When you think about what you will do during the summer, you typically envision yourself lounging poolside, hanging out with friends, going off on fun vacations, or spending the day at the beach. What you don’t envision yourself doing is visiting the orthodontist to get braces. Surprisingly, if you are in need of braces that may be exactly what you end up doing.
Summers are the best time to get braces, but we don’t expect you to just take our word for it. The following are some reasons why people find it better to get braces during the summer.
More Free Time Available to Schedule Orthodontic Appointments
Getting braces isn’t a “one and done deal” that can be completed in a single appointment. There is a good chance that you will have to visit the orthodontist several times within the first few weeks of getting braces. Scheduling those appointments during the spring, fall, and winter months can be difficult, as you have previous commitments that take up your time. That is why summer is preferred.
People often find that they have more free time during the summer months. Children aren’t in school, sports teams often don’t have regular practice or games, and there are fewer commitments. All this free time makes it easier to schedule regular orthodontic appointments.
Adjusting to New Braces is Easier During the Summer
There is a brief adjustment period associated with getting new braces. During that adjustment period, you will be uncomfortable, talk funny, and even experience some pain. Many people find that it is easier to adjust to new braces during the summer than it is to adjust during the other times of the year.
Adjusting to new braces is easier during the summer for a number of reasons. First, you often have plenty of time to rest and relax. Rest and relaxation is especially important when you are uncomfortable or in extreme pain. When you get braces during the summer, you will be able to rest, relax, and adjust without having to miss school, work, hanging out with friends, taking part in favorite activities, or other previous commitments.
Another reason why adjusting to braces is easier during the summer is because you don’t have to miss out on eating some of your favorite foods. The first few days, or even weeks, after the braces have been placed you will find it difficult to eat normal foods. This causes you to have to eat softer foods.
It is easier to eat softer foods during the summer because you aren’t being tempted by favorite foods and treats. If you were to get braces during the other months, you might miss out on family dinners, holiday gatherings, Halloween, and other occasions where food and treats play a huge role. Getting your braces during the summer, you won’t have to feel as if you are missing out on something by not eating these favorite foods and treats.
Summer Provides Ample Time to Develop a Proper Routine
Wearing braces will force you to alter your day-to-day routine. No longer will you be able to pick up your toothbrush, quickly brush your teeth, floss for a few minutes, and call it a day. You will have to spend considerable time brushing and flossing, which you may not be used to doing.
The summer provides you with the time to devote to creating a proper oral hygiene routine. You will have the time to get used to how long it takes to brush your teeth, floss between the brackets and wires, and fit in multiple cleanings per day.
Establishing a set routine during the summer will help you throughout the year. Once school starts or you return to work, you will be pressed for time and stressed out. By establishing a routine during the summer, you will be more likely to take care of your teeth when you are stressed or don’t have time because they are already a part of your daily routine.
Of course, you can get braces any time of the year, but summer is often the best time as it is easier to schedule appointments and you have time to adjust. If you or your child is considering getting braces this summer, call Reddick Orthodontics to schedule an appointment. The friendly office staff will gladly help you schedule an appointment.