Department of Dentistry | Preparing Your Child for Braces

Children are first seen in our clinic for an orthodontic evaluation, at which time X-rays may be taken. During this appointment you will find out if your child needs braces. If it is time to begin orthodontic treatment, a second visit will be needed to take additional X-rays, photographs and impressions of your child's mouth. This will allow the orthodontist to measure your child's mouth and decide the best course of treatment.

Additional visits

Depending on the type of orthodontic treatment needed, it will take several visits to prepare your child for orthodontic treatment and to put the braces on.

After the braces have been placed, a return visit is needed every 4-8 weeks to adjust them and to monitor treatment.

Oral hygiene and braces

Children with braces should brush their teeth after every meal. It is recommended that children hold the toothbrush at a 45 degree angle and brush along the gum line. Brushing often and properly, in addition to dental cleanings every six months, is important to reduce the risk of cavities and gingivitis (bleeding of swollen gums).

Children should also floss at least once a day. We recommend the use of floss threaders in conjunction with standard floss or super floss to help floss under and between brackets and wires.

On the day your child has his or her braces put on, detailed instructions will be given on brushing, flossing and diet.

Braces maintenance

Orthodontic appliances must be in place and intact at all times for the treatment to work properly. If your child's bands, brackets or wires break, please contact our office for an appointment as soon as possible. If your child's wires break and your child is experiencing some discomfort, we recommend that you use wax to cover the sharp end of the wire.

During treatment your child may wear elastic bands to aid in tooth movement. If your child runs out of elastics or misplaces them, please contact our department and we will be happy to mail more elastics to you. Please remember that children need to wear their elastics at all times. 


Help us help you!

In order to provide you with the best orthodontic care possible, it is important that your child:

  • attends all scheduled appointments
  • maintains good oral hygiene
  • takes proper care of his/her orthodontic appliances