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3 Learn how to help your child look after their braces while in treatment Adjusting the braces

You’ll probably need to see your family’s specialist orthodontist every 6-8 weeks so your child can have their braces adjusted. This may involve changing the archwires or adding elastics to help progress them to their next stage of treatment.

It’s important to have a specialist orthodontist supervise the treatment, so you have an expert in teeth straightening and jaw development on hand and any changes can be made safely.

Orthodontic treatment and school

Here’s the ultimate school orthodontic checklist to help your child keep their treatment on track during the school year.

Pre-book your appointments

It can be hard to find the time to squeeze in your orthodontic appointments. While undergoing any type of orthodontic treatment, you’ll need to have check up or adjustment visits at regular intervals with your orthodontist to ensure that the teeth are moving correctly.

Take the stress out of finding convenient appointment times by pre-booking your child’s next few orthodontic appointments. 

Build a school orthodontic care kit

The school day will see your child eat lunch and at least one snack, so it’s important that they’re prepared to properly clean and look after their appliances during the school day. Good oral hygiene will keep their breath fresh, their teeth white and their gums healthy for years to come.

A small pencil case or toiletry bag can easily contain all of these essential items to ensure that your child is always prepared:

- A toothbrush

- Toothpaste

- Floss/ Pikster toothbrush

- A compact mirror

- Extra rubber bands (if elastics are being used in their treatment)

- Orthodontic comfort wax

If their treatment includes a removable device, such as clear aligners or a plate, a spare plastic container in their schoolbag or lunchbox will give them somewhere safe to store it while they eat lunch. Lost devices can delay treatment progress and be costly to replace.

Tell the teacher

Advise your child’s teacher if an appliance or braces have just been put on, in case your child is in any discomfort and needs over-the-counter pain relief medication (such as Panadol or Nurofen) to help them get through a busy school day.

How do I care for my braces?

Follow your orthodontist’s instructions about how to care for your appliances during treatment, (including the foods you should be avoiding). This will help avoid any emergency appointments and treatment taking longer than it should. Loose brackets, wire problems or poorly fitting aligners need to be addressed as soon as possible to keep your treatment on track and on time. Emergency appointments may also add to treatment costs.

Does my child still need check-ups while in braces?

Although you are seeing your orthodontist regularly they are not actively looking for signs of decay. Therefore it's important to keep up to date with dental check-ups, and hygiene visits.

  • Adjusting the braces
  • Orthodontic treatment and school
  • How do I care for my braces?
  • Does my child still need check-ups while in braces?

Adjusting the braces

You’ll probably need to see your family’s specialist orthodontist every 6-8 weeks so your child can have their braces adjusted. This may involve changing the archwires or adding elastics to help progress them to their next stage of treatment.



It’s important to have a specialist orthodontist supervise the treatment, so you have an expert in teeth straightening and jaw development on hand and any changes can be made safely.


Orthodontic treatment and school

Here’s the ultimate school orthodontic checklist to help your child keep their treatment on track during the school year.



Pre-book your appointments



It can be hard to find the time to squeeze in your orthodontic appointments. While undergoing any type of orthodontic treatment, you’ll need to have check up or adjustment visits at regular intervals with your orthodontist to ensure that the teeth are moving correctly.



Take the stress out of finding convenient appointment times by pre-booking your child’s next few orthodontic appointments. 



Build a school orthodontic care kit



The school day will see your child eat lunch and at least one snack, so it’s important that they’re prepared to properly clean and look after their appliances during the school day. Good oral hygiene will keep their breath fresh, their teeth white and their gums healthy for years to come.



A small pencil case or toiletry bag can easily contain all of these essential items to ensure that your child is always prepared:



- A toothbrush



- Toothpaste



- Floss/ Pikster toothbrush



- A compact mirror



- Extra rubber bands (if elastics are being used in their treatment)



- Orthodontic comfort wax



If their treatment includes a removable device, such as clear aligners or a plate, a spare plastic container in their schoolbag or lunchbox will give them somewhere safe to store it while they eat lunch. Lost devices can delay treatment progress and be costly to replace.



Tell the teacher



Advise your child’s teacher if an appliance or braces have just been put on, in case your child is in any discomfort and needs over-the-counter pain relief medication (such as Panadol or Nurofen) to help them get through a busy school day.


How do I care for my braces?

Follow your orthodontist’s instructions about how to care for your appliances during treatment, (including the foods you should be avoiding). This will help avoid any emergency appointments and treatment taking longer than it should. Loose brackets, wire problems or poorly fitting aligners need to be addressed as soon as possible to keep your treatment on track and on time. Emergency appointments may also add to treatment costs.


Does my child still need check-ups while in braces?

Although you are seeing your orthodontist regularly they are not actively looking for signs of decay. Therefore it's important to keep up to date with dental check-ups, and hygiene visits.