Introducing a Child to The Orthodontist for The a First Time

Bringing a child to the orthodontist in Mesa AZ for the first time can be a dramatic experience for the child itself, the parent, and even the orthodontist. Children aren’t used to having someone look into and fiddle around with their teeth and having this suddenly done can be challenging. Parents who are able to manage the first visit to the best orthodontist, can greatly also reduce the stress and anxiety that is likely to arise during their first ortho appointment.

The first step that can greatly improve a child’s first orthodontic visit is to schedule a non-appointment. Basically, this is a trip to the doctor where your child can meet the orthodontist and maybe have a cursory appointment without an extensive investigation. By doing this your child will likely learn that there is nothing to be scared of when visiting a orthodontist and this initial investigatory appointment will make the next meeting much easier.

Be sure to talk to your child about the importance of brushing his teeth regularly and having regular teeth cleanings done at the dentistry. Tell your child that a doctor takes care of your teeth and the orthodontic visit will likely not seem to be too daunting as a result. Discussing with your child the process is a great way to make them feel as if having an orthodontist appointment is not too significant. In addition, consider having your child sit in on your orthodontic appointment to see what it is like and so they can see that the appointment is not too scary. Of course, be sure to avoid bringing them into the room if you are having a tooth extraction or other serious orthodontic procedure but a routine appointment should be calming.

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Finally, consider having yourself perform a mock orthodontic appointment. Sit your child on a high chair and brush and floss his or her teeth to show them what it is like. Use a mirror and look at their mouth. By doing so you will get them used to what visiting a doctor will be like and will help the orthodontist appointment from being scary.

The first orthodontic trip will likely not be an enjoyable experience but by being proactive and taking these basic steps you can help your child from having a particularly traumatic experience. If all else fails, promise them a lollipop or a treat after their orthodontic appointment. That seems to be the classic orthodontic standby.