How to Prepare Your Child for Braces

If your child needs braces, it’s important for both you and your child to be well-versed on how to properly care for their braces and their teeth. The following information gives you a basic understanding of how to ensure your child’s braces stay in good shape and that they are confident with their smile.

Help them Understand Why Orthodontic Treatment is Important

In general, most kids have either heard of braces or have seen their friends with braces before they get their own. Braces aren’t always fun either. Getting braces means having to change eating habits, missing out on favorite foods, and sometimes putting up with mouth pain for more than a year, two years or more!

As a parent, you need to help them understand how getting braces will help them avoid painful dental problems in the future. On top of emphasizing how their beautiful smile once the braces straighten their teeth and they achieve proper occlusion.

Explain the Necessity for Proper Care

The sooner you start preparing your child for the extra care they’ll be facing once they get braces, the easier the transition will be. If your child starts to get down about the idea of braces, remind them about the results. Additionally, we let our pediatric patients choose fun colors for their braces!

Not only will you have to help your child understand the need for proper orthodontic care, but also the importance of proper oral hygiene with braces. In order to have a bright and healthy smile after braces, children will have to be diligent at brushing and flossing their teeth. 

When permanent braces are placed, whether they’re metal brackets or other types of braces, the color of the teeth will remain the same under the bracket. As a result, if your child does not take care of their teeth properly while they have braces, their teeth will look stained once the braces are removed.

Teach Them What Foods to Avoid With Braces

The rubber bands placed around the brackets to keep the wires in place are an essential part of the way braces work. They are also the most vulnerable to sticky foods. The brackets themselves are also vulnerable to separating from the tooth when eating sticky foods.

While your child has metal braces, they should avoid eating:

  • Chewy caramels
  • Gum
  • Sticky candy
  • Hard candy
  • Popcorn
  • Ice
  • Corn-on-the-cob
  • Whole apples

Prepare Your Home

You’ll need to have some extra dental care items once your child has their braces put on. If you buy these items ahead of time, your child will start with proper dental care with braces as soon as they have the braces put on. 

Your child will need orthodontic wax or dental wax, travel-size toothbrushes, travel-size toothpaste, floss, a floss threader, and mouthwash. Depending on your child’s age, you may need to look for mouthwash specifically for kids.

Another important thing you should do ahead of time is to replace the foods in your kitchen that would be harmful to braces with foods that are braces-friendly, as listed above. If you have more questions, as one of our orthodontic Tennessee professionals for an extensive list.

Stock Up On Soft Foods

Your child’s mouth will most likely get sore during the first week that they have braces. This will go away in time as the teeth begin aligning properly. Prepare for this by buying and making plenty of soft foods like mashed potatoes, soup, and even ice cream.

Soreness may occur after routine adjustments, so it will be good to keep these foods on hand to make sure your child can eat with minimum discomfort.

Prevent Sores with Dental Wax

When you visit one of our pediatric orthodontists near you, we can provide small cases of dental wax to prevent mouth sores. During the tightening and straightening process, the wires may begin to extend past the bracket on the last tooth. This is normal, but is often uncomfortable. Make sure you tell your orthodontist if your child complains of problems with their braces.

Teach Your Child About Daily Care

Kids with braces require more attentive oral care as part of their treatment plan. Once your child has braces on, you will need to make sure they brush their teeth after every meal to remove stuck food particles.

On top of brushing their teeth more often, your child will also need to brush again each time they eat anything with excessive sugars or food coloring. Removing leftover food particles and bacteria is crucial to preventing cavities, stains, and other dental issues when wearing braces. 

Your child should take more time and care on each tooth when they have braces. Show your child how to brush their teeth and braces by brushing their teeth for them the first time. Brush in a circular motion working around the brackets as much as possible.

Get Your Child Braces From a Fun Pediatric Dentist in Tennessee

When you choose Snodgrass King for your child’s needs, you will work closely with the staff when it comes to learning all you can about your child’s braces and the process. If you have any questions about the process or anything else regarding your child’s dental care, contact us. We will be happy to set you up with an appointment, so all your child’s dental needs can be taken care of.

Visit Snodgrass and King Pediatric Dentistry

Have you been searching for “braces near me?” Well, look no further. Call Snodgrass and King to set up a consultation with a pediatric orthodontist in Mt. Juliet, Franklin, Murfreesboro, or Spring Hill. 

Remember to set up regular dental visits for yourself and your child to keep your oral health in tip-top shape.