How To Support Your Preteen When They Get Braces

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The preteen years are probably the most common time for getting braces, as the shape of your child's adult teeth becomes clear. However, getting braces can be difficult and can worry your preteen. Luckily, there are things you can do to make things easier for them and to support them.

Make Sure They're Feeling Okay

There are many things that preteens worry about when getting braces. For example, they may be worried about how braces might look. In this case, you will have to work on their self-esteem by letting them know they still look great – let them see images of other people with braces looking amazing, and as Very Well Family explains, set a good example by being positive about yourself and your imperfections. They may be worried about pain, in which case you can help them come up with some questions to ask their orthodontist about pain-relief strategies. Whatever they're concerned about, listen closely to their concerns; don't minimise them by assuming it's not a big deal, and try to work out some practical strategies.

Help With Their Oral Hygiene Routine

Your preteen has probably been in control of their oral hygiene routine for a few years, and it can seem strange to suddenly need help. However, it's much more important now, as food can get stuck in their braces and cause tooth decay. They should brush after every meal, so make sure they have a little toothbrush and paste in their school bag for after lunch. Flossing is also vitally important, so teach them how to floss with braces to reduce the risk of tooth decay. As Healthline says, flossing may take around 15 minutes a day. You might have to supervise their brushing and flossing for a few days or weeks, to make sure it's thorough enough – be prepared to spend some time getting it right.

Be Ready For A Brace Emergency

Braces are fairly durable, but in two years of having them, a break is somewhat inevitable, which can cause preteens to panic. Therefore, you need to know what to do in case of a broken wire or other issues. Call your orthodontist and make an appointment as soon as possible, and try a quick strategy in the meantime – Colgate suggests carrying orthodontic wax so that a broken wire doesn't cut your gums or lips, for example. Bear in mind that breaks are a lot more likely if your preteen is eating crunchy or hard foods, such as popcorn kernels, so consider not having these foods in the house so that they aren't tempted.

By being available for emotional support and practical support in learning to care for braces, you can make the process of getting braces as smooth and simple as possible for your preteen. Contact an orthodontics office today to learn more.  


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