Prior to wearing braces, both your dentist and your Orthodontist will be very strict to ensure that your child has excellent oral hygiene. And when braces are placed, your child will be shown in great detail how to care for their braces.
Poor dental hygiene before braces is a major predictor that your child will struggle to keep her braces clean, therefore it is essential that your child can prove to you that they are capable of being fully responsible for their own dental hygiene.
The most obvious sign that your child is struggling with dental hygiene is red and bleeding gums. In some children the gums will also appear quite swollen and may even grow over the top of the braces. More often than not, the child will also experience broken brackets – a sure sign that they are neglecting their braces and struggling to stay motivated about their treatment.
The best thing for parents to do is to try and keep their child motivated, and focus on the end result. Orthodontic treatment leads to the best possible smile, which will give them a lifetime of healthy teeth and beautiful confidence.