Questions To Ask Your Child’s Orthodontist

Questions To Ask Your Child’s Orthodontist
Posted on 09/18/2017

As a parent, you want to make sure that your child has a bright future ahead of them. A healthy smile is an important factor in that bright future, since it will help keep their body healthy by reducing the risks of things like infection, plus the self-confidence that comes with having a set of perfect looking teeth. To achieve this perfect smile, come to the experts at Pedodontic’s P.C., since we specialize in pediatric dentistry and orthodontics. We’ve helped countless families in Omaha and the surrounding areas, helping shape their kids’ futures by creating healthy, radiant smiles.

We’re sure that you have questions before you start your kids on their orthodontic journey, which is why we take the time to sit down with you and discuss everything about your child’s orthodontic health and treatment. However, with all of those questions running through you head, we wanted to list a couple of very important questions that you should ask your child’s orthodontist at your first appointment.

When Should My Kids Start Orthodontic Treatment?

The first step in any journey is knowing when and where to start. The good news here is that there is a big time window where you can take your kids the orthodontists for their first examination. The American Association of Orthodontics recommends that you bring your kids to their first appointment with an orthodontist before age 6 or 7. From there the orthodontist will discuss with you when the best time to start orthodontic treatment will be, and what will entail. The best timing for treatment can vary from patient to patient, so make sure you ask this question to get a better idea of a treatment timeline for your kids.

What Types Of Orthodontic Treatment Are Available For My Kids?

A long time ago the only option for kids was the traditional metal braces, but advances in orthodontic technology over the years has led to the development of many different treatment options such as metal braces, clear braces, and more. These treatment options are designed to cater to different needs, so the type of treatment that is best for your kids can vary. Not all orthodontic treatments are a good fit for certain patients, so ask your child’s orthodontist about what kinds of treatments your kids are eligible for.

It may also be necessary for your children to receive additional orthodontic treatment before they get braces, which can include things like palatal expanders or even surgery. Make sure you ask the orthodontist if any of these other treatments will be necessary.

What Can I Do At Home To Teach Them Good Oral Hygiene?

Instilling good oral hygiene habits is one of the best things that you can do for you kids, since it will ensure that their teeth and mouth are healthy in between appointments with the dentist and orthodontist. For some tips about how you can teach your kids these habits and get them to stick, just ask the orthodontist about some things you can try at home.

What Should I Do During An Dental/Orthodontic Emergency?

Any kind of emergency is a stressful event, but knowing what to do ahead of time can help you get control of the situation and find a solution quickly. In the case of orthodontic emergencies like a broken tooth or a braces bracket that came off, your kids’ orthodontist can give you some extremely helpful insight on what to do in the moment.

Contact Us With Your Questions

If you have any more questions about orthodontics for your children, just contact the pediatric orthodontics and dentistry experts at Pedodontics P.C. We’re love helping families build a better future for their kids, so we’ll be more than happy to answer any questions that you may have. To schedule an appointment with us at our local Omaha, NE office, just contact us by phone at 402-330-5913, or by email at [email protected]. We look forward to welcoming you and your kids to the Pedodontics, P.C. family of patients!