Some of the biggest concerns for children about to get braces are getting made fun of or that the braces might hurt. These anxieties can make the whole orthodontic process difficult for children and parents alike. By making the process more fun, you can inspire your kids to be excited about your recent investment and make this chapter of their lives enjoyable instead of stressful.
- Create a scrapbook so your child can see their progress over time. Start with a “before” picture and take pictures after each orthodontist visit after so you can actually show them how the braces are working. Encourage your child to write mini-journals or draw pictures to go along with each visit to describe how they are feeling and what they did to take care of their teeth.
- If your child gets metal braces, remind them that they can pick fun colors for the rubber bands that go on their braces – they could get school colors, festive holiday colors, the list goes on. Getting to choose new colors for your braces should be a highlight of each visit.
- Read with your child or let your child read the book Smile by Raina Telgemeier. The story is actually a graphic novel depicting the epic, orthodontic journey of Raina. This award-winning book is fun and answers a lot of questions your child might have about their braces.
- Make a special recipe book full of foods that are great to eat when your child’s mouth is sore from the braces or are recommended for people with braces. You could have smoothies, pudding, soups, pasta, or ice cream recipes. Get creative with it!