Getting braces can be an exciting and nerve-racking experience for many teenagers. While orthodontic treatment can help correct dental issues and improve oral health, it can also present a number of social and emotional challenges that can complicate the process.
In this blog post, we’ll look at some of the most common problems that teenagers face when getting braces and offer solutions.
While most patients appreciate that orthodontic treatment will get them to the smile they want, not everyone is thrilled about wearing braces. Teenagers often feel self-conscious about their appearance and braces are not incognito. While the vast majority of patients embrace their braces, the colour choices and the fact that they are temporary, others take longer to get used to the appearance of them. In extreme cases, patients may feel self-conscious showing their teeth when the talk or smile as they are worried of negative comments or judgement.
If you’re a teen dealing with this issue, remember that braces are only temporary! Eyes on the prize champ – those metal or ceramic clips are your ticket to a smile you’re going to love to show off in the years to come.
Teenagers sometimes worry that braces will make them a target of teasing. The truth is that so many teenagers now get orthodontic treatment that you’re hardly likely to be the odd one out for wearing braces. If you do encounter teasing, don’t forget to stay positive and shrug off any bad vibes on your way to that shiny straight white smile!
Talk to your orthodontist!
Finally, whether you are self-conscious about your crooked teeth before starting treatment or at the prospect of having visible braces, make sure you express your concerns to your parents and orthodontist – in many instances, alternate treatment options such as ceramic braces or clear aligners may be available to ease your concerns – we’re here to listen and want to help!
Our experienced orthodontist and friendly team are committed to providing a safe, welcoming and fun environment for you during your orthodontic treatment – we love getting to know our patients and seeing them thrive during and following their orthodontic treatment.