While braces might seem like a normal childhood rite of passage to you, your child might be feeling a bit nervous about getting them on. They may be wondering how much they will hurt or feeling worried about how they will look. You can help your child feel more prepared and less fearful by taking these three simple steps.
Prepare Them For the Downsides
While the benefits of getting braces far outweigh the downsides, there are some downsides that you need to prepare your child for. It is always easier to deal with challenges when you know what to expect. Your child should understand that the pressure caused by the movement of the teeth can be uncomfortable. It is also normal to get a sore or two as the sensitive tissue inside the cheeks adjusts to the wires and brackets. Additionally, have a frank discussion with your child about food restrictions. It may help to have a braces party complete with all of your child’s favorite restricted foods so that they can say goodbye to them for a time.
Stock Up On Yummy Soft Foods
The first few days in braces can be a bit uncomfortable. Your child may have difficulty eating a normal diet during this time. It is a good idea to stock up on soft foods for the days after the braces come on. It might help to let your child help pick out some of their favorite soft foods. Good sweet options include pudding, Jell-O, yogurt, and ice cream. It is amazing how fast even kids can tire of sweet foods, however, so get some soft savory foods as well. Mac-n-cheese, pasta, mashed potatoes, and soup are popular choices.
Take Them to the Dentist
If your insurance will cover it, it’s a good idea to visit the dentist soon before the braces get put on. Your child’s dentist can address any issues before the braces come on. At the same time, your hygienist can give those teeth a good polishing for a fresh start.
You can help your child prepare for getting braces by talking to them about the downsides, stocking up on yummy soft foods, and taking them to the dentist. Most of all, you can help put them at ease by adopting a compassionate and positive attitude yourself. Remind them that most kids get braces and they will adjust quickly.
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