Why might my child have problems wearing metal braces?

Your child might not like wearing metal braces because she finds them unattractive. It will take your child some time to adjust to speaking with metal braces on her teeth. Your child’s cheeks will also rub against the braces, possibly catching on them on occasion. Your child’s teeth and mouth might feel sore after the orthodontist periodically adjusts the metal braces.

Food can get trapped in the brackets, which can be embarrassing. To avoid breaking her braces, your child must avoid sticky foods, like gum and sticky caramels, and hard foods, like apples and crusty bread. Orthodontists also recommend drinking less soda and fruit juice, which can damage the braces.

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