What Your Child Should Expect (Before and After Braces)

When children or teenagers are told that they need braces, it can be exhilarating, yet scary. Before your first appointment, you may have no idea what to expect but you should be excited to have straight and beautiful teeth in our not so distant future. It can take time for the final results with a lot of ups and downs, but you will be thankful for down the long road because you will have newfound confidence with your straightened teeth. Here are a few things to expect before you make an appointment with your doctor. What your child should expect before and after braces. 




Educate Yourself

When the patients find out that they need to choose an option for adjusting their teeth, it can feel overwhelming and they’ll find themselves asking questions like, “Will it drastically changes the way I look?” or “What will it feel like?” Do some research on what to expect so the surprises will be limited and the patient can conquer each difficulty step by step. Thankfully, the Internet has thousands of websites with information that is easily accessible.




Expect to Have Some Discomfort

The patients should prepare themselves for some pain and discomfort for the first few weeks after the procedure. Their teeth will be very sore to the touch, which will make eating anything solid pretty painful. It’s best to stick to soft foods like jello, soups, ice cream, etc. Physical sports like football and soccer might be a challenge as well. Imagine a team player kicking the soccer ball and it hits you directly in the mouth or having a three hundred pound football player tackling you to the ground.

Having that happen hurts enough as is, but when your mouth is sore to the point where solids can’t easily be ingested, the pain is worse. Patients should be prepared to make some adjustments to their daily life accordingly. After the first few weeks have passed, they can resume daily activities without a problem.

Know That there are Other Options

While braces are the most common method for straightening patients’ teeth, some children opt for Invisalign and find themselves adjusting more easily than having a mouth full of uncomfortable wires and brackets. Invisalign is very similar to a retainer that can comfortably go in and out of the mouth.

The pros of choosing this method are:

  • They are completely invisible, so no one would know that the patient is actively getting straighter teeth.
  • They are typically worn around the clock but can be removed so the patient can brush their teeth, floss, eat, and attend special events, whereas braces cannot be removed and make it harder to do all that’s listed above and more.
  • With Invisalign, the patient has the possibility to have straightened teeth in half the time. Though that is not the case for everyone, this would be a great option for children or teenagers that want to have straight teeth before prom or a certain party or event that holds special meaning for them.
  • By choosing this route, the patient would be choosing comfort. There are no wires or brackets that could potentially cut the gums or mouth. It is extremely easy to put in and take out.

The cons include the following:

  • The patients have to have strong willpower. Since they could take the appliance out at any time, they will have to keep it in for as long as the orthodontist tells them and follow their instructions to a tee. This could potentially be difficult for times when there’s a lot of discomfort due to the movement of the teeth.
  • The results are not as predictable and can sometimes take a few more adjustments before the patients would no longer have to wear them. So patience is essential if they choose this option.

Overall, there are pros and cons to both methods for straightening a person’s teeth. It just depends on what the patients are willing to do and what they are comfortable with.



Learn More At Childers Orthodontics

At Childers Orthodontics in Illinois, our orthodontist can examine your teeth to determine if you need treatment with Damon System braces or Invisalign aligners. Children, teenagers, and adults can have an examination to learn more about straightening their teeth. We offer appointments at these locations:

• Herrin – 618-997-1800
• Harrisburg – 618-252-0770
• Benton – 618-997-1800

You can have your orthodontic devices created with robotic SureSmile equipment to have the best treatment possible for your teeth. Dr. Kyle R. Childers offers iTero archwires, AcceleDent Aura devices and Propel procedures to reduce the amount of time required for wearing orthodontic devices. Call us to schedule your first orthodontic evaluation.

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What Your Child Should Expect Before and After Braces

Childers Orthodontics

201 West Washington
Benton, IL 62812
Phone: (618) 438-2815


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