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New York’s Top Rated Orthodontist – Why You Can’t Take a Break from Your Braces While On Vacation

New York’s Top Rated Orthodontist on Vacations – Why You Can’t Take a Break from Your Braces: 
Dr. Richard Schechtman on Caring for Your Braces While on Vacation

With spring break season right around the corner, now is a good time as any to remind you that you still must care for your braces while you are on vacation. While many view vacation as a time to simply ‘not care,’ you have a responsibility to your future smile to make sure you aren’t doing anything to prolong your treatment.

Make sure you keep an essential orthodontic kit with you at all times, even at the beach – if you can bring your phone or tablet, you can bring a small, water-proof bag as well. Your kit should include:

  • A few floss picks, toothpicks, and anything you typically use to clean between brackets
  • A travel-sized toothbrush
  • A mini bottle of mouthwash
  • Orthodontic wax to aid with any discomfort from wires
  • A compact mirror to help with seeing any issues you’d normally use a full-size mirror for

Since you may be gone for a prolonged period of time, without direct access to your personal New York orthodontist, you may want to continue to avoid the foods you are normally advised against eating. You don’t want to lose a bracket or several brackets while you are too far away for a repair appointment. You’ll want to be especially careful for:

  • Any kind of nuts
  • Hard cookies
  • Pretzels
  • Bagels
  • Hard Rolls
  • Corn on the Cob
  • Chewy, sticky, or gummy candies
  • Fruit that is not cut into wedges or pieces

If you use clear aligners, such as Invisalign® Braces, make sure to bring with you the last tray you took off before vacation and the next aligner you’d be using when you get back. If you lose the one you are wearing, you can either use the previous tray or the next tray until you get home.

Unless you want to keep your braces from Dr. Richard Schectman, New York’s Top Rated Orthodontist, on for longer than you need to, make sure to not eat the foods listed (more so than usual) and keep your essential orthodontics kit with you at all times. One last tip – have fun!

Schechtman Orthodontics of Jefferson Valley NY and Purchase NY are the only orthodontic practices in Westchester and Putnam counties in New York (NY) that utilize SureSmile® technology. SureSmile® technology speeds up the braces process by as much as 35%, and provides the most precise treatment. We are also an Invisalign® provider and we offer our patients other alternatives to traditional braces.

Schechtman Orthodontics currently offers a complimentary Schechtman Smile Analysis. Schechtman Orthodontics is Westchester county and Putnam county’s top rated orthodontist for transforming smiles for over 25 years.

Financial considerations should not be an obstacle to obtaining your best smile with braces. We offer affordable payment plans with low monthly installments.

Book your free, no obligation Schechtman Smile Analysis today and start smiling with confidence!


At Schechtman Orthodontics, we want to ensure you are confident with your decision for not only your choice in orthodontic treatment, but also for the orthodontics office in New York you choose to start your braces and orthodontic treatment. To ensure you are completely confident in your decision, we offer a few no-obligation, no-pressure ways to get started!

  1. Find out what the most important aspects are in choosing the right orthodontist in Jefferson Valley or Purchase, NY for you or your child by reading our free report, "The Top 10 Things To Know Before Choosing Your Orthodontist."
  2. Take this assessment to see if Dr. Schechtman is the right orthodontist for you or your family!
  3. Click here to fill out the form to receive your complimentary Schechtman Smile Analysis, a $250 value!
  4. Call 914.962.9600 to speak with a Schechtman Orthodontics team member right away!
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