Survival Guide for Teens with Braces
Most teens are bummed to find out that they need braces, but some Sturbridge orthodontists are helping young adults to make the most of a temporary situation. The emotional and physical rollercoaster that is adolescence can seem to become more complicated when braces are involved. During a time when image means so much, it’s tough for teens to overlook their metal brackets and wires and envision the ultimate benefit of a straighter, healthier, and more beautiful smile. And we can’t ignore the reputation that braces have earned for causing discomfort, interfering with snacks, and affecting speech.
Before your teen becomes too discouraged about braces, ease their concerns by talking about the modern orthodontic options that will make the process a little easier to bear:
Goodbye Metal Mouth-The Invisalign brand features a clear, removable orthodontic system that was designed exclusively for teens. Teens can be fitted with a series of custom-fit, clear aligners that will bring the teeth into order while being barely visible throughout the process.
Bold Statement-Today’s teens are using their dental braces to make a fun fashion statement. Most brackets are available in clear, tooth-colored and even gold. There are also endless colors for elastics—even glow-in-the-dark!
Ease the Transition-No matter which option is chosen, getting used to braces will take some time. As the teeth move, there may be soreness, slower chewing, and changing dietary considerations. Remember to be sensitive and encouraging, talking them through their concerns if they seem stressed. The orthodontist will advise you on helping your teen with tooth or gum pain, and keep soft foods in the house so that they will have something to eat after appointments if their teeth are sore.
It is important that your children have regular dental visits to make sure their teeth are healthy and to prevent future oral health problems, as well as provide your teen with information on proper oral hygiene during this time.