Backpacking with braces

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4 Responses

  1. Thanks for sharing this post.

    I had braces for the last year and a half or so. I actually found them to be less trouble on backpacking trips than in everyday life – animals didn’t care that I was a 28-year-old with braces whereas people judge. Or – even if people didn’t judge I would project it.

    The only extra hassle I found from braces on backpacking trips was that they would rub a lot on my lips when they got dry. They also tended to get a extra little cold (I had metal ones, not ceramic) if I would breath through my mouth huffing and puffing up a pass or something.

    • Alice says:

      Thanks, Chris. It’s great to hear about someone else’s experience too.

      I know what you mean about projecting judgement. I expected to get far more comments about the braces than I actually got. The main one I did get was that I looked younger than my actual age (28-29), and I assumed that was part of the sentiment behind the several surprised “oh, you’re hiking this alone?!” comments I got. Who knows, eh?

      I wouldn’t have thought about the cold effect of metal brackets. I didn’t experience that with my ceramics ones or the molar bands, which I am now thankful for. I did get a bracket stuck on my shirt while wiping sweat off my face after a big climb, and that was painful and awkward. And the extra drooling at night made my face a bit grimier.

      Hope you’re getting yours off soon — it’s a wonderful feeling to have it in the past!

  2. Abby Koepp says:

    Hi, today I am leaving for a 4 night trip at Old Rag Mtn. I have braces and these tips are going to be helpful for my survival haha! Thanks a ton!

  3. Mai says:

    Hi there! I’m planning a 3 day hike and I was wondering what you ate (besides jerky lol)? Before getting braces I used to carry muesli bars and nuts, which with braces I cannot eat.

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