If you’ve been thinking about getting braces for yourself or your kids, summer is a great time to begin orthodontics treatments.
At Duval Orthodontics with offices in Albany and Warner Robins, Georgia, J. A. Duval, DDS, and our skilled care team provides comprehensive braces services to improve the appearance of your smile and your overall oral health. Dr. Duval is certified and highly experienced in customizing an orthodontics treatment plan that works best for you.
When to consider braces
As an adult, you might want to consider scheduling a consultation for braces if you’re unhappy with the look of your smile because of common dental flaws like:
- Cross bite
- Crooked teeth
- Crowded teeth
- Gapped teeth
Braces can also help realign your teeth, so it’s easier for you to brush and floss and to relieve jaw discomfort or pain.
Children may need braces if they have noticeably crooked or crowded teeth or if their teeth don’t come together properly when their mouth is shut.
Our dental team performs comprehensive exams to determine if braces are the best option for your treatment. The American Academy of Orthodontics recommends that children should have their first orthodontic evaluation by the age of seven. This is because early treatment can reduce risk factors for shifting teeth and dental pain.
3 reasons why you should get braces in the summer
Anyone needing braces can benefit from getting them at any time — even as an adult. However, summertime has some advantages for people, especially children, who need braces.
Here are three reasons why summer is a great time to get started on your journey to a perfect smile:
1. Time for growth
Interestingly, many kids go through their biggest growth spurts during summertime. Getting braces at the time of growth helps ensure that your child’s teeth will properly shift into alignment.
Dr. Duval can determine when’s the best time to start orthodontic treatments for young children. He bases his decision on your child’s age, their dental health, and the goals for treatment.
2. Easier transitional period
While today’s braces are more effective and more comfortable than braces of the past, you can still expect to go through a transitional period. Your mouth and tongue must adapt to the braces. Since children typically spend more time at home during the summer, getting braces during that time can make the transitional period easier.
Getting used to your braces while you’re at home can be more comfortable. You and your kids also get time to learn how to eat and speak with braces before you have to go back to school or work.
3. No lost days from school
The initial weeks after you get braces, it’s common to need some adjustments to improve your comfort. We often encourage patients to start their orthodontic treatment during the summer because it's easier to schedule follow-up appointments without missing out on school days.
Additionally, kids who need time to get used to wearing braces may not feel well enough to go to school in the weeks after their treatment starts. Kids home for summer vacation won’t have to miss classroom time while they’re still adjusting to life with braces.
Stop putting off an orthodontic consultation and call Duval Orthodontics today to learn how braces can work for you.