July 12, 2012 • News • Comments Off
PRIOR LAKE, LAKEVILLE AND ST. PAUL, MINNESOTA – School is out for summer, and believe it or not, the summer break is an ideal time to begin orthodontic treatment.
Dr. Trudy Bonvino, who provides invisalign in St. Paul, MN, recently created a list of the top four benefits of starting treatment in the summer.
1. Appointment flexibility
Schedules often become a bit less hectic at our office during the summer because many families go on vacation and children go to camps, which opens up more appointment times, says Dr. Bonvino, a Lakeville and Prior Lake orthodontist.
When it comes to braces for children in Farmington, summer provides more flexibility because they are out of school and don’t have to work orthodontic appointment times around school schedules.
2. Fewer school and sports commitments
No school in the summer means no homework and fewer sports commitments that must be considered when scheduling orthodontic appointments.
3. Placing appliances takes a while
Your appointment when the brackets are placed onto your teeth can take about an hour and a half. This lengthy appointment is much easier to work into a summer schedule than a school schedule.
4. Adjustment period
“Having braces takes some getting used to,” says Dr. Bonvino, who also is also a Farmington braces provider. “Oral hygiene also takes on new meaning. Summertime is a great time to get accustomed to your appliances and taking care of them properly.”
Although there are many benefits to starting treatment in the summer, Dr. Bonvino does have a word of caution about it.
“I would caution parents to not have braces placed on their children’s teeth right before sending them to camp or going on a trip out of town,” she says. “No one wants to be uncomfortable while on vacation, and you certainly don’t want to be in a position of tracking down an orthodontist in an unfamiliar area to fix something that has broken or come loose while out of town.”
We always remind patients and parents that orthodontic treatment is about more than having a pretty smile. It’s about creating a healthy bite, teeth, gums and bones. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children be evaluated by age 7 to determine if early interceptive treatment is needed. Summer is a great time for these evaluations.
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