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Straight teeth help an individual to effectively bite, chew and speak, as well as contribute to healthy teeth and gums. Properly aligned teeth and jaws may alleviate or prevent physical health problems.

An attractive smile contributes to self-esteem, self-confidence and self-image, important qualities at every age. A pleasing appearance is a vital component of self-confidence. A person's self-esteem often improves as orthodontic treatment brings teeth, lips and face into proportion. In this way, orthodontic treatment can benefit social and career success, as well as improve a person’s general attitude toward life.

Top FAQs about Braces

Will my child need braces? This is an important question for parents to consider as their children grow. However, for parents who have never had braces themselves, or who haven't undertaken the orthodontics journey with a child before, knowing if and when to pursue orthodontics can be challenging. While braces are an important and often necessary part of a child's oral health, there are many questions that arise when considering braces for kids & adults. Consider our top FAQs about braces for additional insight and help your child achieve a healthy smile!

Additional Questions

6. How can my child manage discomfort?

Your child may experience soreness and discomfort for up to a week after their braces are put on. Though this is expected given the added pressure applied to the mouth, this discomfort will subside. To help your child better manage any pain or soreness in the meantime, they may take over-the-counter pain medication as recommended by Dr. Pettinato and eat soft foods like soup, mashed potatoes, and pasta. Children should also avoid chewing gum and biting into hard textures.

7. What can I expect on my first visit for braces?

A child's first visit for braces will be for consultation purposes only. X-rays will be taken to help the dentist make decisions about if and when braces are needed. Some initial visits will involve the creation of a mouth mold, which is made using a gel-filled tray. Children can also expect that a first trip for braces may involve inspection of the teeth and gums, and general questions about any problems chewing or biting. At the end of a first visit, if it's determined a child will need braces, a parent may make an appointment to begin treatment.

8. What foods can I eat with braces?

Kids with braces will find that immediately after their braces are put on, it will be easiest to eat foods soft in texture, like applesauce, macaroni, and pudding. This may be the case after each time adjustments are made, too. Any foods that could loosen the wires of braces, such as gum, nuts, or beef jerky, should also be avoided or limited. Foods like corn on the cob or popcorn, which can easily get stuck between the wires of braces, may also be inconvenient to eat.

9. What should oral hygiene look like with braces?

Kids who wear braces are at a higher risk of developing tartar and gingivitis as a result of food that can collect around the brackets and wires of braces. Kids should increase the frequency of brushing as needed and ensure that flossing occurs at least once a day. Though flossing is more difficult with braces, it can be accomplished with special threading floss. Mouthwashes and toothpastes designed to help fight these diseases may also be warranted.

Is your child ready for braces? If so, A Safari Dental's orthodontist Dr. Frank Pettinato is available to consult with you and your child about their eligibility for braces. A Safari Dental is also happy to answer any questions you may have about the process! Contact us today!

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Dr. Frank Pettinato II
  • Board Certified Pediatric Dentist
  • Masters in Science Degree
  • Diplomate, American Board of Pediatric Dentistry