SUMMER IS HERE!!!

Hot days, late nights, family fun and loose schedules are sure to be on everyone’s list!

BUT . . . DOES THAT LIST INCLUDE ORAL HEALTH?

Summer fun can make it easy to forget about our oral health. Add to this sugary treats, celebrations with tempting goodies and outside play — and summertime can be hard on our braces and smiles.

This Summer, try these tips to help keep your braces intact and your smile shining!

4 IS THE MAGIC NUMBER: Those wearing braces should brush their teeth FOUR times each day — breakfast, lunch, dinner and bedtime.

WATER IS BEST: Soft drinks, lemonade and sports drinks can quench your thirst, but their contents can damage teeth. Enjoy them in moderation and rinse with water or brush after drinking to get rid of the sugar and acid.

BRACE-FRIENDLY TREATS: Remember to avoid crunchy, chewy, or sticky treats — they lead to certain destruction for braces! Choose summertime favorites like ice cream, jello and fresh fruit.

AVOID THE ICE: It’s easy to chew on ice during hot days, but it’s not brace-friendly. Use ice to chill drinks . . . not as something to eat.

CALL THE DENTIST: Visiting the dentists every 6 months is important for brace-wearers! Give your dentists a call and get a check up . . . before the back-to-school schedules start.

MAKE A TRAVEL SET: Grab a travel size toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, wax and rubber bands to keep handy for vacations, slumber parties and day trips. Need some extras? Contact your local AO office and we’ll be glad to give you more wax and rubber bands!

WEAR A  MOUTH GUARD: Whether on the soccer field, or rollerblading in the park, a properly fitting mouth guard can reduce the chance of even the most common dental injuries by up to 60 times. Need a brace-friendly mouth guard?  Contact your local AO office and we’ll give you one!

ORTHODONTIC EMERGENCIES: General soreness, loose brackets and poking wires can be frustrating and irritating, but rarely require an emergency visit. Click here to find temporary solutions to common issues.

Associated Orthodontists has six convenient locations in Joliet, Plainfield, Morris, New Lenox, Frankfort and Bourbonnais. Please visit greatbraces.com to find a location near you or to schedule a complimentary consultation.