Back to School, Back to the Orthodontist

Orthodontist for Children

Backpack, pencils and paper, lunch box, new jacket… is an orthodontic visit also on your child’s “back-to-school” checklist this year? If it’s not and your child is between the ages of five and seven, you may want to add it!

Yes, that’s right – your child doesn’t need to be a pre-teen on the verge of getting braces to benefit from an orthodontist visit. In fact, the American Association of Orthodontists recommends a checkup with an orthodontic specialist no later than the age of seven. This is true even if your child’s dentist has not identified any early bite issues. Pediatric orthodontists are trained to identify subtle problems that a general dentist might miss, such as issues with jaw growth and emerging teeth, and take early preventative steps to address these issues. More»

Why Early Orthodontic Treatment Matters

Why Early Orthodontic Treatment Matters

When most parents think about taking their children to the orthodontist, they probably imagine doing so when their children are pre-teens getting braces. But did you know that children as young as seven years old can benefit from an orthodontic check-up?

As a parent, you may already be taking important steps to protect your child’s oral health. You’re teaching your child good oral health habits, including regular brushing and how to floss correctly. You’re taking your child to the dentist every six months for a check-up and cleaning. So why is a visit to the orthodontist so important? More»

3 Questions to Ask Your Child’s Orthodontist

Orthodontist Second Opinion

Did you know children as young as seven years can benefit from orthodontic care? The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that all children receive a check-up by age seven that evaluates orthodontic health and identifies opportunities for early intervention. Choosing the right orthodontist to perform this checkup – and later provide your child with braces – is an important decision. Between hockey practice and homework, however, it’s easy to put this decision off until the last minute.

Feeling the pressure to make a selection or scrambling to get an appointment? All is not lost. As you begin to narrow down your search, the most important part is the in-person interview. Even if an orthodontist has glowing online recommendations, the in-person interview is still important. This visit is an opportunity to ask the orthodontist questions about his or her approach to care and evaluate the practice as a whole.

You want to be comfortable and confident that the orthodontist you select will offer your child the best possible care at an affordable price. Use these questions to help guide this selection process.

Here are 3 Essential Questions to Ask Your Child’s Orthodontist More»

How to Pick Your Child’s Orthodontist in Halifax

Child’s Orthodontist in Halifax

Does your child need braces? Braces can boost your child’s confidence, support correct oral development and improve their health for a lifetime. Perhaps you’ve taken your child for an early orthodontic evaluation or been told by your pediatric dentist that your child needs braces.

Deciding it’s time for your child to get braces is the easy part. Now you need to pick an orthodontist! Keep these considerations in mind: More»

Halloween & Braces: What Parents Need to Know

Halloween & Braces

For young kids – and all of us adults who are young at heart – Halloween is an opportunity to indulge guilt-free in our favourite treats without worrying about calories or sugar content. But if you’re the parent of a child with braces, you’ll need to keep a careful eye out on what treats are in your child’s trick-or-treat bag.

Candy apples, caramels, blow pops, tootsie rolls, and other Halloween candy favourites can turn into a huge mess for kids with braces. All those sweet, sticky, and hard sour candies can get stuck between the teeth and braces, or worse, pop a bracket off all together! Unfortunately, this means that chewy candies, hard candies, and homemade treats like popcorn balls are off-limits.

As any parent knows, trying to limit a kid’s Halloween candy indulgence can be pretty difficult. At Docbraces, many of our orthodontists are also parents, so we certainly have some first-hand experience when it comes to navigating this tricky problem. Our solution: focus on what kids can have rather than focusing on what they can’t eat.

Here’s how you can help your child enjoy trick-or-treating and avoid any emergency trips to the orthodontist. More»

A Sticky Mess? How to Enjoy Halloween Candy with Braces

Halloween Candy with Braces

No matter how old (or young) you may be, the best part of Halloween is getting to indulge in all the candy and treats that are normally “off limits” during the year. Enjoying Halloween candy with braces, however, could be challenging, biting into a candied apple or a toffee candy bar could result in a sticky, unpleasant mess. Every year, we treat patients for candy-related emergencies, like popped wires or broken brackets. As anyone who’s found themselves in a similar sticky mess will tell you, Halloween is not the time for an orthodontic emergency!

Candy corn, Starbursts, skittles, Tootsie Rolls, licorice and Snickers candy bars can all spell disaster for your Halloween plans. Can you still get your candy fix without damaging your braces or bending a wire? Absolutely! Just stick to this list of what to eat – and not to eat – to have a fun and disaster-free Halloween. More»

Send Your Child Back-to-School with a Healthy Smile

Send Your Child Back-to-School with a Healthy Smile

No matter what grade your child just started this school year, back-to-school season inevitably brings with it a long list of to-do items. There are new clothes to buy, school supplies to purchase, and permission forms to complete. For many parents, this is also the time to schedule their child’s annual pediatric doctor visit. But did you know that your child might also benefit from an orthodontic screening with an orthodontist this fall?

The American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) recommends that all young children receive a complete orthodontic screening with an orthodontic specialist no later than age seven. An orthodontist will be trained to identify problems with jaw growth and emerging teeth, even before children lose all of their baby teeth! In fact, even if your child’s teeth appear to be straight, there could be underlying problems with jaw growth and development that only a trained orthodontist can detect. More»

Navigating School Lunch for Kids with Braces

Lunch for kids with braces

Between endless school supply lists and new schedules shuttling kids to after-school activities, calling back-to-school season a hectic time can already feel like an understatement. If your child got braces over the summer, now you’re facing another challenge: how to pack healthy, delicious meals your child will actually eat and won’t contain food that could damage the braces.

Most kids are notoriously picky eaters. Favourite foods need to be prepared just the right way – crusts cut off sandwiches, apples sliced into bite-sized pieces – or kids won’t have anything to do with the food. Throw in the food restrictions that come along with braces, and you’ve got the perfect recipe for mealtime frustrations.

So, how do you pack a school lunch for kids with braces? At Docbraces, we understand that finding the right lunch foods for kids with braces is actually a pretty big challenge. Fortunately, we’ve learned a few tricks along the way to keep kids’ lunches healthy, delicious and braces-friendly. More»

How to Pick The Right Halifax Orthodontist for Your Child

Halifax Orthodontist for Your Child

When we think about visiting a Halifax orthodontist, most of us imagine a slightly awkward teenager with braces. Halifax orthodontists serve patients of all ages, and that includes children as young as seven years old. In fact, if you are the parent of a young child, the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) recommends scheduling an orthodontic evaluation before age seven. This information will help you better understand why these evaluations are so important and how to select the right orthodontist for your child’s needs. More»

Will My Child Need Braces? The Benefits of Early Orthodontic Intervention

Docbraces Early Orthodontic Intervention

For parents across Canada, helping their children stay as healthy as possible is one of their top priorities in life. That means making sure your child has routine checkups at the dentist and doctor, as well as ensuring they get the care they need for illnesses like colds and flu. But there’s another area of care that’s often overlooked by parents of young kids – early orthodontic intervention. In fact, while most parents may not even begin to think about braces until their child is in the pre-teen years, the Canadian Orthodontic Association recommends taking your child to see an orthodontist by the time they’re seven years old – or even earlier. Why so young? The reasons are actually pretty simple. More»