Summertime is full of smiles, but if you feel self-conscious about your grin, it can be harder to enjoy the sunshine and free time. Dr. Joe Dietrich and his team want you to enjoy every moment, so we use braces to transform smiles and boost confidence for patients of all ages in Canton, Alliance, and beyond!
For many of us, summer comes with a break from the busyness of day-to-day life. School is out, vacations are scheduled, and you can make time to get the smile you deserve. Keep reading to learn how (and why!) to get your summer smile with Dietrich Orthodontics.
Extra flexibility in your schedule
One of the best things about summer is the relaxed schedule it brings. There are no chaotic mornings or after-school activities, and the longer days leave you with extra hours after work to enjoy doing what you love. That additional flexibility makes this the perfect time to schedule all kinds of appointments you’ve been putting off, including an orthodontic consult!
Your initial consultation in our Canton or Alliance office will take about an hour, giving us plenty of time to do an exam, discuss your concerns, and answer any questions. Dr. Dietrich will also use this time to walk you through your diagnosis and customized treatment plan.
If you schedule your free consultation for earlier in the summer, you can start your braces journey with plenty of time to spare before school starts and things get hectic again.
Additional time to adjust to your treatment
Braces apply pressure to your teeth to shift them into straighter positions so it can take some time to adjust. The brackets and wires can cause mild discomfort at first, but most patients adapt to this within a couple of weeks.
Starting orthodontic treatment in the summer will give you plenty of time to adjust to your new appliance. Without the demands of a busy schedule, you’ll be able to devote extra attention to developing a good dental hygiene routine around your braces and get used to avoiding certain foods. By the time school supplies start appearing on store shelves, you’ll be well on your way to a happier and healthier smile.
Take advantage of a child’s natural growth spurts
If you’re looking into orthodontic treatment for your child, there’s some actual science in us claiming summer is the best time to begin orthodontic treatment! Children will have a growth spurt, then go into a “rest period” until the next spurt.
Studies have shown that these growth spurts happen most during the summer, which researchers believe is likely to involve the pituitary gland responding to the longer days and increased temperature.
It just so happens that the most optimal time for straightening teeth is during their maximum growth period, too! Whatever the exact reason, summer presents the perfect opportunity to move a child’s teeth efficiently and effectively.
You’ll need to be careful with your braces and avoid certain snacks while you straighten your smile. Crunchy and sticky foods can break brackets and warp wires, so these need to be avoided until treatment is complete.
Getting braces at the start of summer will you time to adjust to your diet to accommodate your oral appliance. That means you’ll be in a routine by the time you go back to your regular schedule.
To keep your teeth and gums in tip-top shape, brush after every meal for two minutes each time and floss each night before bed. If you aren’t able to brush right away, rinse your mouth with water a few times to remove some of the debris, then brush as soon as you can. This will help prevent cavities and gingivitis, ensuring the best results once your treatment is complete.
Start your summer smile transformation with Dietrich Orthodontics
The total time you’ll need braces will depend on your unique case, but the average treatment ranges from 12 months to three years. If you get started this summer, you could have a beautifully straightened smile next summer!
The long and lazy days of summer are free from a lot of our stress during the school year. With extra hours and a more relaxed schedule, it’s one of the best times to get started on your smile journey!
Dr. Dietrich and his expert team work hard to provide families throughout Canton and Alliance with a rewarding and stress-free experience all year long! If you’re ready for a smile transformation this summer, get in touch to schedule your FREE consultation with our office today.