If your child is afraid of the orthodontist, they're not alone. Kids begin to fear instances easily, something as simple as a scary commercial or overheard conversation between parents can cause a nervous reaction, even in the future.

Taking your little one to the orthodontist is essential for their overall health and wellness, but dragging him or her there without explaining what may happen can be even worse.

What are some of the most common fears kids may suffer from? This answer varies, but usually includes a dislike of the long white coat, a fear of the tools near the chair and being hurt.

Before making the first appointment, keep the following three tips in mind:

  1. Consider visiting the orthodontist office first: Before the actual appointment, consider scheduling a pretend appointment. This will give your child the opportunity to meet the orthodontist, view the office and ask any questions that may arise. This will also give your child a better sense of control, and as fear is often created by instances outside of the real of control, it will make all the difference.
  2. Keep it simple: Explain why your child must visit the orthodontist and ensure him or her that you will be there with them every step of the way. Don't mention the words "pain" or "needle," but don't lie either. Finding the balance between the truth and some sort of sugar coating will vary situation to situation.
  3. The importance of treatment: Kids are curious, and as such, will often want to know why they must visit the orthodontist. Similar to a family doctor or other caretaker, cleaning the checking the teeth is an important part of overall health. Be sure your child understands why he or she needs treatment for a knowledgeable, relaxed atmosphere.

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