At ReMarkable Smiles in Orange County, we know that few children want to need braces, or enjoy dealing with tooth grinding. But when it occurs, your child still needs treatment. At Remarkable Smiles, our team will do whatever it takes to make sure your child is as comfortable as possible, and we’ll do our best to ensure that they are confident in their treatment and relaxed throughout the process.
But as their parent, we also know that there are many steps you can take to try to ensure that the process is easier, and that your child is better able to cope with what’s ahead.
What to Do For Your Child
Before your child is scheduled for their orthodontic treatment, prepare them for what’s ahead with the following:
- Inform – Your child is likely to have many questions and fears, and they may not be willing to ask us during their appointment. Make sure your child knows that they can ask you anything, and stay informed about every procedure so that you know how to answer their questions.
- Prepare – Let them know what they can expect in terms of preparation and maintenance. For example, what should they know about how their teeth will feel after their braces are put on for the first time? What can they do to reduce tooth pain and cavities?
- Train – Depending on the type of treatment, it’s a good idea to train them in how to care for their teeth well in advance. Braces, Invisalign, and other orthodontic treatments all have their own care tips, and your child will benefit from learning about how to clean their braces, how to use orthodontic wax, and more.
- Stay Positive – Let your child know about all of the benefits of the orthodontic procedure, and how they’re going to feel after it’s over. Stay positive about the experience and what it’s going to mean for their life, so that your positivity is contagious with their own feelings.
There are also steps you can take during your treatment that will make the process easier. If your child tends to be nervous, stay by their side and let them squeeze your hand so that they feel more comfortable with the procedure. We’ll do our best to help them relax, but your kind voice is always a helpful addition to the process.
Once their procedure is completed, don’t forget to be there for them. Encourage their smile and happiness, and let them know that they’ve taken an important step to a better smile and healthier mouth in the future.
For more information about any of our orthodontic services for children and teens in Mission Viejo and Orange County, CA, please call us today at 949-770-8011.