How To Get Your Child Ready For Braces

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If your young child is in need of some braces, they may be a little bit nervous about their first meeting with their orthodontist, but they don't have to be. Although getting braces may make their mouth a little bit sore, it can also give them an entirely new appearance which is something that they may thank you for later. But what can you do to help soothe them and their worries about getting their mouth worked on? This article will take a closer look. Ready to learn some more? If so, then read on. 

Explain to them the Process

When your child is familiar with the entire braces process, they are less likely to be anxious because there is less to anticipate. Explain to your child that during their initial consultation, the dentist may take molds of their teeth and some x-rays. Then, from there, the following appointment may be to put the braces on. Depending on the type of braces they get, they can expect their mouth to be a little bit sore afterward but the pain shouldn't be intolerable. If you are unclear about the process, don't be afraid to ask your orthodontist to step in and explain it to your kid. 

Explain the Outcome

The best thing about braces is the outcome. Your child will be excited as soon as their braces come off but getting there may be a little bit harder. Explain to your child that as soon as they get their braces off that they will have a straighter, healthier-looking smile. Although you don't want to make them feel bad about their appearance, by showing them the tweaks that are going to be made to their current smile, they may be able to see what they have to look forward to. 

Let Them Take the Day Off of School

If you really want to win parent of the year, let your child take the day off of school when they get braces and take them to get a smoothie and some soft treats. By making the day feel like more of an experience than a chore, you can help them feel important and special. Plus, who doesn't like to have some alone time with their kids, anyway? 

Getting braces can be a little frightening for kids — no matter how old they are. Keep these things in mind to help your kid get a little bit more excited about braces.

For more information about braces, contact a local orthodontist.