5) Is it going to hurt?
This is the toughest question because the answer might be yes. It's important to be honest with your child without scaring them. If your child gets braces, there will be some pain and discomfort for the first week and whenever they have them adjusted or tightened. The good news is that over-the-counter pain relievers work very well (and so do milkshakes!). They can also use a special wax to help protect their gums from irritation and poking.
The conversation you have with your child will depend greatly on their age and what treatment you foresee them needing. Children can go in for their first orthodontist appointment as early as age seven. Known as interceptive orthodontics, this can be a great way to get ahead and start dealing with issues like overcrowding and malocclusion (bad bite). Braces, if needed, aren't placed until the majority of permanent teeth have come in, generally between age 10-14. Regardless of age, if you're armed and ready to answer questions and surround them with emotional support, their first appointment, and every one afterward, will go much more smoothly.