• 5 Reasons Why Summer is the BEST Time for Braces!

  • Summer brings to mind many images of fun travel plans, lazy days by the water and freedom from the demands of everyday life. You know what summer is great for too? Finally getting those braces that you’ve been putting off! We fully respect your much needed time for some serious chill time this summer, but if finally getting around to seeing what can be done to straighten your smile is on your “To Do List,” then get ready to cross it off. Summer is the best time to start your orthodontic treatment. Here are a few reasons why starting braces during the summer or, at least, coming in to Columbia Orthodontics for a consultation, is a great idea:

    1. Removal of plaque and tartar

    With summer comes lots of BBQs and parties that always have lots of sweet treats. Those sugary substances love to glob onto your teeth and build upon plaque and tartar, eventually causing cavities! When you have your braces put on, we’ll do a thorough cleaning to remove plaque and tartar that has built up. This will let the braces stay put better – and get rid of a nesting ground for sugary and bacteria to grow. You will need to be extra vigilant in cleaning your teeth with your braces since it’s easy for food particles to get stuck inbetween the brackets, wires, and your teeth. We will go over some tips on how to clean around your new braces and recommend that you still see your dentist twice a year.

    2. Time to adjust

    Whether you’re out for summer break, or have a nice vacation planned, summer is a great time to break away from the norm and try out something new. With this extra time you will be able to adjust to your new braces. Some patients experience some sensitivity at first. Who wants to be stuck in a classroom or meeting while your teeth are hurting? Take some time off to get used to your new braces.

    3. Develop the right cleaning procedures

    There is nothing worse than having a piece of food stuck in your teeth all day and no one says anything to you about it. During the summer, you have time to really understand what works best and become a professional with the right cleaning techniques.

    4. Summer color combinations

    Just because you have braces does not mean you have to evade the camera. Sport your new grill and enjoy the color combinations according to the color that you wear most. If you do not feel particularly bold, there are always neutral colors. The choice is always yours!

    5. WOW factor

    Going back to school or work after vacation with a new grill is a fun way to mix things up! Whether or not you want the attention, you’ll get people talking and thinking about their own orthodontic needs. Many people feel insecure about their smiles, but with a little tweaking your perfect smile is just around the corner!

    This summer start down the path to get the confidence smile you deserve! You probably still have questions, and we are here to help. Give us a call at (360) 883-3800 to set up an appointment. Your new smile awaits!