Summer is here, and while you're probably thinking about vacation days and trips to the beach, you may want to consider setting aside some time for your child to get braces. Without the rush to get back to school or an extracurricular activity, summer vacation provides the perfect opportunity for a thorough initial appointment with a New York City orthodontist.

It can take a few days to several weeks to get used to the feeling of braces. During this time, braces will need to be adjusted, which will require more visits to the orthodontist's office. In addition, the most unscheduled orthodontist's appointments typically take place within the first six weeks of treatment. Although not everyone will will need to make emergency or unplanned appointments, it's nice to know that you will not have to disrupt your child's school day.

Some children will also be displeased with the look of their braces. This can have a negative emotional effect on them. It is best for children to adjust to the appearance of their new braces during the summer break, and hopefully when they return to school, they will feel confident and understand the long-term benefit of having this treatment. They may also discover that a friend or two had orthodontic treatment over the summer as well.

Wiring and brackets on teeth will make brushing and flossing a new experience. An orthodontist will teach your child how to do it properly at the beginning, but he or she will need to practice regularly. By the time school begins in the fall your child will know which foods to eat and the proper hygiene techniques to keep his or her teeth looking great.

If you have any questions about braces for children, you should schedule an appointment with an orthodontist today.

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