Getting braces is usually a part of growing up for a lot of children. Unfortunately getting braces is usually not something that most children look forward to as it has a huge effect on a child’s habits, appearance and can also cause social anxiety. Your child may struggle with his social life and as well as with his day-to-day tasks, especially with his/her new and increased oral cleaning and oral hygiene schedule. It may be hard to see your child struggle with this orthodontic change but it will be well worth the pain as your child will have better oral health and straighter teeth when he/she gets older.
Here are 8 ways to help your children deal with their braces:
- Ensure That Your Children Brush After Every Meal and Floss Daily
Ensure that your children brush their teeth three times a day after each of their meals. You can limit the flossing for the night as it requires precision as well as you being available to actively supervise the process. For those of you that have stubborn children, you can simply tell your children that the longer they don’t clean their teeth the longer their braces will remain which ought to prompt them to keep their teeth clean.
- Always Ensure that Your Children Carry Backup Rubber Bands
If your child’s braces treatment requires them to wear rubber bands, then make sure that your children always carry spare rubber bands with them in case their bands break or have to be replaced at short notice. Don’t worry too much if the bands are causing your child a bit of pain as this is completely normal and will disappear over time.
- See Your Orthodontist if Any Brackets or Wires Become Loose
If your child’s wires or brackets ever become loose or break, take your child to your nearest orthodontist as soon as possible.
- Soothe Your Child’s Pain
If anything happens to be protruding and rubbing up against the inside of your child’s mouth then you can reduce your child’s agony with wet cotton or wax.
- Ensure That Your Child Wears his Invisalign Braces at All Times
If your child wears Invisalign Braces which are easy to remove when performing difficult tasks such as eating or playing sports. Make sure that your children pop their Invisalign aligners back into their mouths after eating though.
- Keep the Needed Items in Stock
Throughout the course of your child’s orthodontic treatment, your child will require special supplies to look after his/her teeth properly. This could range from special toothbrushes, special flossers to oral analgesics to ease up a sore mouth after tightening the braces. Maintaining a stock of these dental care products will let your child know that you care about their wellbeing as well as making the pain more bearable.
- Emphasize that the End Result will be Worth It
Emphasize that the end results of the treatment will be well worth the time and pain with a positive attitude.
- Eliminate Bad Food for Braces from Your Home
Stop storing, buying, or cooking sticky, hard-to-eat foods for your home. By eliminating all these foods altogether, you are effectively removing all the temptations of eating these harmful foods from your children. Common foods that cause problems are candy, whole fruits, and vegetables, as well as popcorn. Maintain a decent stock of softer foods though, particularly when your children have just gotten their braces tightened.
Make sure that you and your child visit Dr. Koch, your closest family orthodontist in Lawrenceville to monitor your child’s oral progress as well as getting any new prescriptions or extra medication or treatment that may be required.