Brace Your Child for What Seems Like the Inevitable
While it isn’t written in stone, there is a good likelihood if you have children in the house that one or all of them may need to visit the orthodontist before they leave the nest to head off to college one day.
Braces, the objects that scare some kids silly; have become much friendlier and better looking in recent decades.
That said they are still traumatic for some kids growing up, worrying them that they will be poked fun of by their friends.
So, how do you convince your child that going to the orthodontist is simply not the end of the world?
Actually, the answer is quite simple.
You inform him or her (sometimes both) that a visit now to the orthodontist is worth decades of healthy looking teeth and some awesome smiles.
Smile When You Find the Right Orthodontist
In order for you (and your children for that matter) to locate the right orthodontic care, keep these tidbits in mind:
- Background – For starters, you only want your child getting the best care possible. With countless orthodontic services out there, how do you secure the best orthodontist possible? Check to see how long he or she has been in business. You can use the Internet (see more below) to get some details, but word-of-mouth referrals are just as good if not better. If you’re a parent who keeps in relatively close contact with other parents, you are bound to know another child or children going through braces. Asking the parents who they would recommend never hurts;
- Customer service – In searching for the best orthodontist for your child, customer service can never be taken for granted. It is important that your child is comfortable and relaxed around the person who is going to be caring for their teeth (other than their regular dentist) for several years to come. Do they have a good personality to put kids at ease? Does their staff also have a sound rapport with kids? If there is a problem and/or emergency with the braces, can the office work your child in right away? These are all matters that you want answered over time;
- Pricing – Along with making sure their child gets the best orthodontic care, another major matter of interest to parents is what the initial and final costs will be for braces and any follow-up care. While some insurance plans offer help for orthodontic care, the prices one ultimately pays can certainly vary from family to family. Look to see if you can get a payment plan approved with the orthodontic office you choose, thereby avoiding a major charge all at once. Finally, check to see the approximate timetable your child will need braces to help you gauge what the overall costs will be;
- Internet and social media – Even though many parents (and their kids) will find an orthodontist through people they know and/or recommendations in the communities they reside in, turning to the Internet and social media is not a bad idea either. With the advent of the worldwide web, many orthodontists are prevalent on the Internet, along with having social media sites. The latter can be good for parents (and their children) to see what other consumers are saying about various orthodontic near where you live. Yes, those comments should be taken with a grain of salt, especially if some families did not have the best of experience with their choice of orthodontists. In the end, you and your kids have to determine which office (and its staff) will provide the best care at the best price.
Just like going to the dentist, you never want your children to be afraid when they walk in an orthodontic office for their first appointment.
Although the idea of wearing braces at first might be a little scary and not all that popular with your child, he or she is all but guaranteed to greatly benefit from the decision to have them for several years.
Your child may not immediately thank you for signing off on braces when they’re young, but looking at the decision years down the road, you all will have something to look back on and smile about.