Getting braces can be an exciting time for kids, but they can also experience feelings of uneasiness and anxiousness. These feelings can come if kids don’t have all the answers to their questions and don’t know what to expect. At Burrow & Welchel Orthodontics, we want the orthodontic experience to be pleasant and exciting. Here are our top tips to help parents prepare their kids for braces.

Step 1: Find the best orthodontist for your child

We recommend parents bring their children to an orthodontist for consultation around the ages of 7 to 11 years old. Our initial consultations are free! It may sound early, but if we see your child at this age we can make better plans for their orthodontic care as their mouths finish developing.

When you are looking for an orthodontist, some important considerations are what type of treatments they offer, their practice location, and their office hours. For example, we offer many different treatment options like traditional braces, clear braces, and Invisalign. We have three convenient office locations, and we do our best to ensure you’ll never have to miss work or school with our appointment times.Of course, you also want to work with an orthodontist who is experienced. All orthodontists are dentists, but orthodontists go beyond the initial training to specialize in orthodontics. At our practice, Dr. Jack Burrow, Dr. Sam Burrow, and Dr. Britney Welchel are all board-certified by the American Board of Orthodontics (ABO). Combined we have decades of experience and have improved over 20,000 smiles!

Step 2: Tell your child what to expect

It can be helpful to tell your child what to expect with the orthodontic process. Here are some of the basics.

When you and your child come to our office for an appointment, you’ll be greeted by our friendly staff. During the consultation, our team will take photos and x-rays and one of our orthodontists will look at their teeth and bite. They will determine the best course of action and treatment options.

Once your child has braces, we’ll meet on a regular basis to continue perfecting their smile! Treatment lengths vary, and it’s something we’ll talk about during the consultation.

Braces should not affect your child’s life very much. For example, there are only a few foods we recommend avoiding. Additionally, there may be some discomfort initially as your child gets used to the brackets or aligners. But we have tips to help make that experience more pleasant.

Step 3: Ask the orthodontist all of your questions

As you are explaining the process to your child, you or your child could come up with questions you don’t have answers to. That’s ok! We have the answers and we wrote them in our new book, The Orthodontic Answer Book.

You are also welcome to call our team with your questions or bring them to your appointments. If your child has questions, they can ask us! We are working on their smile and want to neutralize any worries or concerns.

We hope that with these tips, your child can be excited about the orthodontic journey. Please reach out today if you have questions or would like to schedule your free consultation: https://www.charlotteorthodontists.com/