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.

Braces are frequently associated with teens and young adults – and for good reason, as braces are more effective and easier to implement when the teeth and jaw are still developing, and before you have to break into the working world.

But not everyone gets their teeth straightened in their youth, either due to financial reasons or simply because it wasn’t a priority for you and your family. As you get older, it’s not uncommon to feel as though you’re too old for braces, or that there is no longer a purpose for having your teeth straightened.

Yet no matter how old you are, there are always benefits to straightening your teeth, and the sooner you undergo braces the better your outcome will be.

Why Straighten Teeth as an Adult?

In some ways, adult braces may be more important than braces for teens. Although teens are at the best age for fixing their teeth, adults that do not get their teeth straightened may put themselves at risk for a variety of different issues that can affect their oral health over time.

That is why adult braces have many benefits including, but not limited to:

  • Reduced Risk of Facial Pain – When you have a misaligned bite, it can put pressure on your jaw and mouth. This may lead to several common pains to your face and head, including jaw pain, headaches, and pain around the eyes and temples. Fixing your teeth reduces this risk.
  • Reduced Risk for TMJ – Similarly, malocclusion, overbites, and other common bite problems increase your risk for developing TMJ, which causes similar facial pain symptoms and can have additional complications, such as lockjaw.
  • Preventing Further Shifts – Your teeth shift as you age. If your teeth are crooked now, they are at risk for becoming even more crooked in the future when left untreated. Thus, your adult braces can be used to help keep your teeth from causing any worsened bite problems over time.
  • Better Digestion – You may not always notice it, but any problems with your bite may also affect how you chew food. Crushing food easily within your teeth plays a role in digestion. Fixing your teeth, then, can help your digestion improve as a result.
  • Cosmetic Benefits – Of course, it is hard to avoid the benefits of braces without acknowledging the cosmetic benefits. Even if you have always been confident despite struggling with crooked teeth, many adults report feeling significantly more confident in their smile once their teeth are aligned.

These are only a few of the many benefits of adult braces, and some of the main reasons that you should strongly consider undergoing braces if your orthodontist has recommended them. For more information about adult braces in Mission Viejo and Orange County, please call us today at 949-770-8011.

Tooth grinding, also known as bruxism or teeth clenching, is a common orthodontic problem in children and young adults. Tooth grinding is best associated with stress, although some children may grind their teeth for what seems like no reason at all. It is a condition that can cause several problems for your child’s teeth and jaw, including:

  • Weaker/Damaged Teeth
  • TMJ
  • Facial Pain

Although some children experience no noticeable symptoms, it is still a problem that benefits from early treatment, as the damage that can occur to the mouth can be progressive.

Diagnosing Tooth Grinding in Children

Orthodontists like Dr. Rashidi can often diagnose bruxism in children and young adults simply by looking in their mouth, so if you’re concerned that your child may be tooth grinding, give us a call and we’ll schedule an appointment for a consultation.

The simplest way to know if your child is grinding their teeth is to listen to them sleep at night. But what if you don’t sleep near your child? There are several additional signs to look for that, while they do not necessarily mean that your child has a tooth grinding problem, could indicate that it is worth looking into. These include:

  • Sensitivity or Pain in the Jaw/Face Upon Waking
  • Unexplained Headaches in the Mornings
  • Pain or Discomfort When Chewing
  • Damaged Teeth or Flattened Teeth

As often occurs with unusual symptoms in children and teens, many of these symptoms could be the result of some other problem – or no problem at all. Headaches can be caused by bruxism, or they could be caused by staring too long at the computer or not drinking enough water, for example.

But if you have any suspicion that your child may be grinding their teeth when they sleep, it may be worth seeing an orthodontist that can correctly diagnose the issue and provide an appropriate treatment.

Bruxism Treatments in Children

Correctly diagnosing bruxism in children is already the first step towards treatment. You may be able to learn whether or not your child is struggling with any stress or anxiety before bed, and if you can address that issue you may be able to reduce tooth grinding.

But there are also mouth guards, as well as several other effective treatments that can be used to make sure your child’s mouth is well protected. To schedule an appointment for your child, call ReMarkable Smiles today at 949-770-8011.