It's no secret that for most little kids, going a New York City orthodontist for the first time can be a bit scary, especially if they don't know what to expect. As a parent, it's your job to keep them calm. However, this can be hard to do if you aren't sure what the primary appointment will entail. Luckily, the information below will provide a general overview of what will take place, and trust us when we say it's nothing that you or your son or daughter should be afraid of.

Oral care professionals like Dr. Tanya Vaysman of Upper Eastside Orthodontists will:

1) Ask you about your child's oral habits. For example, is he a thumbsucker or does he have any speech problems?

2) Create a plastic mold of your child's mouth.

3) Conduct an exam to look at your kid's jaw development, spacing between the upper and lower teeth and the overall condition of the teeth and gums.

4) Question you about whether your son or daughter has any allergies. Since some braces are made of materials that may cause an allergic reaction, it's important that you notify Dr. Vaysman of sensitivity your child may have to nickel or latex.

5) Take some dental X-rays in order to get a closer look at any teeth that may be impacted or missing and the condition of the roots.

Because these are often new experiences for little ones, it's important that you take your kid to a professional who is very good at interacting and working with children. Dr. Vaysman and her staff know how to explain what is happening during that first appointment so that going to the orthodontist isn't scary. 

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