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Published on: 14 Sep 2016 by rozamason

Helping Your Child Cope with Orthodontics

Getting braces might be a rite of
passage for many kids and teens, but most will not be excited at the prospect
of undergoing treatment that could last for quite some time. So what can you do
to help them cope with treatment? With your support, your kid can soon learn
how to care for their braces and how to deal with any small problems that could
develop during treatment. We’ve put together a list of a few things you can do
to help.

Get
Them Involved in Choosing Their Brace

Although the actual brace used for your
kids treatment is likely to be one recommended by our pediatric dentist, you
can still get your child involved in the decision-making. These days it’s
possible to customize braces through using clear ceramic brackets and if this
isn’t an option then even metal braces can be made a bit more personal with the
use of colored rubber bands.

Keep
Your Child Informed

You will find that our pediatric
dentists
will discuss the benefits of
treatment with them and can describe the procedures that will help correct the
position of their teeth. Being fully informed about their treatment can help
ease any anxieties they may have about wearing braces. One particular concern
is that braces will be painful and although it’s true there may be some minor
discomfort for the first few days this should soon settle down and if it
doesn’t then their braces can always be adjusted.

Make
Sure Your Child Knows Why Braces Are Required

Your kid is likely to already have lots
of friends who wear braces but it can help if they know exactly why they need
orthodontic treatment. We can help you with this by informing them how
orthodontics will help benefit the appearance of their teeth and their
long-term dental health. It can help to point out that treatment is for a
relatively short period of time but the effects can last for life.

Help
Them Keep Their Braces Clean

It can be fiddly to clean around
brackets and wires so make sure your child has everything they need to maintain
good dental health. We can show them how to clean around their braces and they
may need a few special but relatively cheap tools to help them accomplish this,
for example floss threaders or interdental brushes. It can be worth packing
them a small dental kit to take to school or when they are out and about so
they can easily clean their teeth after eating.

Dealing
with Breakages

Sometimes braces can become damaged or a
bracket may work loose. We can supply orthodontic wax to place over broken
wires or other sharp areas to protect your child’s gums, cheeks and lips. If a
bracket comes loose then try to save it as we may be able to reattach it. If
the brace does become damaged then please contact us to arrange an appointment
so we can mend it as soon as possible so treatment isn’t delayed or lengthened. Read also about adult removable
braces
.

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