Orthodontic Hygiene Tips for Summer Vacations from Dr. Mike Mizell 

Young teen with braces enjoying the summer

Orthodontic Hygiene Tips for Summer Vacations from Dr. Mike Mizell 

Summer vacations bring a welcome break from the usual routine, filled with travel, outdoor activities, and joyful moments. However, maintaining good orthodontic care is crucial even while on the go. At Dr. Mike Mizell, Houston’s Trusted Orthodontist, we understand the challenges of balancing fun with your children’s orthodontic needs. We are committed to helping you keep their braces in perfect condition during your travels. 

Why Travel Orthodontic Care Is Essential 

Orthodontic treatment is a continuous process that doesn’t pause, even for summer vacations. Consistent care and maintenance are vital to avoid delays in treatment and prevent any potential issues. Whether you’re embarking on a cross-country road trip, flying to a tropical destination, or exploring your local area, following these tips can ensure your child’s orthodontic plan stays on track. 

Pre-Travel Preparations 

Being well-prepared is the first step in ensuring seamless orthodontic care during your vacation. Here’s how to get started: 

  1. Schedule a Pre-Travel Appointment

Before heading out on your summer adventure, consider booking a visit to our office at: 

  • Mike Mizell Orthodontics: 7700 San Felipe, Suite 250, Houston, Texas 77063.
    Phone: 713-781-5548 

A pre-travel checkup allows us to address any concerns and ensure everything is in order. We can also provide specific advice tailored to your travel plans and your child’s orthodontic needs. 

  1. Prepare a Comprehensive Orthodontic Travel Kit

Assembly of an all-inclusive travel kit can save you a lot of hassle. Ensure it contains: 

  • A travel-sized toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste. 
  • Orthodontic wax to prevent irritation. 
  • Interdental brushes and floss or a floss threader. 
  • A compact mirror for on-the-go checks. 
  • Extra elastics if prescribed. 

Maintaining Braces and Oral Hygiene on the Go 

Keeping up with oral hygiene while traveling can be challenging, but it’s crucial for your child’s dental health. Incorporate these practices into your travel routine: 

  1. Stick to Their Daily Routine

Maintaining a consistent brushing and flossing schedule is key. 

  • Brush After Meals: Make sure your child brushes after every meal, using a travel-sized toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste. Emphasize the importance of cleaning all surfaces, including around brackets and wires, for at least two minutes. 
  • Floss Regularly: Even on vacation, flossing should be part of the daily routine. Use a floss threader if necessary to get between braces and teeth. 
  1. Stay Hydrated

Good hydration is not only vital for overall health but also helps maintain a fresh and clean mouth. 

  • Drink Plenty of Water: Encourage your child to drink water frequently, especially after meals, to help rinse away food particles and bacteria. 
  • Limit Sugary Beverages: Avoid sugary and acidic drinks that can harm enamel and increase the risk of cavities around braces. 
  1. Eat Braces-Safe Foods

Vacation often comes with indulgent snacking, but it’s important to be mindful of food choices. 

  • Avoid Hard and Sticky Foods: Steer clear of popcorn, nuts, hard candies, and sticky sweets that can damage braces or get stuck in them. 
  • Opt for Soft and Nutritious Snacks: Choose braces-friendly snacks like yogurt, cheese sticks, apple slices (cut into small pieces), and smoothies. 

Handling Orthodontic Emergencies on Vacation 

Even with the best preparation, emergencies can occur. Here’s how to manage common orthodontic issues while traveling: 

  1. Loose or Broken Brackets

Brackets can sometimes become loose or break. Here’s what to do: 

  • Use Orthodontic Wax: Apply wax over the bracket to prevent it from irritating the mouth. 
  • Contact Mike Mizell Orthodontics: Call us immediately for advice on whether immediate treatment is needed. 
  1. Poking Wires and Discomfort

Poking wires can cause significant discomfort: 

  • Adjust Gently: Use a clean spoon or the eraser end of a pencil to gently push the wire back into a comfortable position. 
  • Apply Wax: Place a small amount of orthodontic wax on the protruding part to minimize irritation. 
  1. Lost Rubber Bands

Losing rubber bands is common: 

  • Pack Extras: Always carry extra elastics in your orthodontic travel kit. 
  • Replace Promptly: Promptly replace any lost rubber bands to continue the treatment without interruption. 

Enjoying a Stress-Free Vacation with Orthodontic Care 

A well-prepared travel plan can help keep your child’s orthodontic treatment on track and ensure they enjoy their vacation without any stress related to their braces. 

  1. Plan for Regular Brushing and Flossing

Find time during your daily travel routine for brushing and flossing to become a priority: 

  • Keep a Routine: Maintain a consistent routine, ensuring that brushing and flossing happen twice daily. 
  • Make It Fun: Turn brushing into a fun activity with travel-friendly music or a brushing app. 
  1. Pack Orthodontic Essentials

Never underestimate the power of packing: 

  • Essentials Only: Focus on the essentials to avoid overpacking but ensure you have what you need. 

Encouraging Orthodontic Hygiene Through Fun Activities 

Keeping your child motivated to maintain their orthodontic routine is essential. Here are some ways to make it more engaging: 

  1. Orthodontic-Friendly Recipes

Create enjoyable and braces-friendly treats that your children will love: 

  1. Fresh Fruit Smoothies

Smoothies are perfect for a refreshing and nutritious snack: 

  • Ingredients: Blend frozen berries, bananas, Greek yogurt, and a splash of apple juice or milk. 
  • Instructions: Blend until smooth and enjoy immediately. 
  1. Yogurt Parfaits

A delightful snack that’s gentle on braces: 

  • Ingredients: Layer Greek yogurt with honey, soft fruits like blueberries and raspberries, and granola. 
  • Instructions: Assemble and enjoy. 

Scheduling a Checkup Before School Starts 

Booking a dental checkup before the new school year begins ensures your child’s orthodontic treatment stays on schedule. Here at Dr. Mike Mizell Orthodontics, we aim to make your visits as convenient as possible. Schedule your appointment today at: 

  • Address: 7700 San Felipe, Suite 250, Houston, Texas 77063 
  • Phone: 713-781-5548 

A back-to-school checkup allows us to review your child’s progress, make necessary adjustments, and provide guidance on continuing their orthodontic care during the busy school months. 


Maintaining orthodontic hygiene doesn’t have to be a daunting task during summer vacations. With a bit of planning and the right strategies, you can ensure your child’s smile remains healthy and bright, even while traveling. At Dr. Mike Mizell, Houston’s Trusted Orthodontist, we are here to support you every step of the way. 

Remember, good oral hygiene and regular orthodontic care are essential, no matter where your adventures take you. Schedule an appointment with us today and keep your child’s orthodontic treatment on the right track. Have a wonderful and safe summer! 


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