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.

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It is nearly time for summer vacation for many students across the country. If you and your child’s orthodontist have been talking about possibly beginning orthodontic treatment, summer may be the perfect time to get started. Free from some of the regular obligations that the school year brings, summer can give kids a chance to get used to braces, spacers, or other orthodontic appliances.

1. More Flexible Schedule

With the more flexible schedule that the summer allows, it makes it much more convenient to consult an orthodontist if there are issues or concerns after treatment begins. If children need to be brought in to make adjustments or need to attend frequent appointments, they don’t have to miss school and try to make up lessons. Parents have a little more freedom to set up schedules to work around their work schedules, without the additional pressures of working around children’s school schedules.

2. More Time to Devote to Care

During the school year, waking up and getting ready is a hectic rush and bed times must be met to make the next day smoother. This makes it difficult to add in the additional care needed to ensure that braces or other orthodontic appliances are completely cleaned. During the summer, children can take all the time that they need to get used to cleaning their braces, spacers, or other appliances. By the time they start school again after summer vacation ends, the additional care needs will be just a regular part of the daily routine.

3. Less Peer Stress

While it may seem trivial, summer is also ideal for beginning orthodontic treatment because there is less peer stress. Kids can be mean and spacers and braces can cause severe alterations in a child’s appearance-sometimes even large tooth gaps at the beginning of treatment. Removing this additional stress from a child’s treatment period may help them to feel more confident about the process. Allowing them to get used to their own appearance with braces or orthodontic appliances before facing peers again can make a huge difference.

4. Greater Control Over Food

Adjusting to the changes in diet that are dictated by beginning orthodontic care can be difficult when “no-no” foods are served for lunch at school. Kids may be more tempted to ignore the advice of orthodontists and indulge in their favorites when they are readily available. Beginning orthodontic treatment during the summer allows kids to get used to the changes in diet so that they will have more practice avoiding the temptations when offered off-limits foods.

Call an Orlando Orthodontist Today

Summertime is fast approaching, so be sure to begin the process as soon as possible. If you’re in search of an Orlando orthodontist for the summer, call us today to schedule a consultation.