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How can I prepare my daughter for braces?

Maybe your child’s teeth are crooked. Or maybe she has an overbite. Whatever the case, braces are inevitable. Knowing what to expect will make the experience easier to handle—for both of you.

What will the braces look like? Forget the stereotypical silver “metal mouth.” Today, brackets—the most visible part of braces—can be made from plastic or ceramic and can be inconspicuous (clear or enamel-colored) or fun and flashy in bright colors.

Will they hurt? Expect your daughter to feel some discomfort after the braces are first put on and whenever they’re adjusted.

How will she take care of her teeth? Food particles can get stuck in the braces, so she should brush her teeth carefully after every meal. Rinsing with mouthwash will help dislodge food bits that a toothbrush can’t reach.

How long will she have to wear them? Anywhere from one to three years—and the resulting dazzling smile will last a lifetime!