Try as you might, there’s no getting around the fact that odds are your kids have you wrapped around their little fingers. There’s nothing you wouldn’t do to help them, even if sometimes they might think differently. Life is full of challenges that they’ll need help preparing them for. For some kids, getting braces is one of them.
Discuss Why Braces Are Necessary
Understanding the reasons behind something can go a long way towards helping a kid feel better about something. Such is the case with braces. Braces are used to address a variety of dental problems, from poor tooth alignment to bite issues. The reasons why your kid is getting braces should be covered in the consultation you have with the orthodontist, but it may take some repetition for it to all sink in for your kid. Be patient with them and understand that you may need to explain things more than once before they get it.
Address Their Concerns
It’s pretty normal for kids to have concerns about getting braces. They may be worried about how they’ll look with braces, how much more work it’s going to take to brush their teeth properly, or not being able to eat some of their favorite foods. You won’t be able to fix all of these problems – some of them are things they’re just going to have to deal with for the time being. Still, you can acknowledge their concerns and see what options are available. You can always ask your orthodontist about alternatives to traditional braces, such as Invisalign. Invisalign minimizes the dietary restrictions of traditional braces. That could help your kid feel better about the whole thing.
Explain What to Expect
Whatever type of braces your kid ends up getting, it’s helpful to know what to expect. Talk to them about the process of getting the braces, any diet changes they may need to have, and how to take care of their braces. Be honest with them. Don’t tell them that they won’t feel a thing. Odds are they’ll be uncomfortable for a bit. You can reassure them that the discomfort won’t last and that there are things that can be done to reduce the discomfort they experience.
As a dad, you want nothing more than to be able to protect your kids from anything that would harm them. One of the things you can do to protect them is to make sure they’re as prepared as they can be for what comes their way. Getting braces can be an uncomfortable experience for your kids, but it’s one that you can help make go a lot more smoothly by properly preparing them for it.
Check out this article on why you need to take your kid to the dentist!