How to Prepare Your Child for Getting Braces

How to Prepare Your Child for Getting Braces
Posted on 09/16/2021

For many children, it can be scary to go into any medical office, especially if it’s a dental office. Even most adults don’t like going to the dentist. And while a dental cleaning or check-up is quick and easy, braces are a whole other animal to deal with. Getting braces for your child can be tricky, but at Children's Dentistry of Stuart, we make sure that every parent has the resources and help that they need to help their children upkeep their oral health. So we have come up with 4 tips to help your child prepare before getting braces, and how they can feel comfortable on the big day.

4 Tips to Help Your Child Prepare for Braces

  • Talk with Your Child- Discussing with your child is the first step. Talk to them about why they need braces and how it will benefit them. If they choose to get metal braces, let them choose what color they want so that they can customize it and make it fun. Let your child ask questions to the orthodontist and have them explain the process of how their braces will be put on. Also, listen to their concerns. If they are afraid that they are going to be made fun of, remind them that most of their friends are wearing, have worn, or are going to wear braces shortly. Braces are only temporary, so let them know that wearing them will not last forever.
  • Help Them with Their Cleaning Routine- Encourage your child to stick with their cleaning regime. Buy them an interdental toothbrush to make it easier to clean their teeth and braces. Get them a fun toothbrush to work with, and award them if they do a good job. Overall, they need to keep brushing and flossing as thoroughly as they can every morning and night.
  • Feed Them Soft Foods- Kids love food, so feed them with feel-good soft foods. When your child gets their braces tightened (which can be painful) feed them foods such as (but not limited to): rice, pasta, ice cream, yogurt, mashed potatoes, soup, and bananas. Chilled foods will also work, especially if they have sore mouths.
  • Have Orthodontic Wax on Hand- While your child gets used to braces, the brackets and wires might irritate them and cause sores in their mouth. Orthodontic wax is one way to make your child’s braces feel more comfortable. The wax will form a protective layer that stops the bracket from rubbing. It’s also a good idea to give your child their supply so they can take it to school or anywhere else.

Let Us Help You & Your Child!

If you’re a parent and are about to get your child braces, come see your Stuart, FL dentist beforehand! We will make sure your child’s oral health is up-to-date before they start orthodontic treatment. If you have any questions or concerns, contact Children’s Dentistry of Stuart today! We strive to make our office as comfortable and enjoyable as possible. We can’t wait to meet you and your child!