Preparing Your Child For The Orthodontist

Preparing Your Child For The Orthodontist
Posted on 01/13/2017

At Curry Orthodontics, we have years of experience providing excellent orthodontic care to children of all ages living in Plano and the surrounding areas. Our team has the skills and knowledge to make every visit to our Plano office a pleasant experience for all involved. If you’ve scheduled your child’s first visit with us, chances are they’ll have many questions like “What will it feel like to wear braces?”, “How will I kids brushing teethlook with braces?” and “What will my friends think?”. Below are a few tips which can help prepare your child for his or her first orthodontic appointment at Curry Orthodontics.

Talk and Listen

One of the best ways to prepare your child for an upcoming appointment with their orthodontist in Plano is to talk openly and honestly about their feelings surrounding the visit. If they express uncertainty, anxiety or fear, listen closely so you can discuss these feelings. It’s important that your child knows that orthodontic treatment is designed to align the teeth and jaws properly and that it will improve the appearance of their smile. Be aware that the younger your child is the more likely they are to be excited about getting braces.

Remind Your Child That Many Kids Wear Braces

Every child has at least one friend or classmate who is already wearing braces or who has had braces before. By reminding your child that many kids wear braces, your child will likely feel more positive about the upcoming appointment and may even look forward to it!

Discuss What To Expect Before Getting The Braces Put On

It is normal for children to feel nervous about having their braces put on. You can ease this anxiety by letting your child know that fitting braces is a very straight-forward procedure. The small brackets are bonded to the teeth and are then connected with a thin wire. If your child is worried that the braces will hurt, tell him or her that they may feel some discomfort while getting used to the braces but that this discomfort generally only lasts for a couple of days.

Stock Up on Soft Foods

While the process of placing braces on the teeth is not painful in itself, the pressure put on the teeth may cause your child some discomfort for the first few days. This is why you should have plenty of soft foods on hand like mashed potatoes, yogurt, pasta and rice. A good idea for the two of you is to go grocery shopping for soft foods so your child can pick out their favorites.

Questions? Contact Your Plano Orthodontist Today! 

If you have more questions about preparing your child for his or her upcoming orthodontic appointment, we will gladly answer them! Feel free to contact us at (972) 592-2917 during regular office hours. We look forward to providing your child with exceptional orthodontic care in our relaxing and comfortable office environment!