Not everyone has the good fortune to have their permanent teeth come in straight and even. There are times when it’s necessary to arrange for a few dental procedures to correct those flaws. While the cosmetic angle is important, having the work done is also about making sure the teeth are healthier and provide all the benefits that should come from a full set of teeth. If your child needs some sort of corrective work, here are some tips on how to get the child to cooperate with the dentist and move forward with the necessary procedures.
Be Honest About What’s Involved
Many well-meaning parents will seek to encourage children to cooperate when there’s the need for braces, extractions, or dental implants by telling them there is no discomfort. Unfortunately, it only takes a few minutes in the dental chair to prove those words to be false. A better approach is to be honest and admit there will be some discomfort.
Much of the fear about having corrective dental procedures is not knowing what to expect. This is not the time to shield your child from a reality of life. Instead, sit down and talk about what needs to be done and how things are most likely to go. Admit that there will be a little pain when the dental professional deadens the area or that some soreness the first few days after the braces are installed is not unusual. Emphasize that the discomfort is only for a short time and then it will be over.
Talk About Different Types of Braces
When kids think of braces, the first thing that comes to mind is the traditional metal types that they see on television or that maybe a school mate is currently wearing. The remarks made by others about those braces could be hurtful. Acknowledge that but also point out that there is more than one type of corrective brace used today.
Depending on what sort of correction needs to be done, the braces recommended by the Barrie orthodontist may be less obvious. For example, it may be possible to go with braces that are clear or that are tinted white so they blend in with the teeth easier. When it’s harder to see the braces, your child is less likely to fear what the other kids will say.
Point Toward the
Even after your child is resigned to the idea of braces, it pays to talk about how life will be once the braces are removed. The result is a set of teeth that are perfectly straight, evenly spaced, and stronger than they have ever been. That will make for a beautiful smile in the years ahead. Wearing the braces now also means that taking care of the teeth in the years to come will be a little easier. By helping your child look beyond today and think about how things will be a couple of years down the road, it’s easier to see how the braces really are a good thing.
Remember that your dental professional is always on hand to help your child feel better about having a corrective procedure or being fitted for braces. By making sure your child understands why the work needs to be done, what to expect during and after the procedure, and the benefits that will come later on, you calm the fears and make the entire situation easier for the patient as well as yourself.