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How to Get Your Teen Excited About Braces

Posted on February 28, 2020

Is your teen struggling with the idea of needing braces? If so, no need to worry. There are ways you can warm them up to the idea — and even create genuine excitement towards this helpful way of correcting their smiles. To learn how to accomplish this, read on.

Suggest Clear Aligners

Clear braces are the way of the future. You can correct many dental issues with these, as they’re as effective as metal braces. Since they are discreet, your teen won’t have to worry about posing for photos or making new friends on their first day of school. No one will even be able to tell that they are wearing corrective clear aligners. Even if clear aligners aren’t the right treatment option for their case, TruSmile has other options that could work! We also offer clear, ceramic braces and lingual braces that are placed behind the teeth.

Stress the Self-Confidence Boost

One of the number one reasons people get braces is for aesthetic purposes. However, bite issues and crowding also play a big part in the need for orthodontic treatment. If your teen has crooked teeth, chances are they may feel insecure about their smile. After all, first impressions are important. If they’re on the fence about metal braces or traditional aligners, emphasize that their confidence will increase dramatically after the treatment has completed. While it takes a while to undergo this big transformation, it will be worth the wait.

Make it a Customizable Experience

If you and your teen opt out of clear aligners and choose metal braces instead, let them pick their own bands. This allows them to be part of the process and can help make this big and scary decision a lot less daunting. They can pick their favorite colors so they have a genuine reason to smile and show off their unique color combo of choice.

Help Them Every Step of The Way

When all else fails, assure them that you will be there with them every step of the way. Sometimes, kids just need to know someone will be there. Life can be tough in this stage of adolescence, especially when it comes to their appearance. Define clear expectations, talk about how long your teen will need to wear their braces, and what kind of care goes into maintaining them. They’ll be prepared and feel confident knowing that you’re there to support them.

Choose a Trusted Orthodontist

Lastly, make sure to visit a trusted orthodontist who will care for your teen’s smile. If they regularly work with teens, this is a huge plus! Your orthodontist will know exactly how to put your teenager at ease before, during, and after the entire process. They can also help you as a parent by soothing any worries you may have, too.

When you follow these tips, your teen will end up with a beautiful smile without any emotional turmoil. To learn more about our services here at TruSmile, give us a call to schedule a consultation with Dr. Zamani today!