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.

Braces in the Summer

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.

Even though retainers are used after braces are removed, potential Orlando braces patients should still be well-educated on the purpose and function of retainers before they get their braces. Retainers are critical for keeping the teeth in place after braces have done their job, both short-term and long-term. When patients neglect their retainers, their teeth will more than likely shift back to their original positions – which translates to an enormous waste of time and money!

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What Is a Retainer?

Orthodontic retainers are customized mouth pieces that are worn for certain periods of time after a patient’s braces are removed. Retainers are made for each Orlando braces patient the day that their braces are removed. The process uses a custom mold that fits snugly to the position of their perfect new smile. Wearing a retainer ensures that the teeth do not shift back into their original positions. Have more questions? Click here.

Types of Retainers

There are a few different types of retainers that braces patients can choose from. The most common retainers include Hawley retainers, Essix retainers, and permanent retainers. Hawley retainers are made from plastic with metal clasps that fit snugly around the teeth. Essix retainers are similar to Invisalign, as they are clear plastic trays that resemble mouth guards. Permanent retainers use wires that are fastened to the back of the teeth. Unlike Hawley or Essix retainers, permanent retainers cannot be removed on a daily basis.

Retainer Uses

There are two main uses for retainers after braces: immediately after the braces are removed and long-term use after the initial removal period. When braces are first removed, Orlando braces patients will need to wear their retainers “full-time” for a time period recommended by the orthodontist. This means that they should always be worn, except for when eating and cleaning the teeth. This full-time period typically lasts from a couple of weeks to a couple of months, depending on the patient’s orthodontic condition. After this period, orthodontists often recommend that patients continue to wear their retainer every night for as long as they want their teeth to stay straight – which is forever!

Importance of Retainers

We cannot stress enough the importance of wearing retainers. This is because when braces are initially removed, the ligaments and structures of the mouth have not yet set in place. If the braces patient does not wear a retainer, the teeth will shift back into their original positions. Shifting is not a possibility – it will definitely happen without a retainer! Even after the initial full-time wear period, the teeth may still slowly shift back over the course of the patient’s life. This is why long-term nightly retainer use is typically also recommended.

Want more info on retainers or want so schedule an appointment? Call 407-447-9060.