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How should I prepare my child for their first visit to the orthodontist?

Our dentists at SmileTown Burnaby always do our best to keep your child at ease during their appointments. However, our dentists would still like to share some advice to help you and your child know how you can prepare for their first orthodontist visit. 

At SmileTown Burnaby, we not only welcome children to our practice, but we also design our patient experience and environment to help them kids feel as comfortable as possible.

While orthodontists understand the importance of early orthodontic assessment for kids, this is likely still a new experience for you and your child. In this post, you’ll learn about what you and your child can expect to help them prepare for their first orthodontist visit.

When to Bring Your Child to an Orthodontist

Every child is unique, and while there isn’t a specific age at which kids should start orthodontic treatment, most orthodontists would suggest that children have their initial assessment by the time they turn seven.

While actual treatment with braces or Invisalign may not start until later, your orthodontist can start to check the alignment of your child’s teeth and provide recommendations on any treatment your child may need in the future.

Preparing for Your Child's First Visit

Once you know it’s time to schedule their first visit, you can take the following steps to help their first visit run smoothly.

Research Orthodontists in Your Area

You might consider asking for recommendations from people you trust or scouring online reviews for orthodontists in your area who treat children. You might also ask for a referral from your family dentist, though we do accept patients without referrals.

Help Your Child Prepare for What They Can Expect

It's common for both parents and children to be a bit nervous when it's time to visit the dentist or orthodontist. Once you’ve chosen your orthodontist, discuss what you and your child can expect at that first appointment.

We want your child to feel at ease with us, from the moment they walk in the door for their first appointment, until the day their treatment is completed.

Meeting Your Child’s Orthodontist

At that first appointment, the orthodontist will examine your child’s mouth, take some X-rays and explain any treatment options. You might also explain why this appointment is necessary for your child’s oral health and that you’ll either be there in the waiting room or can come in with them to meet their orthodontist.

Once your child understands that there’s nothing to fear and that visiting the orthodontist can be a fun experience, they will likely feel much more comfortable.

Is it time for your child to visit the orthodontist? Contact our dentists at Smile Town Burnaby to book an appointment today!

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