How to Prepare Your Teen for Orthodontics

Teen Orthodontics

Braces are a big step in any teen’s life. If your child is about to start Teen Orthodontics treatment, they might be nervous or have a few questions. Both you and your child must get your questions answered so you can prepare for your teen’s braces.

Discuss Treatment Options

There are many different treatment options for braces such as Invisalign or ceramic braces, but only one treatment option that will work for each person. Metal braces are often the option most often chosen for teens. This is because they are reliable and cost-effective as well. Your child can also customize these with different colors which can make it a more fun experience. Discuss why braces are important, and how long the process will take. 

Discuss What They Should Expect During a Fitting

The first time your teen is having their braces fitted, they might feel nervous. Let them know that this is a very straightforward procedure and that the small brackets are simply glued to their teeth. Then, they will be connected by a thin wire, and have colorful o rings placed on top if they choose. 

Purchase Soft Foods

Although having braces fitted shouldn’t be painful, they will put pressure on your teen’s teeth. This may make it a bit uncomfortable to eat, and so it might be easier to eat soft foods. These types of foods might include pasta, rice, potatoes, soup, or yogurt. When foods are cold, they can also soothe a sore mouth. Preparing this ahead of time can be very helpful.

Purchase a Lot of Wax

When anyone is getting used to their braces they may have sores or irritants inside the mouth. Orthodontic wax can help to make braces more comfortable. Make sure to have a lot of this on hand, and also give some to your child to bring to school or sport’s practice. 

Share the Benefits of Braces

One or two years may not seem like a long time for an adult, but for teens, it can seem like a very long time. Remember that two years is 50% of their high school life. If you remind them that the benefits will follow them for the rest of their life, it may help to ease the negativity around it. 

Listen to All Feelings About Braces

Although braces are a wonderful gift, many teens feel uncomfortable or embarrassed that they need to have braces. If you listen to how they feel regarding the braces, then they may be able to find a way to get over it. If their concerns are that they might be made fun of, remind them that almost everyone has worn, will wear, or is currently wearing braces. 

Help With Cleaning

Even if your teen is diligent about brushing their teeth, often their habits might change when it comes to braces. This is because braces require a lot more work. Sometimes special brushes need to be used, and kids do not want to take the time to do this. By helping them with cleaning it can take a bit of pressure off. 

Although braces can be a drag, they can be fun too. Contact us today so we can answer all of your questions.

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