Your child may have just reached, or is coming up on, another big milestone that comes with growing up, getting braces! We know this may be a challenging process for both you and your child, so we are always ready and available to help whenever we can. Our team here at Gaston Orthodontics has been highly trained to make every child feel comfortable and confident throughout their treatment, whether they are in our chairs or you are taking care of your child’s braces at home.

Early orthodontic treatment, also known as interceptive orthodontics,  is recommended for children with crooked or overcrowded teeth that will most likely cause bigger issues down the road. When our orthodontists see that earlier treatment is beneficial for your child, we will create a custom treatment plan to help their permanent teeth and jaw grow properly.

After the initial consultation, we will create a custom treatment plan. Then your child will come in for their first appointment where their brackets will be cemented onto the front of each tooth with wires securely threaded through. This initial appointment will take around 1-2 hours. Each appointment after this will be shorter, as we will only need to tighten the wires on your child’s braces rather than place all new materials.

Your child’s mouth may be very sore for the first 1-2 weeks as their teeth are first reacting to the gentle push and pull of their wires. To help with soreness, we recommend eating soft foods and using orthodontic wax to cover any brackets or wires that are rubbing or poking the inside of your child’s cheeks or lips. Initially, your child may struggle with adjusting to the feel of braces but they should get completely used to them after about a month. Your child may experience soreness again as they come back in to get their braces tightened every few weeks, but it should be fairly bearable.

To ensure your child’s orthodontic treatment goes smoothly, it is recommended that you stress to them how important it is to keep up with a good oral hygiene routine. It is easy for food to get stuck in between the wires and brackets of their braces, so it is necessary to brush after every meal rather than just twice a day. In addition to brushing, flossing every night will help get rid of the stubborn food that is wedged deep in the braces. We will provide you with a special floss that has a hard tip, making it easier to thread in between wires for a more thorough cleaning.

If you have any further questions about how to monitor your child’s orthodontic treatment, or if you need more tips to ensure the process goes as you hope for, call us at 704-671-4051 today!