A child's first visit to the orthodontist can seem scary for them, but with the right information in hand, you can turn the unknown into something more comforting.
Letting your child know exactly what will happen during their visit may help ease some of their wariness. Keep the following four things in mind when explaining what may occur when they meet an orthodontist for their first appointment:
- Be prepared for an initial visual exam: During an initial exam be sure to stress to your child that the orthodontist will place their hand in their mouth. Although this may seem silly, children will often feel more comfortable if they understand what will happen beforehand.
- Diagnostic records: To ensure the complete health of your child is considered, diagnostic records will be taken. These keep track of the state of the mouth before treatment to help create a plan to remedy any issues that are found. This may include photographs and radiographs.
- The orthodontist is their friend: Before meeting the orthodontist, let your child know they can be trusted to help. Some children can be scared of new people, but introducing the idea early on may diffuse some of that anxiety.
- Why it is important: Starting early orthodontic preventative care is a great foundation to lay for your child. Letting them know they have some control over their future health may even calm some of their stress.
If your child has not seen an orthodontist yet, it's okay! Schedule an appointment with New York City pediatric orthodontist Dr. Tanya Vaysman today. KidBracesNYC specializes in pediatric orthodontia, the treatment of children between the ages of six and 19. To ensure optimal jaw growth and development, which affect overall facial aesthetics, making an appointment sooner rather than later is greatly encouraged.
Learn more about the benefits of orthodontic care for your kids, and how to schedule a first consultation, on our website.