Proper dentition is the key to good oral health, and orthodontists can correct a number of dental problems like misaligned, crooked or poorly spaced teeth before they become a serious issue. However, children and their parents may be reluctant to pursue orthodontic treatment out of fear or uncertainty. At Smiles for Kids Dentistry & Orthodontics, our focus is on providing quality pediatric dental care – and that includes educating our patients and creating a friendly, non-threatening environment for kids to have their dental issues handled without fear and anxiety.

living with bracesWhat Can You Expect When Getting Braces?

We use a variety of orthodontic appliances, depending on a child’s needs. The most common are metal braces, which straighten teeth by applying gentle, constant pressure that will move them into position. After their initial application, multiple follow-up appointments with the orthodontist will be necessary in order to adjust the braces to ensure their effectiveness. You can learn more about the process and what you can expect here.

Everyday Life With Braces

When your child first gets braces, he may take some time to adjust to speaking and eating normally until his mouth and tongue becomes familiar with the braces. Adjustments and tightening to the braces can cause some mild discomfort that can be treated with pain medication; talk to your orthodontist about these options if you are concerned.

Day-to-day life with braces is not much different than life without braces. Some foods should be avoided, including nuts, hard fruits and sticky foods. Additionally, tooth brushing is very important to prevent food particles from accumulating in the braces. Your orthodontist can teach your child the best way to keep braces clean.

Today’s braces are more comfortable and effective than ever before. Contact Smiles for Kids today to learn more about our orthodontic treatments and have all of your questions about braces answered by a member of our team!

Call 892.9010 for the West Side or 299.9606 for the Northeast Heights to schedule an appointment today!