Brunette mom smiles with her son in a blue polo after he gets his braces on

How to Prepare Your Child for Braces

July 26, 2020 2:45 am

Does your child have crooked teeth, overcrowding, or a misaligned bite? They would likely benefit from orthodontic treatment. At Tots and Teens Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics, we offer comprehensive orthodontics services, including metal braces, ceramic braces, and Invisalign®, for kids and adults in Laredo, TX.

If your child will soon get braces, here are a few tips to prepare them for the changes ahead and help them feel supported.

  1. Praise & Encourage Them
  2. Help your child feel excited about the day they’ll get their braces! It can be nerve-wracking to sit in the dental chair for an extended period of time; assure your child that getting their braces is routine and straightforward, and it won’t last forever. Plan a fun activity for after their appointment to celebrate the start of their braces journey. Continue to praise and encourage your child throughout their treatment, especially when they take good care of their teeth and follow our instructions.

  3. Select Comforting Foods
  4. It may take your child several days to adjust to the foreign feeling of braces in their mouth. To help them feel more comfortable, make sure the kitchen is stocked with plenty of their favorite soft foods, like bananas, blueberries, mashed potatoes, yogurt, applesauce, smoothies, pasta, and eggs.

  5. Supply Them with Appropriate Tools
  6. Braces-wearers often benefit from special tools, like an electric toothbrush, floss threaders, a water flosser, interdental brushes, and orthodontic wax. As your child adjusts to the feel of braces, there might be times when the metal wires poke the inside of the mouth, causing some discomfort. Covering areas of the braces with orthodontic wax is a great way to protect your child’s mouth from irritation.

Adult Braces & Kids’ Braces in Laredo, TX

Getting braces and keeping teeth clean with braces is a huge undertaking for your child; be there to listen to their questions and concerns. Try to stay positive and help them do all they can to keep their teeth strong and healthy.

Our team delivers top-notch dental and orthodontic care to each of our patients. From our state-of-the-art technology to our dental sedation options to our flexible and affordable payment solutions, you’ll love Tots to Teens Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics. Contact us today to schedule a consultation for kids’ braces or adult braces

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