Most parents are excited for their kids to get braces, since it is an important milestone for many kids. But you may not know the best way to make sure that your child is taken care of after the braces are placed. Here are a few quick tips that can help you to make sure that your child gets all the help they need after they get braces.
Prepare Meals They Can Eat
First, you want to make sure that you are aware of the dietary restrictions that accompany braces and that you make it easy for them to eat what they need. You want to make food that they can easily eat with their braces and that won’t cause any issues. Talk with their orthodontist so that you can get a complete list of foods they should avoid. When you can make it easy for them to eat delicious food at home, you will make it easier for them to take care of their teeth and feel comfortable with the adjustments they have to make.
Soothe the Pain
You also want to help your child to minimize the pain they are experiencing. Most of the pain involved with braces will be directly after the procedure to place the braces in the first place. Painkillers can help minimize the discomfort in the time after your child gets braces. You can also use ice packs to help to minimize pain and decrease swelling. Finding a balance between using painkillers and other methods can help you to give your child what they need.
Help Them with Oral Care
When your child has braces, it will be even more important that they take care of their teeth. This means brushing and flossing regularly. You want to make sure that you are helping your child to remember all their oral health care tasks. You also want to help them so that you know they always are getting into their appointments with their orthodontist. Having support in these tasks can make the transition a lot easier for your child.
Getting braces can be a big transition for your child, so make sure they know what the results will be. The more informed and supported your child is, the easier having braces will be for them. Work together to make it the best possible experience.
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