When your young one needs glasses, they will see the orthodontist and be fitted for braces. These they will wear for several months until their smile and other dental issues are corrected.
With time, your child will get used to their braces and their trips to the orthodontist will mainly be to adjust their braces and ensure their teeth are straightening as they should. There may be times, though, when your child is experiencing actual pain and discomfort from their braces and need to see the orthodontist. Knowing when the pain is important enough that your child needs dental intervention is what you'll learn here.
Your child is having difficulties eating or speaking
If your child's braces are too tight or have some points sticking out, your child may find it hard to eat or speak normally without causing themselves pain. Your child's orthodontist can give them a special wax or lubricant to rub on their braces to make them less painful or may make adjustments to your child's braces so they can feel more comfortable in their braces.
Your child has sores or scratches in their mouth
The inside of your child's mouth will be tender for some time until your child gets used to their braces and even develops some minor calluses in areas where the braces and their brackets rub on your child's gums or inner cheek. However, there should be no active bleeding or scratching that continues in your child's mouth after they get used to their braces. There might be a bracket loose or something else going on that their orthodontist should know about. If the bleeding or scratching persists, your child can be at risk for a mouth infection, so take all dental concerns seriously.
Your child has worsening mouth or jaw pain
Getting used to braces will take some time, but should not make things worse over time when it comes to mouth comfort. If your child is complaining suddenly of mouth, jaw, or neck pain or they have pain that isn't going away, then consider taking them to the orthodontist to have a quick exam done on their mouth.
Your child will be able to have a better experience with their braces if you take their pain discomfort seriously. Their orthodontist can offer several solutions or treatments that can help your child feel more comfortable and confident with their braces so straightening their teeth is far less invasive.