Even if you have a basic understanding of children’s dental health and the need for orthodontic treatment; you may wonder what to expect when it comes to the treatment process itself. At Alliston Orthodontics & Oral Surgery, we can help ensure that your child has a positive experience. In this post, we will discuss these topics in more detail and provide some useful information about children’s orthodontic treatment.
Dental Orthodontics Treatment for Kids: Getting Started
If your child is beginning orthodontic treatment, you may have a lot of new information to absorb. At Alliston Orthodontics & Oral Surgery, we understand that every patient is unique and has their own specific needs and concerns. Your and your child’s comfort are our top priorities, and we are here to guide you through the orthodontic care process and answer any questions you may have.
We recognize that some families may want to take things slowly at first, while others may be ready to get started right away. Whatever your needs and preferences, we are happy to discuss them and find a way to accommodate them.
Before your child’s first appointment, we will meet with you one or two times to address any preliminary questions and begin building a strong partnership. This helps you feel more comfortable trusting us with your child’s orthodontic care.
During your child’s first appointment, we will get to know them and their specific needs. If you or your child are feeling overwhelmed or stressed, we will take a break or use some of our tried-and-true strategies to help calm them down.
At Alliston Orthodontics & Oral Surgery, we take a holistic approach to children’s orthodontic care. This means we consider a range of factors, including your child’s lifestyle, unique needs, personality, and more, when designing a customized treatment plan. Our team will be with you every step of the way to address any concerns you may have throughout the duration of your child’s treatment.
Orthodontic Treatment: What It Is & How We Can Help
The orthodontic teams at Alliston Orthodontics & Oral Surgery believe that everyone deserves a healthy smile. At our practice, we assess growth patterns, airway issues, and dento-facial balance to determine whether your child can benefit from treatment. Orthodontic treatment can help straighten teeth and improve their appearance and function, as well as promote overall health and well-being.
Depending on your child’s orthodontic issue, age, lifestyle, health condition, and other factors, they may be prescribed a custom-made orthodontic appliance such as a palatal expander, braces, or Invisalign clear aligners. Our practice uses a non-invasive, two-phase approach to treating orthodontic issues in children and teens, which allows us to diagnose and treat issues early and potentially guide jaw growth. For teens, we can then use a more traditional orthodontic approach once the jaw has fully developed and adult teeth are in place.
After your child’s early orthodontic assessment, they may be recommended for preventative treatment to correct their issue and minimize the need for surgery or extractions in the future. At Alliston Orthodontics & Oral Surgery, we are committed to helping your child achieve a healthy, beautiful smile.
Small Elements Can Help Foster a Smoother Orthodontic Experience
At our practice, we strive to ensure that your child’s orthodontic treatment is successful and that the experience is a positive one. In addition to correctly diagnosing your child’s orthodontic issue and recommending the appropriate treatment options, we understand that small things like offering flexible hours and appointment reminders can make a big difference in helping you and your child manage the process.
To support you throughout your child’s treatment, we will assign you a Treatment Coordinator who will handle scheduling future appointments and discussing payment plans and other financial arrangements. This can help you figure out how to fit your child’s orthodontic treatment into your budget. We are committed to helping your child achieve a healthy, beautiful smile and to making the process as smooth and stress-free as possible.
How to Not Be Scared of the Orthodontist or Dentist
It is common for children to feel anxious or nervous about visiting the dentist or orthodontist. They may wonder why they are scared and what to expect during the appointment. They may also be unsure about meeting a team of new people, including an orthodontist who will be examining their smile and using equipment that they may not be familiar with. They may also be worried about whether orthodontic treatment will be painful.
At our practice, we understand that children may feel anxious or nervous about their visit, and we are here to address any concerns you or your child may have. Our team has a variety of tools and techniques to help demystify the orthodontic experience and make it less intimidating. We will explain each step of the assessment and show your child the equipment we will be using, as well as take breaks if they are feeling overwhelmed during their visit. Our goal is to make the orthodontic experience as comfortable and stress-free as possible for your child.
If you have questions about beginning orthodontic treatment for your child, Alliston Orthodontics & Oral Surgery is here to help. Contact us for a consultation. We will be happy to provide you with more information about how we can support you and your child during the treatment process. Don’t hesitate to reach out to us any time!