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How to Support a Child with New Braces Philadelphia, PA
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New braces can be a big adjustment for kids and teens, not to mention a big investment for parents. The path can be sometimes challenging, but with the right support and encouragement, it is possible for kids to beautifully adjust to new braces. Find out how you can help your child navigate a new set of rules and responsibilities to minimize stress and maximize treatment success.

Why Dietary and Cleaning Instructions for New Braces Matter

When your child’s braces are applied, their orthodontist will provide a list of instructions, both dietary and cleaning related. While it can seem overly restrictive at first blush, it’s important these instructions are followed carefully in order for the outcome to be successful. The entire goal of orthodontics is to navigate the process for a healthier, straighter smile at the finish line, and getting there can sometimes be challenging. Still, it’s vital for parents and caregivers to take particularly the dietary instructions to heart. Being mindful of your child’s braces when packing lunches or preparing family meals is a very important part of supporting the process, because this adjustment is often one of the most difficult for kids with new braces.

Depending on your child’s age, you may need to take a more active role in their cleaning routine until they adjust to the changes. Before braces, tooth brushing was simple and straightforward. After braces, new, specially designed brushes to get between wires and around brackets are introduced to the equation and it can be overwhelming. Older kids and teens aren’t likely to let you take a hands-on role in cleaning, but it’s important to supervise as much as possible until good cleaning habits are more established.

The Emotional Adjustment to New Braces

It’s no secret braces are often physically uncomfortable and a bit more frustrating to clean than teeth before braces. What can often be overlooked is the emotional discomfort of life with new braces. Teasing from peers and classmates, frustration over new changes that come with orthodontia and missing the ease of eating their favorite, now-forbidden foods can all coalesce into pretty big feelings. You know orthodontia is far more likely to be successful when kids are compliant with care guidelines, and you know a frustrated tween or teen is less likely to be compliant with anything.

Broad Street Braces understands that orthodontia can be a tough adjustment and is here to help support kids and parents alike through the journey. Call or contact us today to schedule an appointment for more compassionate, patient-centered orthodontics.

Posted on behalf of Broad Street Braces

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Our Patient Reviews

Broad Street Braces

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Based on 387 reviews

Felicia W

Excellent staff, excellent service with trusty expertise. It was overall a great experience for my son and myself. We are highly satisfied with all the services performed today.

Alisa O

I am pleased with this Orthodontist location because they are very prompt with appointments. It's never a long wait. The staff is kind and willing to fix misunderstandings quickly. They actually play relaxing music in the office. My favorite staff member is Trinh because she answers questions gracefully. Trinh always greets me with a smile. Glad I chose this dental office.

Phuong H

Really nice office. Very clean and modern. Everyone is friendly, especially Trinh. She is great. Love taking my son here.

Refie H

The staff is really friendly, very satisfied with the service. The place is cozy, and also clean, seriously I recommend it to anyone who wanted to have the braces on

Kevin A

My mom received THE BEST service here. Consultations & visits were a breeze & the staff was always so kind. Their bilingual employee, Sara, was very helpful because my mom only speaks Spanish.

Hung C

This is my son’s first time here. This Office is very nice and very professional. Great service. Mrs. Trinh did an excellent job helping us translate Vietnamese. She is really nice and did a great job! Thank you so much!

Angela D

Great experience!! welcoming and good at what they do. Ask for amanda- she's the best!

Thang N

Many friends told me that Trinh always does a great job and I am very lucky today to have her put my braces on! They look great. I am looking forward to coming back for my second appoinment. The treatment coordinator, Rachel is very friendly and welcoming. She is awesome. I would recommend anyone who is interested in braces to come to Broad Street Braces. You would love Dr. Neil!