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What I Wish I knew Earlier About Orthodontics

What I Wish I knew Earlier About Orthodontics
Posted on 05/14/2015

Orthodontics is often seen as treatment for only teenagers, but pre-teen orthodontics is also a common way to straighten teeth and prevent future orthodontic issues. However, putting a younger child in orthodontics comes with a separate set of guidelines. Parents need to be more involved in their child’s oral care routines, to ensure teeth are kept clean.


To help parents know what to expect with kids orthodontics, we’ve outlined the top three things parents wish they knew earlier about their child’s orthodontic treatment.

Wax is Your Friend

Your orthodontist will give your child wax to put on the areas where the braces make his or her mouth tender. Keep this on hand. Braces are uncomfortable at first, and often can get caught on the lip and cheeks—which can be very painful. The wax can be applied to reduce the friction and pain in your child’s mouth. As your child’s mouth gets used to the braces, the pain will subside, but having wax on hand will make your child’s treatment much more successful and pain free.

Brushing and Flossing is a Big Deal

When your child gets braces, brushing and flossing becomes incredibly important. They will need to be gentle so as to keep the brackets and wires attached to their teeth, and they will need to be able to reach the areas of their teeth that the orthodontic appliances make difficult to reach. Your child may need help brushing and flossing now to keep cavities and decay away.

Pay Attention to the Food List

Your orthodontist will provide a list of foods that are off limits for patients with orthodontics. Sticky foods, crunchy foods, chewy foods, popcorn, etc. can wreak havoc on the brackets and wires in your child’s mouth. The best way to help your child have a successful braces treatment is to follow this list. Foods on this list can break brackets off from your child’s teeth leading to more orthodontic visits and expenses. Help your child understand what they can and cannot eat while they have braces.