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How to Talk to Your Child About Orthodontic Treatment

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As a parent, you may find it hard to talk to your child about orthodontic treatment. After all, your child may be feeling anxious about the idea of wearing braces or other orthodontic devices. It is important to have an open and honest conversation with your child about orthodontic treatment, as well as the benefits it can bring.

The Why

The first step to talk to your child about orthodontic treatment is to explain why it is necessary. Explain to your child that orthodontic treatment is a way to correct misaligned teeth or jaws and that it can help prevent future dental problems. Explain that orthodontic treatment will help your child have a healthier and more attractive smile. Additionally, point out that many people wear braces and that it is a common thing.

Available Treatments

Discuss the different types of orthodontic treatments available. Depending on your child’s needs, braces, Invisalign, or other treatments may be recommended. Explain the differences between the different types of treatments, and show pictures of braces and other orthodontic devices to give your child an idea of what they look like. Additionally, explain the length of treatment and the different steps involved.

Care and Maintenance

Talk about the care and maintenance associated with orthodontic treatment. Explain to your child that orthodontic treatment requires extra care and attention and that it is important to follow the instructions provided by the orthodontist. Provide your child with resources such as brushing and flossing instructions, as well as instructions on how to properly care for and maintain their orthodontic device.


Finally, provide your child with support and reassurance. Let them know that you are there for them and that you will help them through the process. Additionally, remind them of the benefits that orthodontic treatment can bring and that they will be happy with the results.

By following these steps, you can help your child better understand and accept orthodontic treatment. Make sure to be patient, honest, and understanding throughout the conversation, and be willing to answer any questions that your child may have. With the right approach, you can make the conversation about orthodontic treatment easier for both you and your child. If you need help, our team is always here to assist in talking to your child!

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About the Author: Robert T. Ogden, D.D.S.

Dr. Robert T. Ogden D.D.S. is an independent orthodontist serving Central Florida since 1994, and is proud to be the affordable option for local families who want straight teeth that lead to perfect smiles, all backed by a kind and friendly staff that instantly makes you feel at home. We take the time to explain all of your options, from In-Ovation C clear braces or SPEED System metal braces to clear aligners like Invisalign™. Plus, our state-of-the-art offices are designed to make your visit as fast and comfortable as possible. Schedule your free consultation today!

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