If your child needs orthodontic treatment but he she suffers from ADHD/ anxiety issues, you, the parent, will have to decide whether your child is suitable to undergo treatment. For treatment to be successful, patient co-operation is very important.
Please assess whether your child will be able to do the following things:-
1) ABILITY TO SIT FOR LONG APPOINTMENTS
Many initial appointments, such as fitting appointments, are long appointments – lasting between 30 mis – 1 hour, and will require the patient to sit still at the chair while our therapist instals/ glues on the appliance.
2) ABILITY TO KEEP THE APPLIANCE IN THE MOUTH
Some appliances are fixed into the mouth and are to be worn 24/7. A nervous child may not be able to handle having the appliance in their mouth and they may fidget or take the appliance out. If this is done, then treatment will fail.
3) ABILITY TO FOLLOW INSTRUCTIONS
A big part of the success of orthodontic treatment depends on the ability of the patient to follow instructions given by the clinic. They may be given instructions on how to wear their appliance, how to take care of it, how to keep their teeth and appliance clean etc. If a patient is unable to follow instructions, or refuses to follow instructions, then treatment may not work.
If your child is under the care of a medical practitioner, it may be advisable to discuss the suitability for treatment with them, but ultimately the parent should be able to make an assessment whether their child is able to meet with the requirements of ortho treatment.