Being fitted for braces can be a daunting experience, especially for a child. Although the procedure can be painful at times, wearing the braces and seeing no results, or ending up with less than perfect teeth can be just as bad. Children receive orthodontic care to remedy an issue, not to create new problems in the future.
Keep these four tips in mind for optimal orthodontic care for your child:
- Ensure that they know they're not alone: Multiple studies have reported that anywhere between 50 and 70 percent of kids in the U.S. will wear braces at some point in their lives. Getting braces may make your child feel self-conscious about their looks, especially during the pivotal teenage years. Let them know that even if they don't have them now, many of their peers will have braces soon too.
- Make sure they understand cleaning rituals: Having a solid teeth cleaning routine is essential for those that wear braces, especially during the first few months. Food can easily get stuck in braces and some may even have to become off-limits. Be sure your child has both brushing and flossing down pat for optimal results.
- Take medicine if necessary: Kids usually don't do well with pain, and that's okay. Let them know that you're there for them if they need anything right from the beginning.
- Watch what he or she eats: Wearing braces has the potential to completely change a child's diet if they're a lover of chewy, sticky or even hard foods. Monitor what they eat, and if something has to be eliminated, find a replacement for them.
If you believe your child may need braces or hasn't seen an orthodontist yet, schedule an appointment with Dr. Tanya Vaysman of KidsBracesNYC today.