Why is SUMMER the best time for kids to start Braces/Invisalign?

- July 21, 2016

Being a parent myself, I know when September 1st rolls in, my blood pressure rises for all the prep I have to do get the kids ready for school.

If you are a parent reading this, you understand the pressure. We seldom stop to think the pressure on kids during the start of the school year, new teachers, new classroom and may be new friends. Now imagine going back for your first day and along with new friends you have a mouth full of braces. Not that braces have negative connotation anymore but still, wouldn’t you want to make it easier for your child to transition into their first day of school. Here are some good reasons to start braces/Invisalign in the summer:

  1. Scheduling: Without hectic school schedules, sports events, and extracurricular activities, the lazy days of summer are an ideal time to make orthodontic appointments. The day braces/Invisaligns go on is a 1.5 hour appointment and usually a child will have to miss school for this appointmnent. In the summer you don’t have to worry about missing school. Getting braces for your child usually takes at least three appointments: a consultation, the installation, and a follow-up visit.
  2. Comfort: Braces/Invisalign can be uncomfortable at first, and often require some getting used to. Getting over the initial discomfort will be easier for your child if they can relax at home rather than dealing with an aching mouth at school. Eating soft foods at first may make the transition to braces easier, while certain sticky, hard, or crunchy foods will have to be avoided all together.
  3. Cleaning: Your child will not only have to get used to eating with braces on, but they also must learn to be vigilant about cleaning them. You may want to get them an interdental brush and a soft toothbrush with slim bristles, which can squeeze into the spaces between teeth and around braces more easily. You can do all that easier in the summer with flexible days.