Kids go through so many milestones already, that the prospect of adding braces to the mix can feel pretty daunting. What young teen wants to deal with metal in their mouth and such a change to their appearance? You can help your child not be so nervous, however, especially if you remind them of these few things.
Braces Are Common
The good news about braces is that they’re no anomaly. Though not every kid will have to get them, an estimated 4.5 million do. With that in mind, there’s probably a lot of friends or schoolmates your child knows who already have them. Kids do not want to stand out, especially if something is considered ‘uncool,’ but braces are becoming something commonplace enough that someday, maybe even soon, they will barely be noticed.
Talk about how there are more options these days for braces. Another good reminder for your child is how many options there are these days. There have been advances in orthodontist technology that can help improve health outcomes, like heat-activated arch wires that move teeth quicker than ever before. There are also more stylish options, such as ceramic braces that work the same way as normal metal ones but blend in with the teeth better, lingual braces which attach to the back of the teeth rather than the front, and of course invisible retainers. The effectiveness of these different options varies, however, so make sure to consult with your child’s orthodontist.
The Results are Worth It
The dental problems that braces remove are reason enough to consider them worth it. Teeth that are bunched up and too close together can cause a variety of problems, including gingivitis, gum recession, cavities, and eventual tooth decay. Perhaps more visually, your child’s straight smile will also help them to be confident in themselves, something that is scarce to find in the teenage years. For a little discomfort, they will save so much money as an adult and even improve their social lives!
You want your child to be happy, but sometimes you need to think about long-term, not just short-term happiness. The fears a child has about braces can be easily assuaged if you remind them both of the increasing popularity of braces and of all that good dental health will give them. In reality, what you’re doing for them now will have a huge positive impact on their future!
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