Considering braces for your child in 2013?

Evaluating BracesAt Owl Orthodontics, we understand that there are many issues to consider as you evaluate braces for your child. In addition to providing orthodontic care for our patients, we are parents.  Like you, we strive to do the best we can for our children.  Although each situation is unique, there are some common questions on this topic.  We’ll address several of them here to help you navigate this process.

Cost
Many families expect a worst-case scenario, but it won’t be as bad as you think, especially if you factor insurance into the equation.  We offer a variety of ways to pay, and we’d be happy to work with you to find one that works for you and your family.

Types of braces
When today’s parents were younger, braces meant one thing: metal brackets and wires.  Today’s metal braces have been updated quite a bit and they’re smaller and more comfortable.  Although they’re still a very common option, there are other possibilities.

Ceramic braces are clear, so they’re popular among people who prefer to keep their orthodontic care to themselves, but ceramic braces are more delicate than some of the other options.  Damon Brackets have self-ligating wires, which means the wires can move within the brackets.  This makes them more comfortable.

With Invisalign, we make a series of clear plastic aligning trays based on impressions of your child’s teeth.  Your child wears these aligning trays all the time, except during meals and when brushing and flossing the teeth.  With Invisalign, there are no food restrictions and dental hygiene is much less complicated.  InVu braces are ceramic, but they can be more durable than some other types of ceramic braces.  They are clear, which makes them more appealing to patients who would prefer to keep their orthodontic care somewhat private.

Preparing your child
This will be a new experience for your child, so it may be helpful to lay some groundwork.  We’ll go over everything on the first visit, when we will take care of all preliminary matters, including x-rays, explaining options, outlining possible treatment plans, and so on.  You or your child may have specific questions or concerns.  Please let us know if that is the case; we would be happy to address them.

Depending on the type of braces, we may recommend that your child avoid certain foods.  We understand that this can be challenging, but it’s a fact that some foods can damage or even break your child’s brackets.  Please help your child follow our guidelines.

Oral hygiene
It’s very important to brush and floss when wearing braces.  We’ll go over the specifics, including brushing after every meal and before bed.  Please let us know of any questions or concerns on this topic.  Excellent oral hygiene is an important part of achieving an excellent orthodontic result.

Finally, don’t forget that regular visits to the dentist are as important as ever.  With dental cleanings and checkups, your dentist and hygienist can detect any problems early.  Our goal is to help your child have healthy teeth.  We are happy to work with you, your child, and the dentist to reach that goal.  Please contact us with your specific questions.

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