How early is too early? How late is too late? These are questions parents often ask regarding orthodontic treatment for their child. One thing we know for sure is: obtaining orthodontic treatment earlier can mean less treatment later. The American Association of Orthodontics recommends that children see an orthodontist by age seven. This determines if treatment is needed now, in the future, or not at all.

Tips To Help Make Treatment Easier

1. Brush your teeth after eating.

2. Floss every day before bed. Use a floss threader to make it easier. If flossing is difficult, try a Waterpik.

3. Use a hydrogen peroxide mouthwash. Be sure to focus on your gums and cheeks to reduce inflammation.

4. No hard and sticky foods or food you have to bite like apples and corn on the cob.

5. Parents should oversee the cleaning routine.

6. Clean any removable devices after eating.

Take Advantage of Elastics

1. Help to correct bite issues by connecting the top and bottom teeth.

2. Improve the way you chew.

3. Aligns the jaw.

4. They come in many fun colors.

Give Yourself Time To Adjust

1. The soreness goes away.

2. Eat soft foods at first.

3. If your braces feel really tight rinse with ice water. Don’t eat the ice!

4. You are not alone. Everyone survives braces.

5. Take pain medicine if needed and eat cold ice cream.

Don’t Forget Your Check-Up Appointments

1. Skipping appointments makes treatment longer.

2. Check-ups ensure that the treatment is working.

3. At check-ups, adjustments are made so treatment progresses.

4. Parents need to ensure these appointments are kept, even if their teen is driving themselves.