Why Summer Is The Best Time To Get Braces
Posted on July 15, 2021
The dog days of summer are here! Your family is enjoying the warmer weather, spending lots of time outside and plenty of time relaxing. While you’re soaking up the sun and enjoying the hazy, lazy summer days, your child’s oral health is likely the last thing on your mind. But, summer is actually the best time for your child to see an orthodontist about getting braces. Here’s why:
More Free Time
In the summer months, when there are fewer events on your calendar, it’s easier to schedule an appointment with an orthodontic practice. You won’t have to worry about fitting the appointment around school, sports practices, or other extracurricular activities. Your child’s first appointment at the orthodontist will be longer than usual and include things like:
• A review of their medical history
• Filling out paperwork
• An oral exam with x-rays
• A consultation about treatment options, like metal braces or Invisalign
• An explanation of financing options and insurance coverage
• A customized treatment plan and scheduling another appointment to begin treatment
The orthodontist will also answer any questions you and your child may have. It will be much easier to fit this longer initial treatment into your schedule during the summer when you have extra free time!
Getting Into a Routine
The average length of time your child will have to wear braces is around 2 years. During this time, an important part of their orthodontic treatment is keeping up with regular checkups. This is so the orthodontist can make any adjustments and ensure that the braces treatment progresses as it should. In the summer months, having a more flexible schedule can help your child get used to this routine.
Time to Get Used to Their Braces
There will be an adjustment period no matter which orthodontic treatment your child has, whether it’s traditional metal braces, clear braces, or clear aligners. If they have Invisalign, they’ll need to get used to wearing the clear trays for 20-22 hours each day. With traditional braces, they’ll need to learn how to properly brush and floss around the metal brackets and adapt to food restrictions. This learning curve will be much easier to get through in the summer months when there’s no stress about homework, studying, or after-school activities.
Keep Smiling All Summer Long
Take the first step toward improving your child’s oral health this summer. Dr. Zamani is ready to help them discover their TruSmile! We use the latest technology and treatment options to create beautiful, radiant smiles for a lifetime. Contact TruSmile Orthodontics today to schedule a consultation!