Helping Your Child Cope With Braces

 Helping Your Child Cope With Braces

If you live in the United States, you probably start thinking about braces for your child when they are still relatively young, wanting to gift them an even, beautiful smile. However, braces can require some adjustment. As a parent, you can be your kid’s biggest support system.

At Comfort Dental Spa in Farmington Hills, Michigan, our team of compassionate staff and providers are here to help you get your child through those months or years of wearing braces, so they can enjoy the results with no regrets.

Coping methods for children with braces

Getting braces can be a big adjustment, especially if your child is comparatively young. You can help them cope with their braces from the very first day by being supportive, thinking ahead, and checking in often to make sure they are doing OK.

1. Serve soft foods.

When your child first gets their braces, serve them a soft food diet for a few days. Any of the following are good choices:

Even after your child starts getting used to their braces, remind them about items they should avoid, like chewing gum, hard or sticky candy, berries with small seeds, corn on the cob, bone-in meat servings, and in general most sugary treats (moderation is allowed, but they should clean their teeth promptly afterward.)

2. Check often for lip/gum irritation.

Braces may be uncomfortable for a few days, but shouldn’t cause serious pain. Listen to your child if they complain, and call us if they seem distressed. We can check to make sure nothing needs to be adjusted and offer tips on reducing discomfort.

Don’t wait for your child to come to you with abraded lips or irritated gums. Teach them how to use a little wax to help the braces slide easily over the inner surface of the lips, and buy them a water flosser to get food particles out of hard-to-reach places. Remember to keep mouthwash stocked to kill lingering bacteria.  

3. Chewing is for food!

If your kid likes to put things in their mouth, help them break that habit fast. Chewing on non-food items can damage braces or teeth, and it can mess with the alignment we’re trying to achieve. If necessary, a soft chew necklace can help wean a child from chewing on things out of habit.

4. Skip the whitening products.

Using tooth whitening products during braces treatment will leave dark spots where the attachments are. Leave teeth alone as far as whitening goes until all treatment is complete. You can follow up with professional teeth whitening as a surprise for your kid for doing so well with their braces during treatment.   

5. Order a mouthguard.

If your child plays sports, grinds their teeth at night or during the day (bruxism), or sleeps fitfully because of their braces, ask us about getting a mouthguard made. This can help protect their teeth and keep their braces from posing a danger.

Is your child ready for braces? Let’s get their assessment started. Call Comfort Dental Spa today at 248-306-8753, or book an appointment online any time. 

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