A Parent’s Guide to Orthodontics for Young Children

A Parent’s Guide to Orthodontics for Young Children

Orthodontic treatment can help straighten teeth and correct misaligned bites, which can improve a child’s oral health and self-esteem. If your child is in need of orthodontic treatment, you may have a lot of questions about what to expect and how to best support your child during the process. Here’s a guide to help you navigate your child’s orthodontic treatment: 

Understand the treatment process: It’s important to have a clear understanding of what the treatment process will involve. This may include initial consultation and evaluation, the placement of braces or other orthodontic appliances, and regular check-ups and adjustments. Your orthodontist will be able to provide you with more specific details about your child’s treatment plan. 

Prepare your child for treatment: Helping your child understand what to expect during treatment can make the process less intimidating. Encourage your child to ask questions and share any concerns they may have with their orthodontist. You can also find age-appropriate books or videos about orthodontic treatment to help your child feel more prepared. 

Help your child maintain good oral hygiene: Orthodontic treatment requires extra attention to oral hygiene to prevent tooth decay and gum disease. Make sure your child brushes their teeth twice a day and flosses daily to remove plaque and food particles from around the braces or other appliances. Your orthodontist can provide you with specific instructions on how to care for your child’s teeth and appliances. 

Encourage your child to follow the treatment plan: It’s important for your child to follow the treatment plan prescribed by the orthodontist to achieve the best possible results. Encourage your child to wear their appliances as directed and to attend all scheduled appointments. 

Support your child’s emotional well-being: Orthodontic treatment can be a long and sometimes challenging process. It’s important to encourage your child and offer support and understanding throughout treatment. If your child is feeling self-conscious about their appearance, try to focus on the positive aspects of treatment and remind them that the end result will be a healthier, more attractive smile. 

By following these tips, you can help your child navigate their orthodontic treatment and achieve a healthy, beautiful smile. 

Schedule an Appointment Today! 

Doctor Watson and his staff are always happy to welcome new patients to the family! To determine the best course of action for orthodontic treatment, we recommend coming in for a consultation at your earliest convenience. To request an appointment, visit our website and fill out an appointment request form! We look forward to meeting you. 

Adult Orthodontics for Beginners

Adult Orthodontics for Beginners: A Personal Guide

Orthodontic treatment is something most people believe is reserved for kids and teenagers. What most people don’t realize, however, is that your adult teeth are not fully grown until age 25. That means many adults go years without realizing they need treatment. Getting started with the right orthodontist can seem intimidating, but luckily, it’s become easier than ever before. 

Why Adult Orthodontics is Needed

Adult Orthodontics is more common than people think. It can be because of a bad bite, also known as malocclusion, where teeth fit together incorrectly. Another common problem is that teeth are overcrowded or spaced apart, which leads to tooth decay or gum disease. Some people come in because of jaw pain or pressure, which is also caused by crooked teeth. Whether you are suffering from one of these conditions or want to improve your smile, adults have several options for orthodontic treatment available nowadays.  

Common Treatments for Adult Orthodontics

Most adults are driven away by the idea of having metal braces. They think back to their adolescence, when extensive headgear was mandatory in some cases. What many don’t realize is that today’s treatment options offer new varieties of braces that are comfortable and aesthetically pleasing. This includes clear braces, ceramic braces, self-ligating, and invisible aligners such as Invisalign. All of these newer options are customizable to meet every patient’s needs. 

Benefits of Adult Orthodontics

If you are unsure of whether visiting an orthodontist as an adult is right for you, consider these points: 

  • Oral Health- Teeth that are aligned properly are easier to maintain. Flossing and brushing come much easier and prevents future problems down the line. 
  • Confidence- Having a straight smile can give you a boost of self-confidence, aiding you in your quality of life and overall health. 
  • Less Risk- Untreated dental problems almost always leads to more severe cases. We always recommend you see a professional as soon as possible.  

Schedule a Visit 

At Watson Orthodontics, we welcome all ages for orthodontic care. The best way to know whether braces are right for you is to schedule a visit. Click here to request an appointment today.