Benefits of Summertime Orthodontic Treatment

Benefits of Summertime Orthodontic Treatment
Posted on 07/17/2017

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With summer vacation in full swing, we know kids are enjoying great weather, freedom, and fun. But while you may not have thought about it, summer is actually the perfect opportunity for starting orthodontic treatment. Many of our patients begin their journey towards a new smile in the summertime, giving them plenty of time to adapt to their new appliances and eager to show their friends in the upcoming school year. At Tilghman Orthodontics, we want our patients to enjoy their orthodontic journey, and below you'll find out why we believe starting treatment this month or next is a great idea.

Appointment Scheduling

During the summer, kids have much more free time, as they're not bogged down by homework and extracurriculars. We know how difficult the school weeks can be, as you may struggle to find time for family activities and dinners. This can be very helpful, particularly at the start of orthodontic treatment. Not having to plan around the school day gives you much more flexibility in appointment scheduling, helping your child get started with treatment quickly and easily.

Summer is our busiest time, so just be sure to give us a call or book an appointment online as soon as possible!

Time to Adjust

Whether your child is getting braces or Invisalign, orthodontic treatment usually takes some time to adjust to. While braces don't "hurt," there's often a feeling of soreness and a slight effect on speech for the first week of treatment or so. Getting braces during the summer gives patients time to adjust to their appliances, so by the time they're back in school to see their friends again, they're proud to flaunt their smile!

Discovering Braces-Friendly Meals & Snacks

Generally, your teen will need to avoid certain foods to protect braces and keep teeth healthy, steering clear of overly crunchy, hard, sticky, gooey treats. In school, this can be harder to do, as cafeterias often offer limited choices – but at home, you can put together braces-friendly snacks and meals to make eating right for braces easy.

We also put together a great blog about Healthy Summer Treats for all of our braces-wearing patients. And for back to school lunches, check out our blog about Braces-Friendly Lunches

Schedule a Consultation with Your Sussex County Orthodontist!

Summer is the perfect time to get started with braces, and whether you live in Salisbury, Berlin, Rehoboth Beach, or anywhere else in Sussex County. Feel free to call us at 410-742-4813 if you have any questions or are just ready to get started. You can also request a consultation appointment online at our Salisbury or Berlin office. We're excited to start your child on the wonderful journey of orthodontic treatment!