Why choose braces at HKD?
At HKD, we ensure maximum efficiency with minimum visits!
Here we take photos, measurements and X-rays of your child’s teeth so we know what they need. We’ll review the information we find with you. At this point we’ll recommend the most suitable treatments and discuss financial options. Don’t worry, at Happy Kids we accept most insurance plans. If you need help with healthcare expenses, we’ll guide you through your application for CareCredit.
Now that we know what your child needs, we’ll be taking
impressions of their lower and upper teeth. Separate elastics will be placed around the six year molars. X-rays will be done and a wax-bite taken. Keep an ibuprofen at hand in case your child feels any mild discomfort.
Your child’s teeth will be cleaned and bands and brackets will be placed. Wires will be secured in colored elastics. We will take new photos and provide you with detailed aftercare information.
During routine Checkups, we will monitor teeth movements, we will follow our Treatment plan, we change wires and elastics as needed, we monitor oral hygiene and we make sure your child is on track!!!
We’ll be monitoring your child closely for the most appropriate time for them to take off their braces. Every child is different and they all respond to the process differently. All updates will be communicated with you.
Immediately call us in case an orthodontic appliance breaks or loosens. We strongly advise that you let us know before you come into our office so that we have time to arrange for a repair or replacement.
If the bracket or wire loosens it means it needs to be refitted at the earliest. In case this happens in the night or over the weekend, you might have to cut a wire yourself. Use a fingernail clipper, cleaned and sterilized in alcohol. Schedule an appointment with us the next business day.
If a wire causes discomfort, move it away from the irritated area with a cotton swab or eraser. If the wire is immovable, simply cover its end with a small piece of cotton or some wax. If the wire causes pain, cut it with a nail clipper, cleaned and sterilized in alcohol. If the irritation persists, call us for an appointment.
Your child might experience pain and soreness during the initial first week of wearing braces. We suggest giving them acetaminophen or a non-aspirin pain reliever. You can also use a warm washcloth or heating pad to reduce the soreness in the jaw.
This isn't uncommon. A lot of patients lose a separator over the course of the treatment. Call us and we'll see if it needs to be replaced.