There are many factors to consider after your child gets braces. Children have wild imaginations, as the orthodontist and dentist have often been one of many childhood fears. Dr. Tanya Vaysman is a highly qualified and experienced in the orthodontics field, and understands the anxiety many kids may face when she meets with them for an examination.
But there are also four other factors to think of after your child's first orthodontic appointment as well. These include:
- Monitoring the food your child eats: Braces may require you to change your child's diet accordingly. As a parent, you should be aware of what your child is eating hours and days after they are fitted for braces. Monitor your child's intake of sticky foods such as candies or sweets. In addition, never let them chew ice, as this can cause severe damage to teeth and braces.
- Ensuring oral health is kept up with: If your child is at a young age, be prepared to help them with teeth brushing and other oral care after their appointment. Braces only help to straighten teeth. They'll need to continue good oral health practices such as flossing and using child-safe mouthwash as well.
- Stressing the fact they will not be alone: Many children wear braces to correct orthodontic problems. Let your child know that braces are an important part of their overall health and that many kids they see will be wearing them too.
- Understanding there is no real age limit to orthodontic care: Although we recommend a first orthodontic appointment around the age of nine, sometimes kids aren't mentally ready then. Prepare your child beforehand and schedule a consultation so they can ask questions and get a feel for the office.
Schedule an appointment with New York City orthodontist Dr. Tanya Vaysman of KidsBracesNYC to start improving the health of your child's teeth and gums today. For more information visit our website.