For many adolescents, getting braces is almost seen as a rite of passage. Your adult teeth have arrived, but they need adjusting. One to two years later, and you blossom into a young adult with a perfectly aligned smile.
Some children and teens are able to accept this as another part of the process of growing up. Others, however, show hesitancy. You may even face outright refusal from your kid when you inform them that they need braces.
Regardless of how you think they may respond, it’s important that you talk to your child about braces. The earlier, the better. Even if they’re a few years out from receiving them, they can be better prepared for the day when/if it comes.
Here are a few things to consider when planning to have the “braces talk” with your child.
Be Honest with Them
As with any conversation, honesty is a critical component. Explain to them what it entails, why it’s important, and how long it could take. It doesn’t hurt to do some research or even speak to an orthodontist beforehand.
It’s okay to tell them it might feel a little weird or uncomfortable at first. Let them know that certain dietary restrictions apply as well.
Focus on the Benefits
Orthodontic treatment is ultimately a positive experience. The end result is a healthier mouth and a beautiful smile. Let them know that braces are temporary, but their benefits last for a lifetime…as long as they wear their retainer, of course.
When your child sees the before and after, we’re confident they’ll be happy with the results. Make sure they understand this.
Give Them Options
These days, there’s more than one type of orthodontic treatment. Invisalign can be a viable option for most children and teens. Invisalign does come with its own requirements, such as only consuming water while the trays are in place. Also, the trays need to worn 20-22 hours a day.
Bracket braces offers a variety of styles and colors to choose from. They can fully embrace their brackets and choose a vibrant option, or they can go the discreet route and choose clear brackets.
Consider Joining Them
Do you have alignment issues, bite problems, or unexplained teeth grinding? Why not get orthodontic treatment for yourself? Whether you choose Invisalign or braces, it’s perfectly normal for adults to receive orthodontic treatment.
By choosing to go through the process side-by-side with your child, you can create a unique bonding experience that will make things easier for both of you.
For both child and adult orthodontics in Beavercreek, Bellefontaine, and Springfield, Dhingra Orthodontics is here for you. Contact us today to schedule your free consultation.