The Best Time To Start Your Orthodontic Treatment

Why not start getting your children’s smiles in shape this summer? Children, and often adults, have more free time during the summer, so it is a good time to begin the orthodontic treatment that is most convenient for you.

Don’t Miss A Day Of School

Braces require visits every few weeks for adjustments. It is best to begin this process during the summer when you do not have to go to class so that there are no unnecessary absences. Having your first orthodontic appointments during the summer will minimize the number of times you will have to try to fit these visits into your and your child’s schedules during the busy school year.

Get Used To A New Routine

Wearing braces during the summer also gives children time to get used to the new dental hygiene routine, as they do not have to rush to school, complete daily homework, or attend classes or extracurricular activities.

New braces adjustment routines may include new brushing and flossing techniques. Children can take advantage of the extra time during summer vacation to get used to these oral hygiene methods and ensure their smiles are as beautiful as possible when they finish braces treatment.

Views To The Future

Additionally, if we put your child’s braces this summer, appointments for adjustments and follow-ups will also fall during the school holidays. Depending on the length of treatment, we may remove your braces the following summer or during the Christmas holidays of the following year.

Ensure your Child’s oral Health

Regardless of what time of year you start orthodontic treatment, you should keep in mind that braces not only result in a more beautiful smile but also very important health benefits, beyond the purely aesthetic.

Braces can help prevent future oral health problems such as:

·         Cavities

·         Tooth loss

·         Gum disease

·         Jaw problems

·         Abnormal tooth wear

·         Chewing and digestion problems

Therefore, if your child’s dentist has recommended orthodontic treatment, the sooner it is started, the healthier your child’s smile will be!

Why Choose Self-Ligating Braces?

Self-ligating brackets are a technological innovation available at McAllister Orthodontics to facilitate and improve the orthodontic treatment of our patients.

To explain how they work, let’s first look at how traditional braces work. The brackets that are placed on the teeth receive an arch that is held in place with “ties.” These ties can be colored elastic rings in the shape of an “O” or steel rings. These fasteners control the tension of the wire. They are tightened to activate the wire and facilitate tooth movement.

However, self-ligating brackets eliminate the need for ties as they have incorporated specialized clips to hold the archwires in place, which are miniaturized to fit into the base of the bracket. This allows the archwire to move freely within the brackets, making tooth movement efficient and comfortable.

What are Its Advantages?

Small, discreet, easier to clean, fewer visits to the orthodontist… self-ligating braces have it all.

They are smaller and more discreet. Its technology allows the miniaturization of the brackets, making them less visible and more comfortable.

They allow better hygiene. Conventional braces are more susceptible to attracting plaque or causing stains on the teeth. Self-ligating braces are easier to clean. However, remember that brushing is very important whatever the orthodontic treatment.

They reduce treatment time thanks to their efficient tooth movement. The movement of the teeth involves the sliding of the brackets on the arch and vice versa. The elastic bands act like brake pads, slowing down this process. Self-ligating brackets generate less friction when sliding over an archwire, which can speed up orthodontic treatment.

Fewer visits to the orthodontist. Self-ligating braces require fewer adjustments compared to traditional orthodontics, reducing the number of clinic visits.

Beyond Braces

If you want or need to correct the position of your misaligned teeth, you need to undergo orthodontic treatment. This technique corrects the dental structure, from bones to natural teeth. The best-known option is braces, but there are other equally effective treatments.


When we say that there are orthodontic treatments beyond braces, we are referring to devices that do not only consist of placing metal, ceramic, or sapphire brackets on the teeth.

One of these options is Invisalign removable aligners, made with reinforced polyurethane, a transparent plastic material for medical use with exceptional aesthetics, and which is practically invisible when worn.

Devices that Work Perfectly

Another technique that is used is splinting. This type of orthodontics is aimed at improving the position of the jaw so that it closes in a more favorable position and corrects the pathology of the temporomandibular joint (TMJ). For this, caps, cheek and lip separators, palate expanders, or removable retainers are usually used. Each one has different objectives, depending on the problem you want to treat.

All of these devices seek to optimize the position of the jaw, roof of the mouth, teeth, palate, cheeks, lips, or facial arch.

And After Orthodontics?

If you have completed orthodontic treatment, whether with braces or any other type, and you are wondering what comes next, we give you some advice!

You must maintain exquisite care of your teeth from now on. Go to the specialist frequently, undergo exams from time to time, and always brush correctly.

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