How Can I Prepare My Child for Their First Orthodontic Appointment?

How Can I Prepare My Child for Their First Orthodontic Appointment?

Your child’s general dentist recommended seeing an orthodontist. You have their first orthodontic appointment scheduled, and now it’s time to start preparing your child for the experience.

You want to make sure they feel comfortable and at ease throughout the process, but if you’re not sure where to start, you’re not alone. 

Walied Touni, DDS, MSD, is a board-certified orthodontist at Touni Orthodontics. He and our team specialize in children’s orthodontics in Sunnyvale, California, and we’re here to help you make the experience smoother for both you and your child. Here are some of our favorite tips.

Explain the importance of orthodontic care

To start, we believe it’s essential to explain to your child why they're going to see an orthodontist in the first place. Whether it's for preventive measures or to address specific dental concerns, talk to your child about the importance of orthodontic care.

Focus on the positive things about visiting the orthodontist, like how it can protect their teeth and keep them strong and healthy. Reinforcing these benefits can help shift your child's perspective and alleviate anxiety.

Familiarize them with the process

Take some time to explain what will happen during their first orthodontic appointment. Talk about some of the potential procedures they might need, like dental examinations, X-rays, or even getting impressions taken.

Make sure your child knows they can ask questions and express any concerns they might have about their upcoming orthodontic visit. Talking about their concerns can help demystify the process and calm your child’s nerves.

Choose the right time

Schedule your child’s first orthodontic appointment at a time when they’re well-rested and less likely to be cranky or irritable. Avoid scheduling it immediately after school or during times when they might be hungry or tired, because these factors can affect their mood and overall experience.

Bring comfort items

Allow your child to bring along comfort items, like a favorite toy, blanket, or stuffed animal to help them feel more at ease during the appointment. Having familiar items nearby can provide a sense of security and comfort during unfamiliar situations.

Pick the right orthodontist

Last but not least, it’s essential to choose the right orthodontist for your child. Most orthodontists see plenty of tweens and teens in their offices, but not all have experience working with younger children.

As a pediatric orthodontist, Dr. Touni can provide the specialized attention and expertise your child needs — and our staff strives to create a welcoming and child-friendly environment. We are patient and compassionate, and we take the time to make sure your child feels comfortable at each step in the process.

If your child needs to go to the orthodontist, now is a great time to start preparing them for their first appointment. To set up an appointment and start your child’s orthodontic care in a positive and stress-free way, call our office today or book online at any time.

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