For many children or teens, getting braces can be exciting!
However, for some, they may be nervous and have many questions.
Often, they will have to adapt to eating the right foods, new ways of brushing and flossing, and more!
At Waguespack Orthodontics, we get these questions a lot and we are here to help you and your child know what to expect and how to prepare for his or her journey with braces.
The first step to preparing your child for braces is to learn about orthodontic dos and dont’s as much as possible before your treatment begins. Research everything from the foods he or she can and cannot eat, to how to properly floss. After thorough research, we’re certain you and your child will have a better understanding of what to expect when wearing braces.
You should also help your child prepare for braces by reminding them that they are not alone. More than 4 million people in the United States have braces! Chances are even you yourself have had them. It’s important to remind your child that they, and likely many of their friends, will all go through a journey with braces. This journey will leave a beautiful result and gorgeous smile that your child will soon be proud to show off
Before your child gets braces, make sure to stock the fridge with plenty of safe foods! Your child will be in a little bit of discomfort for those first few days, so it’s important to have soft foods available. We recommend things like yogurt, mashed potatoes, smoothies, and even ice cream! Make sure to avoid anything sticky or hard as they may damage the new braces.
All of these things will help get your child get ready for their braces journey! Make sure you discuss any concerns with Dr. Jay and his staff.