Even if your children still has primary (baby) teeth, your dentist may recommend they see an orthodontist. Some children are ready for
orthodontic treatment as early as 7 or 8 years old. When they’re that young they may not understand why they need a limited set of braces or an appliance so it is important that, as their parent, you talk them through the process and the benefits of orthodontic treatment.
One benefit your child gets from starting braces is that they gain perfectly straight teeth that will last a lifetime as long as they wear their retainers consistently.
Preparing them for their treatment
Spend some time with your child before their first appointment with the orthodontist to talk through what is going to happen. Talk about what will be done at the appointment and what the orthodontist and assistant will do. If they have already met the doctor and staff and are preparing to have the braces placed, reassure them that everyone will be friendly and the process is easy and painless.
You should talk about how they may feel discomfort the following day (s). The discomfort isn’t uncommon as it is caused by the pressure of the wires. You can reassure them it will only last a few days. Ibuprofen and warm moist heat applied to the outside of the mouth often helps the soreness.
Personalize their braces
A good way to get your child excited for their braces is by letting them choose the color of their rings (ties). The combinations are endless.
You will need to stock up on soft foods for your child to eat after their braces are placed. Foods that require little to no chewing are best for the first few days. Food such as soup, yogurt, mashed potatoes, scrambled eggs and macaroni and cheese are great choices. After two or three days foods that require chewing can be added.
We hope this blog helps you prepare your children for braces. If you have questions about appliances or braces, or would like to schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Hage, contact us at any of our 3 convenient offices.