A misaligned jaw, a crooked bite, and/or overlapping or faulty spaced teeth can all be problematic for a child’s oral health and the way in which they chew their food and speak.
Because anywhere from one fourth of children to half of all children require some type of orthodontic-related treatment, deciding the right time to schedule that appointment is important, and that time just so happens to be summer.
So, why should your child get braces during the summertime as opposed to any other time throughout the year?
Braces in general are a tough adjustment for many kids, making it a great time to get used to the look and feel of their new set of braces.
In many ways, getting used to braces is not always easy for kids, unfortunately. Some are embarrassed of the way they look and may at first feel nervous if their peers find out about their set of braces.
Others simply need the proper time to get used to the different feeling and soreness braces have to offer.
While most kids instantly get used to their braces and aren’t bothered by the mild soreness of their mouth, others struggle to properly eat at first or may deal with oral inflammation or sores as their mouth gets used to the braces.
However, giving children a chance to absorb such a change is important for children. Once they become adapted, they will feel more than confident to return to school for a new school year.
Plenty of extra time off during the summer makes for easy appointments.
Being on summer vacation and having plenty of free time on their hands, children can attend their orthodontist appointments with no problems. At first, having braces put on by an orthodontist may require a few appointments just for the initial steps.
Depending on the type of braces and if any other dental devices are required before or alongside braces, it’s not unlikely that kids may have to attend a couple of appointments before their full set of braces are put on.
Often times, orthodontists will just put one half of the braces on first, either on the top or bottom, and then put the other half on at another appointment.
This allows kids to get used to the soreness and feeling of wearing braces as well as getting used to eating with them.
It’s also important to keep in mind that if any braces-related problems arise, such as loose or broken braces parts or sores caused by the braces if the were not put on properly (ie. bent pieces of metal, wires that are too long, ect.), children will require “emergency” orthodontist appointments to fix these matters.
For this reason in particular, having more free time over the summer allows for such special visitations, and they won’t have to miss class for these visits being that they’re on summer vacatio.
Children will have plenty of time to develop an oral hygiene routine for their newly-braced pearly whites.
For many kids, learning how to upkeep their oral health routine is like starting all over from scratch once they get braces.
Braces require more thorough brushings, different ways of flossing with special oral tools or devices designed just for braces, and even provide specific care when it comes to dealing with inflammation, infections, sores, and wounds caused by wires on the braces that may not have been cut enough by the orthodontist.
With plenty of time over summer to get used to this, things become easier for the child.