Children are naturally curious, asking questions about things they may already know, that they know nothing about or somewhere in between the two. As children lose their baby teeth and adult teeth grow in, problems such as crowding, overbite or large spacing between molars can arise. 

Scheduling your child for their first orthodontic checkup early on, especially if any of these issues are present, is an important step to keep in mind. Delayed care may only service to further irritate the issue, causing more complications in the future. 

Let your child know he or she is going in for an orthodontic appointment and encourage them to air questions or concerns beforehand. Keep the following questions and answers in mind during this time for a better experience for both you and your child.

  • How long will I have to wear them for?

For most children, braces are worn for anywhere between 18 to 30 months but can vary patient-to-patient based on their needs. If explaining braces in years seems daunting, try explaining it in terms of a child's favorite holiday or birthday instead. Ease any fears by letting them know they won't have to wear them forever, even if a year or two feels like forever to them.

  • What do braces actually do?

Braces simply move teeth into their correct space in the mouth by gently applying pressure. This is most often done through a combination of brackets, rubber bands and wires, but can also be done with Invisalign. When children know exactly what will happen in their mouth, chances are they may not be as apprehensive when the appointment day comes. 

  • Will it hurt to have them put on?

Children will experience mild pain when they are first fitted, and it's better to let them know this ahead of time. Teeth may be sore for a day or two, but the pain will fade with time.

For your child's first or next orthopedic check-up, schedule an appointment with Dr. Tanya Vaysman of KidsBracesNYC today or visit our website for more information.