Welcome to the official Blog for Hook Orthodontics.
We offer comprehensive orthodontic health care services in a caring and friendly environment and specialize in orthodontics for children, teens and adults. We pride ourselves on running a practice, not a business. Dr. Bradley Hook and his caring staff provide one of the highest-rated and most affordable orthodontic treatments on the island of Oahu, Hawaii.
Summertime is the Best Time for Braces
is a wonderful time of the year where families spend their days by the beach,
have backyard barbecues, and schedule visits with their orthodontist. Yes, that’s
right, we said schedule visits with their orthodontist.
If you ask
any teen, they’ll probably tell you that there is no good time to get braces,
however, summertime is actually the very best time to get braces.
1. Time to Adjust
- It’s no secret that getting braces can be pretty daunting to the self-esteem
of a teenager. Giving them a few months to get used to their braces without being
surrounded by their peers at school can make a huge difference in their
confidence overall. Similarly, summer helps teens learn important things about
wearing and caring for their new braces. For example,
proper brushing and flossing techniques.
comfortable (less pain) with braces on their teeth.
2. Time to Break
in the Braces – At Hook Orthodontics our orthodontic technologies minimize most
of the physical discomfort of getting braces, but young gums and growing teeth
can still feel a bit tender shortly after the initial placement and there is
going to be an adjustment period after getting braces. Braces can make talking
and eating difficult. Braces can also initially disrupt sports or extra-curricular
activities like Choir or Band. Summertime is the perfect time to relearn how to
do some of those tasks as trying to relearn these things during the school year
can make getting braces even more stressful than the process already is for most
teens. Plus, being at home will make it easier for teens to deal with initial
discomfort, establish hygiene routines, and have easy access to brace-friendly foods.
3. Fewer Responsibilities
- Unless you have a summer job, you probably will have far fewer responsibilities
than you would during the school year. No homework, no projects, and fewer
sports commitments can make scheduling appointments a lot easier for both teens
and their parents. Being able to start your appointments when you don’t have to
worry about missing class time is a great plan. By the time school starts
again, you will have to see the orthodontist less frequently and can find a
time to make your appointments that does not disrupt your schedule.
4. Easier to Make an Appointment - During the school year, many orthodontists may be overwhelmed
with appointments, making it difficult to start your treatment, especially if
you are trying to get an appointment in the limited amount of time in between
when school is out and when the office closes. During the summer, however, many
offices have more availability, especially because many of their patients may
be traveling or on vacation. Summertime is the best time to get braces if the
orthodontist you are trying to work with is often fully booked.
5. Easier to
Focus on Oral Hygiene - Having a clean mouth is important. It gives you fresh
breath and a nicer-looking smile. Braces require you to completely change how
your brush your teeth as it is much harder to keep your teeth clean with
braces. Food becomes caught in the brackets and between your teeth. When you
are tired after a day of school and extra-curricular activities and homework,
you might not have the motivation to actually take the care that is required to
properly clean your braces and your teeth. However, during the summer, you have
more time in the morning and evening to get into the routine of thoroughly
brushing your teeth. You’ll also have more freedom to brush and clean your
teeth and braces throughout the day, something you might not be able to do
while you are in school.
The best time to complete orthodontic treatment is during a child’s maximum growth
rate. Most kids will grow for short periods and then go into somewhat of a lag
stage until their next spurt. Studies have shown that the greatest of these growth
spurts occur during the long days of summer. While researchers are still
studying the cause, the most likely reason is pituitary gland factors that
relate to the length of the day and increased heat. Whatever the root cause for
this growth spurt, the fact is that it’s ideal to get the process started
beforehand to ensure that your child’s teeth move into their desired positions
while they are growing.
If you think your child may be in need of orthodontic
care, give us a call. If you have any questions or concerns about our practice
or any orthodontic procedures, our friendly team will be happy to assist you
any way we can.
At Hook Orthodontics, we believe in running a practice, not a business. We will provide all the information and recommendations necessary to parents, for making the best decisions they feel is best for their child or themselves. Our staff and Dr. Hook, are always available to answer questions and help you understand every aspect of your orthodontic treatment. If you are unsure about anything, let us know at your next appointment or give us a call with a question, one of our staff members will give you the tools and knowledge to help you understand everything during your treatment.
So, you now have braces! Congratulations, your on your way to a healthier beautiful smile. When you first get your braces, you may notice that your teeth and mouth feel a little tender or sore. This is perfectly normal and we promise your mouth will not be sore forever! Discomfort and soreness is normal especially after receiving orthodontic treatment of any kind. Your teeth may be tender to biting pressure…
You better think real hard and/or get a second opinion before you pay $4,000 and commit 1-2 years for Phase I treatment, then do it all over when all the permanent teeth come in. This Phase II will cost $5,000+. Total cost approximately $12,000. That would commit a parent to take your child to the orthodontist for 3-5 years. That's about 50 appointments. Both parents and kids would be burned out when the REAL treatment is started. No thanks. None of my four children had Phase I. Their treatment was very short and concise.
Even worse would be to spend big money for Invisalign treatment for your eight year old. It is a very cool technology, but with limitations. So peer pressure from other parents and children are going to dictate treatment? Good luck. Your child won't even do their chores and you expect them to wear these things 24/7. Coolness wears off, especially after many years.
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