The American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) recommends that children have their first visit to an orthodontist no later than the age of seven. Parents of small children know that new experiences are often seen as "scary." If you'll be taking your tot to their first orthodontic consultation soon, here's what you can do to prepare:
- Keep a positive attitude – If you have any fears about dentists or orthodontists, you need to keep them to yourself. Kids often take their cues from their parents, so if you're anxious, they will be too. Try to emphasize that going to an orthodontist is something that you do to make sure that your teeth are healthy.
- See your general dentist regularly – By keeping your appointments with your general dentist, your child will get used to the idea of having oral examinations. When they finally see an orthodontist, they'll almost be a professional!
- Stop into the office – This will depend on the rules of your orthodontist's practice, but consider dropping by for an early visit a few days before the actual appointment. Your child can meet the orthodontist and the office staff and see that there is nothing to be afraid of.
In addition to the above, don't be afraid to ask a friend or relative to come along with you especially if you have a nervous child.