Although most children will not need any orthodontics treatment at a young age, the American Association of Orthodontists recommend that children get an orthodontic evaluation by the age of 7 years old. This evaluation is to make sure there aren’t any existing or developing problems in a child’s face, jaw, or teeth. If we detect any potential issues, Dr. Hakim can quickly develop a treatment plan for correcting these problems or for preventing any serious problems from developing.
Your child’s first visit to the orthodontist can be scary. Thus, we’ve outlined a few tips for preparing your children for their first orthodontics visit to our office serving the Beverly Hills community. These tips will help you and your children have a better experience at the orthodontist.
Pick an Orthodontist That is Experienced in Dealing with Children
Orthodontics care for children requires a different skill set than an orthodontist who only deals with adults and teenagers. Consequently, it’s important that you choose an orthodontist who is experienced in childcare. In addition to providing better care for your child, this can help your child feel more comfortable during their visit.
Dr. Hakim is well experienced in dealing with children, and he has 3 children of his own. He’ll make sure your children receive expert care, and he’ll ensure that they feel comfortable throughout their visit at our office.
Treat it Like an Adventure
If you treat going to the orthodontist like an adventure, your children will be more excited and less scared about their visit. Treat the visit as a fun activity and something to look forward to, and your children will feed off your excitement.
Talk About Their Appointment in the Days Leading up to Their Visit
Your child may be nervous about visiting the orthodontist because they don’t know what to expect. Furthermore, they might’ve heard negative things about the orthodontist at school or from TV shows. However, you can help prepare them for their visit by talking about everything that’s going to happen. You can explain to them how Dr. Hakim is going to examine their mouth, and this will help alleviate their nervousness.
Offer a Reward or Incentive
By offering a reward or incentive for being good at the orthodontist, your child will have another reason to get excited about their visit. They’ll want to go to the orthodontist so that they can get their prize after the visit. For example, you can offer to take them to the movies after the visit, and the visit can start off a whole day of fun with your child.
Choose an Orthodontist with a Cool Office Space
An orthodontist with a cool office space can fascinate your child and make their visit seem more like an adventure. Our office is better known as Dr. Hakim’s Orthospaceship, and it’s outfitted with a state-of-the-art space theme. You can tell your child that they’ll be going on a journey through space at our office, and this will help make their visit a more enjoyable experience.
Dr. Hakim is an expert children orthodontics specialist serving the Beverly Hills community. If you have any questions about orthodontics for children, or would like to make an appointment, please give us a call.