Some kids aren’t too pumped for orthodontic treatment, but these books can help young ones feel better about getting braces or Line-M-Up™.
These days there truly are a seemingly endless amount of children’s books that cover just about every topic a child may experience, and there’s no denying that many kids have questions and concerns while contemplating orthodontic treatment with their parents or having just begun their treatment.
All of us at JK Orthodontics understand the many worries that young patients go through as they’re just beginning their treatment journey with Dr. Karpac, and we also understand how it can sometimes be difficult for parents to persuade their kids into not having these types of worries.
So what we’ve done is compile this list of great children’s books that are great for many different ages and reading levels that’ll help kids navigate this very important and sometimes stressful transition!
Brace Yourself, by Dawn M DiDominzio
Brace Yourself is a children’s novel written by a mother-daughter duo that follows a young 8-year-old’s journey while just beginning to live life with braces. This book is really great for kids around the ages of 7-9 because it’s filled with doodles, humor and truly honest accounts in terms of what your child can expect from orthodontic treatment.
Smile, by Raina Telgemeier
Raina Telgemeier is a New York Time’s best-selling author, and Smile is a really incredible graphic novel that’s funny and down-to-earth as it shows a middle school student dealing with family, friends and dental drama. This book is a really great read for 8 to 12-year-old kids that are looking for more excitement and real life scenarios in their fiction.
This book does a wonderful job at providing a glimpse into the ups and downs of braces treatment that young patients may experience, and it’s a fun way for kids to learn about orthodontic treatment and feel better about it for themselves.
Suzy’s Smile: Suzy Dogfish Gets Braces, by Momma Dot
Suzy is a lovable, vegetarian shark that’s been raised by a pack of dogfish, and one day her parents realize that her teeth are beginning to grow in crooked. So they take Suzy into see Dr. Manta Ray, who teaches Suzy how she can take good care of her smile.
This is another great children’s book about orthodontic treatment and dental hygiene that’s great for kids between ages five to seven!
Emma Gets Braces, by Baron Hall
This is a really fun book for little readers around five that’s full of rhymes that tell the story about what kids can expect when seeing an orthodontist, and they get to learn about orthodontic treatment while also learning each letter of the alphabet.
So this is a great option for parents that want to help their kids learn their ABCs faster while simultaneously learning about oral hygiene and taking care of their smile!
The Braces Journal, by Dan Price
This book is a good option for creative kids around the ages of 11 to 13. It includes many different thoughtful, fun prompts for kids to start writing about their own orthodontic treatment experience. This includes writing about their orthodontist visits, how often and when they’re brushing their teeth and taking care of their braces, and how they feel about having braces as a kid.
There are also many fun facts throughout the book that provide helpful tips like foods that kids should avoid during treatment, as well as troubleshooting common questions that young orthodontic patients tend to have. This book also provides a good opportunity to make the most of your own before and after pictures. which helps your child track their progress throughout their treatment from their initial consultation all the way to the day their braces come off!
Reach Out To JK Orthodontics To Learn More About How We Help Parents Prepare Their Kids For Orthodontic Treatment
There truly are many different great books out there about orthodontic treatment that kids of all ages will love, and these books are particularly important because they help young patients ease their worries about obtaining and living with braces and other orthodontic appliances.
It truly is never too early to start talking to your kids about braces and getting orthodontic treatment, and reading books is how many kids first begin to understand what braces are and how they’re a normal part of growing up.
Contact us online or call us at 614-766-0330 (Dublin office) or 614-471-6355 (Gahanna office) to learn more about how Dr. Karpac and our team can help you get your kids prepped and ready for an initial consultation!