How can I prepare my child prepare for metal braces?

Your child's orthodontist should explain to him what metal braces are. The orthodontist will first assess your child's mouth, diagnosing bite and teeth problems, and will create a treatment plan. Your child's orthodontist may be able to create a computer representation of the entire process so your child will be prepared for each phase of treatment.

Your child must understand that by correcting bite issues, he can prevent premature wearing down of tooth surfaces and improve his speech patterns. He will also be able to bite and chew properly.

Your child must commit to following his orthodontist's instructions while he has metal braces and after, when he may have to wear additional corrective devices to ensure long-term success.

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