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Why You Should Get Braces Over the Summer

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.

Greetings, 

We have missed seeing everyone!  We are finally able to go back to work and look forward to seeing all of our patients and their families.  We are in the process of calling everyone who has missed an appointment during our forced office closure to reschedule and get back on track.  We will be working overtime in the coming months to do what we can to help. Unfortunately, our time out of work will delay treatment completion for many and for that we are truly sorry.  Most importantly, we hope this message finds everyone happy and healthy.

The health and safety of our patients, their families, and the community remain our primary focus.  We are taking as many precautions as possible for prevention of spreading COVID-19.  We will remain vigilant with our sterilization and disinfection protocols and we will  be taking additional precautionary measures as well.   If the patient or an immediate family member has been sick in the past two weeks, we ask that you please call us to reschedule the appointment to a later date as a precaution.

To limit the traffic in our building, we will be adjusting to a “parking lot waiting area”.  We will have a staff member come out to each vehicle to greet you and check the patient in.  Please call the office if you are not promptly greeted.  There are some types of appointments that require a parent’s participation, so we ask that anyone accompanying the patient into the office wear a mask or face covering.  We can provide masks if necessary. 

We will only be utilizing half of our operatories to maintain significant distance between patients.  We ask that all of our patients please thoroughly brush their teeth prior to their appointments to limit use of our toothbrushing area.  We have also installed plexiglass barriers between our front desk and the waiting area.  As always, we will continue to be committed to giving each of our patients the best experience possible!

Thank you for your understanding!

The Reddick Orthodontics Team