Any kid who needs braces will understand the importance of straitening or aligning teeth. However, that does not disguise the fact that orthodontic treatment takes time and comes with many challenges. As parents, it is your job to provide support and positive reinforcement of the benefits that come from braces.
At Broad Street Braces, our orthodontics team is committed to providing education on how to care for teeth and braces, and supporting your child during the process. We understand that kids may have a difficult time for many reasons. Our approach is therefore tailored to the experience of the individual.
Parents play a major role in ensuring that kids see the positives of oral healthcare. Wearing braces is no different than a one-off procedure, in that the outcome is what’s most important. Reinforcing this fact is one of many approaches that you can employ to reassure a child.
Teens & Braces
Historically, braces have been associated with negative connotations. Many of the views that teens hold stem from TV and movies. The reality is that any teen, no matter their social status, may need braces to correct crooked or misaligned teeth.
By helping kids recognize this truth, parents can go a long way toward removing the stigma attached to braces. There are also options like Invisalign® clear aligners which offer an almost invisible option for teens. Alternatively, Invisalign aligners come in different colors for kids who feel outwardly positive about treatment.
Your child’s orthodontist will also provide support that is catered to the concerns of each patient. We specialize in treatments that improve the appearance and function of the teeth. The input from our team is designed to give families the tools to navigate the experience of wearing braces as a teen.
Thankfully, we have found that the modern teen is not as likely to tease other kids for wearing braces. Although your child may still experience insecurities, it is vital that he or she have a great support network at home, with friends and at school.
If you have any specific questions about braces or orthodontics in general, do not hesitate to reach out to Broad Street Braces.