When your child gets braces from a pediatric orthodontist, there are several steps to the process. Each step is crucial, and in order for your child to get the best results possible, the orthodontist must ensure everything is done just right.
Prior to your child getting braces, he or she will have a consultation with a pediatric orthodontist. This appointment helps the orthodontist determine the proper course of treatment and obtain impressions before the braces are installed. This is a great time for you and your child to ask questions.
The day of installation, your child will have his or her teeth cleaned as part of the preparation process. This is similar to what is experienced during a regular cleaning from a children's dentist. After the teeth are cleaned, they'll be dried and your child's mouth will be kept open by cheek retractors.
Installation of Brackets
The actual process of getting braces is simple and easy—the pediatric orthodontist will use a special cement to attach a bracket to each tooth, after which an archwire will be threaded through the brackets. Finally, rubber bands are placed over the brackets in order to hold the wire in place.
Purchasing Helpful Items
Though the process of getting braces is relatively painless, your child could be a bit uncomfortable as he or she adjusts to the brackets, wires, and spacers that are now in place. It's a good idea to stock up on some things to help your child feel better, such as:
- Cold compresses, ice packs, or frozen peas
- Dental wax
- Children's pain reliever (be sure to ask your orthodontist or pediatrician for the proper dosage)
- Soft foods like pudding, yogurt, and applesauce
- Movies or other treats to help your child relax and distract him or her from the initial discomfort.
At Best Kids Dentist, we can help your child enjoy a beautiful, healthy smile. Call (718) 491-5300 today to schedule an appointment.