When you think about what you will do during the summer, you typically envision yourself lounging poolside, hanging out with friends, going off on fun vacations, or spending the day at the beach. What you don’t envision yourself doing is visiting the orthodontist to get braces. Surprisingly, if you are in need of braces that may be exactly what you end up doing.
Summers are the best time to get braces, but we don’t expect you to just take our word for it.
The following are some reasons why people find it better to get braces during the summer.
MORE FREE TIME AVAILABLE TO SCHEDULE ORTHODONTIC APPOINTMENTS
Getting braces isn’t a “one and done deal” that can be completed in a single appointment. There is a good chance that you will have to visit your Pediatric Dentist several times within the first few weeks of getting braces. Scheduling those appointments during the school calendar can be difficult, as you have previous commitments that take up your time. That is why summer is preferred.
People often find that they have more free time during the summer months. Children aren’t in school, sports teams often don’t have regular practice or games, and there are fewer commitments. All this free time makes it easier to schedule regular orthodontic appointments.
The end of school also means fewer extracurricular activities, such as academic meetings and sporting events. This creates a more open schedule for both you and your children to schedule appointments with less interference. The first few appointments where we fit your child for braces and ensure everything is established will be longer, and so it’s best to get them out of the way before school resumes. Once school is back in session, we can schedule the speedier, more routine check-ups that won’t interfere as much with your and your child’s schedule.
Get the uncomfortable stage over with before the first day of school.
Not only will summer braces work better for your own schedule, but we find it’s often best for kids who can have trouble adjusting to the new treatment. New orthodontic technologies have minimized most of the physical discomfort of getting braces, but young gums and growing teeth can still feel a bit tender shortly after the initial installation. There’s also the learning curve that comes with braces, such as getting used to eating with them on and learning appropriate cleaning techniques.
Becoming familiar with these aspects at home and under your guidance is a lot easier on kids who are often a bit wary of the treatment. They’ll be able to experiment with soft foods and slowly ready themselves for harder foods. By the time their school is back in session, your child will see their braces as more of a natural extension of themselves and less of a hindrance.
More time to pay attention to your cleaning routine
Braces require you to completely change how you brush your teeth. When you are tired after a day of school and extracurricular activities and homework, you might not have the motivation to actually take the care that is required to properly clean your braces and your teeth. However, during the summer, you have more time in the morning and evening to get into the routine of thoroughly brushing your teeth. You’ll also have more freedom to brush and clean your teeth and braces throughout the day, something you might not be able to do while you are in school.
If you are looking for the best time to get braces, summertime may be the perfect fit for you!