Navigating Orthodontics for Your Child
Posted on September 28, 2023
For millions of people, teen braces are a fact of life. According to the American Orthodontic Association, about 3.5 million kids and teens in the United States start wearing braces each year. Helping your teen navigate orthodontic treatment is essential to their well-being. Here is how you can navigate orthodontic treatment for your child.
Teens often have a difficult time asking questions. As a parent, you can help them better understand the process and what to expect by asking questions and becoming informed. Staying up to date with the latest orthodontic techniques will ensure that you can provide your teen with the information they need to reduce feelings of stress throughout the process. Open communication with the orthodontist will help you stay informed and learn ways to support your teen better while they are wearing braces. Being communicative with the treatment team and staying informed will ensure your teen get the best results. Stay engaged in the process and ask questions.
Prepare for Aftercare
There’s an adjustment period for wearing braces. Your teen may experience soreness in their mouth and may have to change their diet slightly. Be sure that you consult with the orthodontist to learn about any dietary restrictions while your teen is wearing braces. Typically, the diet changes are minimal, like not eating “sticky” foods that can get stuck in the braces. It’s important to understand the dos and don’ts of wearing braces to better support your teen. Following the orthodontist’s instructions will ensure success.
While it’s important to learn all you can about orthodontic treatment, aftercare, and how to support your teen during the process, it is also essential that you prepare financially for teen braces. Plan how you will fit braces into your budget. Many orthodontists have payment plans, but regardless, make sure that you’re clear on costs. Braces are a necessary treatment to ensure the health of the teeth. However, many dental insurance companies don’t cover the costs of braces. Talk to your orthodontist’s office and ensure you get a documented treatment plan with costs.
Teenagers can be reluctant to visit the orthodontist for teen braces. Your confidence in the process will help your teen to navigate the process easier. Make an appointment today to learn how to navigate orthodontic treatment for your teen. Call Dr. Bret Ortho today!