“Wearing braces isn’t cool”, “I don’t wanna be a metal-mouth” – are these phrases familiar to you? Then this article is just what you need. We know how teens are often concerned about how their peers will react to seeing them wearing braces. Even though wearing braces is nowadays more accepted by teenagers, there is still a chance of resistance. In order to solve this problem, these are several tips on how to approach your child and convince them that there is nothing to be ashamed of when it comes to braces.
Firstly, you should remind your teen that orthodontic treatment is the best in early age, as it can help to prevent dental issues but also help to correctly align the jaw and correct over or under bites. Basically, let them know that the sooner they start, the sooner it is over.
Next, it is crucially important to figure out what concerns your teenager may have towards having orthodontic treatment. Knowing what is on the mind of your child will help to address these concerns while visiting an orthodontist. You, as the parent, are the first one to be aware of it, as not every teen is willing to share their concerns immediately with a doctor.
Social media and Internet can also help convince your child not to worry. Remind your child about friends; acquaintances or relatives who wear braces, and let them talk to each other. Your teen can also join groups or follow pages on social media where teens actively discuss their experiences. Additionally, you can also show photos of celebrities or other role models of your child, who once wore or still wears braces.
Finally, remind your kid that you are always willing to support them during their treatment and remind that you both are making an investment in their smile for which they will be grateful forever.