The first thing kids need to understand is what dental braces are for. In simple and child-friendly terms, dental braces straighten the teeth and make the smile much better looking. That being said, they also need to understand that not having perfect straight teeth is something completely normal and that many other kids in their school are just like them. Also, if you or any other friend or family member have used dental braces in the past, showing pictures and talking about the positive side of it might help as well.
Another thing that is important to let kids know is that dental braces today are much less noticeable than they used to be. Even though metal braces are still used, clear braces and braces that are the same color as the teeth are very common now, and there are even braces that go hidden behind the teeth. The wires are also smaller and the rubber bands that go along with braces come in different fun colors. But even if your kid needs to wear any sort of head or neck gear with wires attached to the teeth, it will probably be only at home.
Last but not least, let them know that it will not be a permanent situation. The time is not the same for everyone, but most people usually wear braces for 2 years or less.
An orthodontic evaluation should take place at age 3 to 6 for all children. It can help to determine the best time to begin any necessary treatment and achieve results that would not be possible when face and jaw bones have fully developed. The doctors at Oasis Dental Milton provide Orthodontic and Dentofacial Orthopedic Treatment for children, teenagers and adults in Toronto. If you want to schedule an appointment for your child, call us at 905-876-2747.