Chances are your children may need some type of orthodontic treatment over the course of their childhood, tween or teenage years. Many children struggle with childhood and teenage angst when it comes to the idea of having to get braces.But there are a few things that you can do to help make the process go a lot smoother for your child and for yourself!
1. Customize your child’s braces. Today, you can help your child feel more at ease about getting braces by allowing them to customize them to match their personality - from gold-colored braces, to ceramic or tooth colored braces, and beyond. They will feel that their choices matter, and that they are an important part of the decision-making process, rather than feeling like a patient.
2. Reward every trip. Each trip to the dentist doesn’t have to feel like a chore for you or your child. Make each visit to the office a time to bond with your child by taking them out to do some of their favorite activities after each visit. Make your time spent at the orthodontist an exciting and rewarding experience for your kids and they will feel much better about the process.
3. Find before and after photos. Thanks to the internet you can find just about anything online and a great way to attempt to get your child on board and feeling better about braces is to search online for their favorite celebrities before and after braces images. As you find ones with great search results online, remind them of the results they are going to see at the end of their treatment, as well.
4. Create a special shopping list. Keep a list of all the foods that your child should be avoided over the course of their orthodontic treatment. Things like candy, gum, ice, and hard foods like nuts should be avoided, so ensure that your child understands what they should avoid. There are still plenty of fun foods they can still enjoy.
As parents, you know how amazing and how challenging the social environment can be for your kids. Braces do not have to affect your child’s self-esteem. With a little encouragement and patience, the whole process can be an enjoyable rite of passage for you and your child.
Want to know if braces could benefit your child’s smile? Call our office today to schedule a consultation and let’s discuss your options!