Braces FAQ: 8 Things Parents Need to Know When Their Kid Needs Braces! by Donna John
For millions of families, braces and childhood tend to go hand-in-hand, and this leaves many parents with lots of questions. “Getting braces doesn’t have to be a scary process, but it can be if you haven’t had some of the more common questions answered ahead of time,” explains Dr. Karson Kupiec, an orthodontist at Kupiec Orthodontics & Pediatric Dentistry in Rancho Santa Fe, Calif. Here are some of the things that every parent must know before their child gets braces!
- Age: The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children see an orthodontist no later than the age of 7.
- Straightness: Even kids who have straight teeth should still be evaluated by an orthodontist. There may be a problem with their teeth that can be detected by the doctor. Early treatment helps to guide proper jaw growth, correct harmful habits, help guide teeth and even shape one’s face.
- Cost: With an average cost for metal braces being around $5,000-$7,500, many parents may feel they can’t afford the treatment. However, some orthodontist offices offer payment plans.
- Clean Teeth: If your child’s teeth aren't sufficiently clean before getting braces, your orthodontist will have to clean them with a polishing paste so that the braces can properly be cemented to your teeth. If possible, schedule a regular professional cleaning appointment with your dentist a few days before you get your new braces.
- Expect discomfort: Getting braces is going to create some discomfort, especially once your child first gets them. They can cause sores in the mouth. To help, choose soft foods, such as soup, pasta and bananas for the few days following getting braces.
- Regular care: Talk to your orthodontist about proper care of your braces. You'll need to brush regularly and use a Waterpik to flush out the food particles that can get caught between braces and teeth; you should also avoid sticky foods.
- Foods: There are some foods that should be avoided when having braces. These include chewy foods, crunchy foods, sticky foods and hard foods. Specific foods to avoid include sticky peanut butter, popcorn, caramel, taffy and gum. Also, things you have to bite into, such as an apple or corn on the cob.
- Choosing a doctor: Opt for an orthodontist, since they are specialists in straightening teeth and have had two to three years of additional training beyond dental school.
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