Orthodontic treatment can be a life-changing experience for the kids. On the one hand, they are excited about getting rid of their cosmetic facial defects and being able to enjoy a beautiful smile. However, on the other hand, they are required to closely adhere to their dentist’s instructions – learning self-discipline in the process. In fact, orthodontic treatment can be a challenging journey for the kids and the parents. Fortunately, there are things you can do to help your child glide through this process smoothly. This article offers some tips that can help your child throughout the orthodontic treatment journey.
The importance of optimal oral hygiene maintenance becomes even more essential when your child is wearing braces. This is because it is quite difficult to completely remove food deposits from around the braces and the orthodontic wires. Hence, kids who wear braces are at a higher risk of developing gum problems and teeth cavities. That is why it is essential for one to maintain a strict oral hygiene routine during orthodontic treatment. Ask your kid to brush their teeth at least twice a day for two minutes and floss at least once daily.
Orthodontists recommend that braces wearing kids should use an interdental toothbrush in addition to the conventional one. An interdental toothbrush has very fine bristles that extend vertically from the handle on all sides. An interdental brush is designed in such a way that it makes the penetration of the bristles into the interdental spaces easier, thereby ensuring optimal cleaning in the tight spaces between the teeth.
Using a fluoride-containing toothpaste can go a long way in keeping your teeth healthy and cavity-free. Fluoride ions not only strengthen our teeth but also make them more resistant to the formation of teeth cavities. That is why orthodontists recommend using an ADA-approved fluoride toothpaste during orthodontic treatment.
There are certain diet-related compromises your child will have to make during orthodontic treatment. First they should avoid fizzy drinks; they not only cause tooth staining but they can also dislodge the orthodontic brackets and create white spots around the teeth. Secondly, your child should avoid eating hard and sticky foods like nuts, resins, chocolates, and caramel. Again, these foods can dislodge your braces. Besides, sticky foods tend to adhere to the brackets and promote plaque and tartar deposition. Instead of these foods, ask your child to eat a tooth-friendly diet that is rich in proteins, fibrous fruits, and green vegetables.
Wearing braces for a year or two may seem like a long time for your kid – and they may end up getting demotivated. As parents it is our responsibility to teach our child to keep their eyes on the prize! The discomfort and pain they are experiencing now is nothing compared to the improvement in their oral health and their smile that will last throughout life.
The importance of regular orthodontic checkup visits cannot be overstated. At every checkup appointment, your dentist will perform a detailed clinical examination to visualize any underlying problems with your teeth and overall oral health. They will also assess the progress of your orthodontic treatment. If there is an underlying issue affecting or slowing down your treatment, your dentist will immediately take necessary measures.
Orthodontic treatment requires long-term commitment and patience. At Royal Dental USA, we are here to make your child’s orthodontic treatment journey as pleasant and as smooth as possible. If you have a kid that needs braces, please book an appointment with us, and we will make sure that your child’s orthodontic treatment is a pleasant and worry-free experience.