Orthodontics in the Summer

While the thought of getting braces for your child this summer might not have crossed your mind, the season is the ideal time to do so. You have greater flexibility with appointments and your son or daughter won’t need to miss any important instruction time at school. At Great Lakes Dental, we encourage you to schedule an orthodontist appointment soon before our schedule fills up for the summer.

When is the Ideal Time to Get Braces?

Kids can start with orthodontic treatment a lot sooner than you might think. According to the American Society of Orthodontics, all kids should have a comprehensive exam by an orthodontist around the age of seven. Although this might seem early, it gives us the chance to see how your child’s teeth are coming in and whether he or she might need braces in the future. If so, we carefully monitor your child’s teeth for a few months before starting treatment. Your child's dentist will recommend the ideal time to start treatment, which is usually between 10 and 14.

More Time to Establish a New Oral Healthcare Routine

Besides the flexibility of appointments, summer offers your child more time to adjust to wearing braces and to get into a new routine of caring for them. The alarm clock rings early during the school year, which means that kids sometimes don’t even leave themselves enough time to brush their teeth. With braces, our dentists recommend brushing and flossing the teeth three times a day. Since people without braces usually only brush and floss twice a day, it can take a while to get used to this new routine.

It’s important to avoid certain foods while wearing braces, such as sticky candy or very hard foods. The summer months give your son or daughter more time to get used to these restrictions without the experience of breaking a bracket or band in class. By the time the school year starts, your child should have a good head start on brushing, flossing and eating carefully.

Schedule a Consultation Today

If you’re concerned about crooked or misaligned teeth in your child, contact us today to request a consultation. We look forward to helping your child improve his or her smile and oral health.