The journey to a healthy, happy smile is certainly an exciting one! However, for young children, any new doctor’s appointment can be intimidating. It’s essential that all of our patients feel comfortable in our office, and we work hard to make sure your kids enjoy every trip to see us. In preparation for your child’s first visit, there are several things you can do to keep them confident and smiling. Read on for our top pre-visit tips!
Be optimistic about visits to the orthodontist.
As parents know, attending appointments can seem scary, especially for younger children. But in reality, it is just the opposite! When you mention visiting our office to your child, let them know how excited we are to see them and remind them that coming to Hutta & Hutta Orthodontics is a positive experience. Be sure to make every visit an exciting part of their routine. Something simple—like going out for braces-friendly ice cream after appointments—can make kids eager to see our team.
Start visiting early.
Seven is the recommended age for children to see an orthodontist. Even if they don’t need treatment quite yet, we will screen for potential issues and see if early treatment is beneficial. In some cases, interceptive care allows us to treat problems less invasively or even prevent issues from developing altogether. Bringing your child at this age also acclimates them to our office, helping them feel comfortable with orthodontic appointments and our team. We love when our youngest patients look forward to seeing us as much as we look forward to seeing them!
Help them learn the facts.
When preparing your child for their first appointment, they should know what to expect. And make sure to focus on the positives! When kids and their peers start getting braces, misinformation and pessimism can spread quickly. We will give your child all the correct information about their treatment. It is helpful for them to get reminders at home as well. For example, many kids bemoan food restrictions that go along with braces. Remind them of the countless options they still have while emphasizing the importance and benefits of orthodontic care.
Stay up to date with our rewards, contests, and events.
Here at Hutta & Hutta Orthodontics, we love creating fun opportunities for our patients! Patient Rewards Hub points, exciting contests, and events help kids feel more enthusiastic about taking care of their teeth and orthodontic appliances. To help facilitate their excitement, follow us on Facebook and Instagram (@huttaandhutta) for all the latest—from contests and giveaways to fun happenings in the office.