Even though orthodontic treatment was necessary to fix Jeana’s bite and crooked teeth, Jeana’s mom Debbie was apprehensive about how her daughter might tolerate getting braces, because she has Down syndrome. Debbie knows that any new experience for Jeana needs to be taken slowly and approached with patience.
Thankfully, Jeana responded very well to our office, staff and treatment.
“Orthodontic Associates has been very careful to be sure Jeana understands and is comfortable before they proceed with anything,” said Debbie. “She has loved interacting with the other kids in the treatment area and choosing a new band color every time she visits.”
Jeana’s primary orthodontist, Dr. Justin Power, spent extra time with Jeana to establish a trusting relationship. For six years, he monitored the growth and development of her mouth before he even started braces treatment for her as a teen.
“I always remember that I’m treating a person and not a set of teeth,” said Dr. Power. “Seeing these patients over time to track their growth prior to necessary treatment allows us to help them understand that we are here to help and reduce any fear they might have.”