01 Sep How to Have A Positive Experience At The Orthodontist For Your Child
You may be familiar with the general principles of children’s dental health and the need for orthodontic treatment, but what can you expect when you begin the process and how can our orthodontic team in Whitby ensure a positive experience for your child? In today’s post, we will explore these questions.
Starting Orthodontic Treatment for Children: A Guide
If your child is starting orthodontic treatment, you may have many questions and concerns. At Taunton Orthodontics, we understand that each patient is unique and we prioritize your and your child’s comfort. We will meet with you one or two times before your child’s appointment to address any initial questions and establish a strong partnership. During the first appointment, we will get to know your child and their needs. If you or your child feel overwhelmed, we have strategies to help them feel calmer. Our team takes a holistic approach to care and will create a custom treatment plan for your child, being available to address any concerns throughout the treatment process.
Understanding Orthodontic Treatment: A Guide to What It Is and How We Can Assist
At our practice, we believe that everyone deserves a healthy smile. Our orthodontic teams assess growth patterns, airway issues, and dentofacial balance to determine whether your child can benefit from treatment. Orthodontic treatment can straighten teeth for improved appearance and function, as well as promote overall health and well-being.
Depending on your child’s specific orthodontic issue, age, lifestyle, and health condition, treatment may involve a custom-made orthodontic appliance such as a palatal expander, braces, or Invisalign clear aligners.
Our two-phase approach allows us to diagnose and treat issues early, potentially guide jaw growth, and align teens’ smiles through more traditional orthodontic methods once the jaw has fully developed and adult teeth are present. At the end of the assessment, preventative treatment may be recommended to address your child’s issue and minimize the need for future surgery or extractions.
Seamless Orthodontic Experience: Small Steps Can Make a Big Difference
At Taunton Orthodontics, our goal is to ensure that your child’s orthodontic treatment is successful and the experience is positive. In addition to accurately diagnosing the issue and recommending the best treatment option(s), we also recognize that small considerations, such as offering flexible appointment times and providing appointment reminders, can make a significant difference in helping you and your child navigate the process.
You will also have a treatment coordinator to schedule future appointments and discuss payment and financial arrangements to fit orthodontic treatment into your budget.
Overcoming Fear of the Orthodontist or Dentist: Tips for a Comfortable Visit
It’s natural for children to feel anxious or nervous about visiting the dentist or orthodontist. They may be meeting new people and encountering unfamiliar equipment and may be concerned about the potential for discomfort during treatment.
At Taunton Orthodontics, we understand these concerns and have strategies in place to address any anxiety or nervousness you or your child may have. Our team will explain each step of the assessment and demonstrate the equipment to be used, and we are always happy to take breaks if your child becomes overwhelmed. Our goal is to demystify the orthodontic experience and make it as comfortable as possible.
If you have questions about starting orthodontic treatment for your child, Taunton Orthodontics is here to help. Contact us for a consultation to learn more about how we can support you.