Why Summer is the Best Time for Kids to Get Braces?

Summer is here! Now that Dr. Kurt Kavanaugh is beginning to see more and more non-essential patients and we’re experiencing longer days, it’s the perfect time to set up your child’s orthodontic treatment, traditional braces! There are many reasons why the summertime is the perfect season and best time for kids to get braces. Allow our warm and friendly team to explore these reasons with you, below!

Lighter Kids’ Schedule

Now that the school year is over, your children (and yourself) will begin to experience a lighter schedule. Sure, there may be the occasional summer hobby that they’ve taken on or a class or two that they might’ve signed up for, but these activities just don’t compare with the multiple classes, various reading queues, and mountains of homework that they’re used to receiving during the school year. Now that school isn’t taking up their time during the summer, this is the perfect time to be able to freely schedule their orthodontic appointments with Dr. Kavanaugh during our regular business hours.

Recovery in The Comfort of Their Own Home

Once your child’s orthodontic treatments begin, you’ll learn very quickly that their follow up visits will result in some discomfort in the days that follow their appointments. Tightening dental archwires, placing orthodontic spacers in between teeth, and adding additional rubber bands between brackets can be somewhat painful. If you were to start your child’s braces treatment during the summer in lieu of the fall, instead of having to head straight to class after their orthodontic appointment and trying to concentrate in class when they’d rather be at home, they would be able to go home and relax while dealing with their achy gums and teeth.

Extra Time at Home Frees Up Time For Dental Care

After your child has received braces, their dental care regimen becomes more stringent. Not only do they have to maintain the same habits they did before receiving braces, they will need to add more and adjust some. Instead of brushing once or twice daily, they’ll have to increase their brushing times to once after every meal and once before bedtime. They’ll also have to keep flossing their teeth by using special braces-friendly techniques such as using a water flosser or by using a floss threader. If your child begins their orthodontic treatment during the fall, it will be very tough (though not impossible) to practice and streamline these habits.

We’re Seeing New & Current Patients—So Schedule An Appointment, Today!

Braces are key to making your child’s smile more beautiful and healthier—the most important thing is not at what point during the year your child begins their treatment, but rather that they begin when they are ready to make the commitment and are ready to take on the responsibilities that come with this orthodontic treatment. If you feel you and your child are ready to take this on, start this summer (the best time in our opinion)! Contact our Kansas City office directly at (816) 420-8100 or our Sedalia office at (660) 829-2900 to schedule your appointment, today!