What To Expect When Kids Get Braces with our Dentist Dr. Sarah

Getting braces for kids is a common orthodontic procedure aimed at correcting various issues including crooked teeth and improving the position of the jaw.

Here’s what you can expect

1. An initial exam and chat to assess whether the issue is something than can be dealt with by our dentist Sarah. There are occasionally situations where a referral to hospital may be required in the more severe cases

2. Consultation: During this appointment, Sarah will examine your child’s teeth, take X-rays/scans, and discuss potential treatment options. There may be occasions where a referral will be required for a more specialised x-ray.

3. Customised Treatment Plan: Based on the results of the consultation, Sarah will develop a personalised treatment plan tailored to your child’s specific needs. This plan will outline the type of braces recommended and the estimated duration of treatment and costs. More than one type of brace may be recommended depending on your child’s individual orthodontic need.

4. Placement of Braces: Once the treatment plan is finalised, Sarah will schedule an appointment to place the braces. This appointment will differ depending on the type of braces recommend for your child.

5. Adjustments: Your child will need to visit Sarah regularly for adjustments. These adjustments help gradually shift the teeth into their desired position

6. Discomfort: It’s common for children to experience some discomfort or soreness after getting braces and following adjustments. Over-the-counter pain relievers and orthodontic wax (in the case of fixed braces) can help alleviate any discomfort.

7. Dietary Restrictions: Your child may need to avoid certain foods that are hard, sticky, or crunchy, as they can damage the braces. Sarah will provide a list of foods to avoid and recommend soft foods that are easier to eat.

8. Oral Hygiene: Proper oral hygiene is crucial during orthodontic treatment to prevent tooth decay and gum disease. Your child will need to brush and clean interdentally regularly, taking extra care to clean around the brackets and wires. They will be expected to attend the hygienist if Sarah feels it is required. If good oral hygiene is not maintained by your child then orthodontic treatment will be discontinued and there will be no refund of any monies paid

9. Follow-up Care: Regular follow-up appointments are essential to monitor your child’s progress and make any necessary adjustments to the treatment plan.

10. Treatment Duration: The length of time your child will need to wear braces varies depending on the severity of their orthodontic issues. On average, treatment with braces typically lasts between one to three years.

11. Retention Phase: After the braces are removed, your child will need to wear a retainer to maintain the results of the treatment. Retainers may need to be worn full-time initially and then gradually transitioned to nighttime use only. A fixed retainer May also be recommended. Retention is a lifetime commitment

Throughout the process, it’s essential to support and encourage your child, as wearing braces can sometimes be challenging. Celebrate milestones and remind them of the long-term benefits of orthodontic treatment, such as a straighter smile and improved oral health.
Our care here at Saving Smiles, is personalised. We understand that it can be difficult to know whether to wait or to take action. A consultation with our dentist Sarah can help to understand your options better.

For more information please contact Weedon on 01327 342412 or Rushden on 01933 312992 or Northampton on 01604 763627 and we will be happy to help you.