For millions of families around the country, braces and childhood tend to go together. Parents of multiples are not exempt from the questions about what life with braces will be like for their children; even identical children may have different teeth by the time they are ready for orthodontics. Common questions range from when kids should first see the orthodontist to what types of food are off limits. The more parents know what to expect, the less they will fear the process and will be able to help their children get the most out of their treatment.
As a father of twins who are not quite ready for orthodontics yet, my first-hand experience is with their 12-year old sister. Looking forward to the twins, their teeth are very different, so they will certainly require different treatment – just as even twins are individuals their orthodontics will need to be considered independently. Here are some of the things that every parent should know before their child gets braces:
How do I pick a doctor??
Opt for an orthodontist, since they are specialists in straightening teeth and have had two to three years of additional training beyond dental school. Meet with the doctor to determine if they will be a good fit for your family.
When is the right time to see an orthodontist?
Many people are unsure when a child should see an orthodontist. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children see an orthodontist no later than the age of seven.
My twins have straight teeth. I’m fine right?
Even children who have straight teeth should still be evaluated by an orthodontist. There may be a problem with their teeth that can be detected by the doctor. Early treatment helps to guide proper jaw growth, correct harmful habits, and help guide teeth, and even shape one’s face.
What is this going to cost me?
The cost of braces varies greatly based on the type of braces your child will require and where you’re located. Many parents question how they’ll be able to afford braces for their children. Keep in mind that some orthodontist offices offer payment plans, making it worthwhile to check into what options are available. There are also various types of braces available, so discuss them with the orthodontist to determine the best one for your child and invest in their future smile.
Will it hurt?
Getting braces is going to create some discomfort, especially when your twins first get them. They can cause sores in the mouth. To help, choose soft foods, such as soup, pasta and bananas for the few days after first getting braces. If there is still a high level of discomfort after a few days and it doesn’t go away with ibuprofen or acetaminophen, call your orthodontist.
How do my twins take care of them once they get them?
Talk to your orthodontist about proper care of their braces. They’ll need to brush regularly and use a Waterpik to flush out the food particles that can get caught between braces and teeth. They should also avoid sticky foods. With proper care and by scheduling regular orthodontia checkups, They can keep their teeth healthy while braces are in place.
Remember, getting braces shouldn’t be a scary process. Helping you and your twins know the answers to some of these questions ahead of time is just what the doctor ordered!
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