Summer is a great time to consider orthodontic treatment for children of school age, as summer vacation offers greater flexibility and a chance to adapt to orthodontic appliances. However, summer days are often less structured than days during the school year, so there are certain challenges that may be presented. Vacations and events that are out of the ordinary may throw patients off from their regular routine, so it is important to consider how these things will effect orthodontic treatment.
1. Braces Care
When travelling to new places, it is easy to forget things like toothbrushes and dental floss that are pertinent to braces care. Leaving food debris, acid, and sugar on the teeth overnight or throughout the day can make the teeth much harder to clean, however. When travelling, it may be helpful to make a checklist of things to bring so that you don’t forget. Making a habit of brushing teeth first thing in the morning and after each meal may also help you to keep your routine regular so that your teeth don’t suffer.
2. Orthodontic Appointments
When travelling and attending events, it is easy to overlook orthodontic appointments. Missing appointments can prolong the amount of time that treatment takes, however. If you know that you will be out of town or very busy for a week or longer, make sure to talk to your orthodontist about the time that you will be away so that you can schedule your appointments in advance or otherwise schedule around your plans.
3. Retainer Care
When you have already had your braces removed, it is easy to let yourself slack off on your orthodontic care, especially through summer trips and travels. However, failing to wear your retainer at night or as scheduled may allow your teeth to begin moving back to their original positions, undoing all of the hard work that your braces did. Make sure that you take your retainer with you throughout your travels, maybe keeping it in a special place so that it doesn’t become damaged or get left behind.
4. Food and Beverages
Summer parties are a lot of fun, but there are often many offerings that may not be the best for patients with braces. Soda, corn on the cob, and sweet treats can get stuck between the teeth and braces, possibly causing decay or demineralization. Remember the advice that your orthodontist gave you and be sure to steer clear of foods that may negatively affect your teeth and your smile. There are plenty of tasty options that are okay with braces, so be sure to put your orthodontic care first.
If you’re looking for some new pearly whites this summer, call us at 407-447-9060.