothbrush can help manage minor issues on the go.

Orthodontic wax can be applied to any protruding wires or brackets to reduce discomfort and prevent irritation to the cheeks or gums. If a wire comes loose, gently push it back into place using the eraser end of a pencil, and cover it with wax if necessary.

In case of an emergency, it's crucial to have your orthodontist's contact information handy. Many orthodontists provide emergency contact numbers or after-hours support lines. Knowing how to get in touch with your orthodontist quickly can give you peace of mind and ensure that any issues are addressed promptly, minimizing disruptions to your child's summer fun and orthodontic treatment.

Now that we've addressed how to handle orthodontic issues and emergencies, let's look at oral hygiene.

Maintaining Good Oral Hygiene on the Go

Maintaining good oral hygiene is vital for keeping braces in excellent condition, especially during the summer when routines change.

One effective way to ensure consistent oral care is to keep a portable dental hygiene kit on hand. This kit should include a toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, and interdental brushes or picks. Encouraging your child to brush and floss after meals, even when out and about, helps remove food particles and plaque that can accumulate around braces.

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Sticking to a regular oral hygiene routine is crucial despite the busy summer schedule. Brushing at least twice daily and flossing once daily should remain a priority.

Using an antimicrobial mouth rinse is also beneficial to help reduce bacteria and maintain fresh breath. If your child has trouble with traditional floss, consider using a water flosser, which can make cleaning between braces and teeth easier and more effective, especially after enjoying summer snacks.

Consistency in oral hygiene will lead to better results and a healthier smile. By making these habits part of their daily routine, even during summer activities, you can help your child maintain their braces and keep their treatment on track.


Summer is a time for fun and relaxation but also a time to remember the essential steps to maintaining braces during all the excitement. By staying hydrated with water, choosing braces-friendly foods, protecting braces during physical activities, handling common braces issues promptly, and maintaining proper oral hygiene, you can ensure your child's orthodontic treatment stays on track.

Enjoy the summer while taking good care of those braces, and don't hesitate to reach out to your orthodontist with any questions or concerns. With some care and attention, your child can spring into a new smile and enjoy a fun-filled summer without any setbacks!

Two of our younger patients getting ready for some fun in the sun!

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