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How Will My Child’s Life Change During Orthodontic Treatment?

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When it comes to orthodontic treatment, at Windermere Orthodontics you can think of us as your child’s smile partner. We are here to help support their orthodontic needs and look out for their oral and overall health. Often we are asked, “How will my child’s life change during orthodontic treatment?”. Treatment can involve different plans for each patient, but overall it should not significantly affect their day to day lives. Some minor changes should be implemented to keep their orthodontic treatment on track and their smiles healthy and strong!

During orthodontic treatment, your child may need to make some minor dietary modifications. These diet changes will help avoid causing damage to their braces or their teeth.   According to the American Association of Orthodontists, children should avoid eating crunchy, chewy, hard and sticky foods, such as taco chips, popcorn, and corn. On a positive note, your child may still enjoy eating some of the foods that they love. Favorite foods patients continue to enjoy include ice-cream, fruit smoothies and frozen yogurt!

Your child can also continue to enjoy their favorite sports or activities. We do advise them to wear a mouthguard to prevent injury to their mouth and damage to their braces. Playing of instruments will also not be affected by braces. There may be a few days of an adjustment period for the lips and tongue to get used to the new appliances, but all gets back to normal in a few days. These small lifestyle adjustments may be temporary, but it will positively affect your child in the long run.

If you have questions regarding lifestyle modifications during orthodontic treatment, please feel free to contact us or visit our office in Suwanee or Cumming.

-Dr. Gorlovsky