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Tips For Helping Kids Wear And Keep Track Of Orthodontic Appliances


Posted on 5/1/2024 by Great Grins for KIDS
Preteen with braces done at Great Grins for KIDS - Portland in Portland, OROrthodontic appliances, like braces and retainers, play a crucial role in achieving a healthy and beautiful smile. However, for children, wearing and keeping track of these devices can be a challenge. As a pediatric dentist, I understand the difficulties parents and children face in this regard. In this blog, I will share some practical tips to help your child wear and keep track of their orthodontic appliances.

Understanding the Importance of Compliance:

Before diving into the tips, it's essential to understand why compliance with wearing and caring for orthodontic appliances is crucial. Consistent wear ensures efficient and timely teeth movement, leading to a successful treatment outcome. Additionally, proper care prevents damage to the appliances and reduces the need for repairs or replacements.

Tips for Successful Appliance Wear:

•  Set Realistic Expectations: Discuss with your child the importance of wearing the appliance as instructed. Explain that it may take some time to adjust, but consistent wear will lead to the desired results.
•  Create a Routine: Establish a routine for putting on and taking off the appliance. This could involve setting alarms or using visual cues like brushing their teeth.
•  Make it Fun: Let your child choose colorful rubber bands or decorate their retainer case to make the experience more enjoyable.
•  Positive Reinforcement: Praise and reward your child for consistently wearing their appliance. This could be in the form of extra playtime, a special treat, or a sticker chart.

Tips for Keeping Track of Appliances:

•  Designated Storage: Assign a specific place, like a container or hook, for the appliance when it's not being worn. This will help avoid misplacing it.
•  Label Everything: Clearly label the appliance case or container with your child's name and contact information. This is especially helpful if the appliance gets lost at school or during extracurricular activities.
•  Regular Check-ins: Regularly check your child's backpack, pockets, and other common areas where they might have placed the appliance.
•  Buddy System: Encourage your child to keep track of their appliance with a friend or sibling. This can help them stay accountable and remind each other.

Additional Considerations:

•  Communicate with the Orthodontist: If your child is having difficulty wearing or keeping track of their appliance, talk to their orthodontist. They can provide additional guidance and support.
•  Be Patient and Understanding: Adjusting to orthodontic appliances takes time and effort. Be patient with your child and offer encouragement throughout the process.

Remember, successful orthodontic treatment requires a team effort. By working together, you and your child can achieve a healthy and beautiful smile.

My daughter was a little nervous to have her dental work done but everyone in the office was super friendly and very reassuring and that helped her nervousness go away. Thanks for the excellent dental experience. ~ Lilyana G.


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