How to Help Your Teen Deal with Braces

How to Help Your Teen Deal with Braces

For some teenagers, the idea of braces can be overwhelming. Help ease the anxiety and stress for your teenager with helpful advice from Dr. Rice and his expert staff.

Bring your teen into the conversation

Today’s braces are not what they once were. There are several different options for your child based on price, treatment plan, and aesthetics. To help your teenager feel more comfortable about the idea of braces, we recommend bringing them into the conversation early to explore the different options with the orthodontist. From Invisalign® and lingual braces to metal and ceramic options, your teen can help to determine what is right for them while gaining a better understanding of the expectations and outcome of treatment.

Focus on the long-term benefits

Help your teen stay focused on the long-term benefits of braces rather than the short-term situation. Your teen may improve their overall outlook when you remind them how great their smile will be after it is complete. To do so, we recommend scheduling a consultation with Dr. Rice where your child can see a more holistic view of their current bite and aesthetics, and then Dr. Rice can walk them through how treatment will straighten and improve their smile.

Comfort them through the pain

Braces can create moderate tenderness and soreness for up to a week after application. Help your teen deal with the mild pain through a soft food diet and over-the-counter medication. Also, be sure to stick to the dietary guidelines as best as possible to avoid further discomfort.

Prepare your child for new changes

In addition to dietary recommendations, there may be other adjustments that will need to be made for your teen. For example, in some cases, your child should begin wearing a mouth guard when playing contact sports. It’s best to discuss these situations personally with your orthodontist prior to beginning treatment. Click here for a helpful resource on what to know before getting braces.

Enjoy short-term milestones

As you notice certain teeth moving, point it out and use the visible progress to encourage your child. Also, make it fun through selection of your child’s favorite colors or team colors for their bands that go on the brackets. Finally, Dr. Rice and his team enjoy following the important things in your child’s life from appointment to appointment, and like to have fun too during office visits.

Overall, braces add significant value to your child’s health and confidence despite the small inconvenience of treatment. Make sure you speak directly with your teen about the treatment plan, remind them of the goals and objectives as needed and keep them comfortable as best as you can. For additional valuable resources that are customized to your family, schedule a consultation with Dr. Rice. He will be happy to review your options with you, answer any questions you may have and thoroughly review the treatment plan with you and your teen.

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