Orthodontist in Deptford Township
When first finding out, they’ll be getting braces, and your child likely will have many questions. Some kids might be excited and see orthodontic appliances as a rite of passage for a beautiful smile. In contrast, others may be nervous or embarrassed to have a mouthful of metal. They also might not be too keen that they’ll have to avoid certain foods during treatment.
Each question is valid; we get it from teens and their parents in our practice. What we have found in most cases is that kids are afraid of the unknown. At My Orthodontics in Deptford, we recommend parents ease their nerves and help their children understand what to expect. By preparing your children emotionally for braces and Invisalign, you’ll be surprised that some can even get excited about their future with orthodontics.
#1 Learn About Braces Together
Let’s be honest; getting braces can feel overwhelming for children, teens, and adults. The first step to preparing for braces is learning everything before treatment starts.
Learn about the changes that will have to be made, from the foods they need to avoid to the activities they might have to sit out. After thorough research and a clear discussion of what is expected, you will all feel more equipped for a life with braces.
#2 Let Them Know They’re Not Alone
Not many people are thrilled about getting traditional braces because they think they’ll be the only ones they know going through it. But chances are they already have several friends or classmates with braces. An estimated 80% of teens will have some orthodontic care.
Reminding your kids that they are not the first person to get braces can help them get more comfortable with the idea. If you wore braces, share your experience with them and how it improved your oral health. Tell them about all the celebrities and athletes who had braces—for instance, Christiano Ronaldo, Venus Williams, Beyonce, and Tom Cruise. Once they see how braces are standard for everyone, they’ll feel better about their treatment and excited about a healthy smile.
#3 Plan Ahead for Discomfort
There is discomfort with orthodontic treatment as the teeth shift and move to their desired position. Traditional metal braces can cause additional irritation to the inside of your child’s mouth. Have orthodontic wax, mild painkillers, and even some Oral Gel on hand when the teeth and jaws get sore.
If the brackets are poking into your cheeks and causing sores, place orthodontic wax over that part of the braces to reduce irritation. Being proactive about managing discomfort will ensure a much more positive experience.
#4 Stock up on Soft Foods
Many foods must be avoided when you have braces, including sticky, chewy, hard, or crunchy foods. Anything that has to be bitten into, like apples, or corn on the cob, is a bad idea. Making lives easier by stocking up on softer foods like yogurt, soups, smoothies, steamed veggies, or ice cream is perfect for people with braces because they won’t get caught in your child’s braces.
#5 Keep your eye on the Prize
Depending on the length of the treatment plan, they’ll have many months to wait for a straight smile. To keep them motivated, help them look ahead to the end of treatment when they see their perfect smile. Focusing on the outcome will encourage them to stay on track and comply with their orthodontist’s instructions.