The thought of getting braces can bring up a lot of emotions for kids and teens. Some might be looking forward to getting the smile of their dreams others might just be embarrassed to show off their new hardware. At our orthodontic clinics in Langley, Surrey and Abbotsford, it’s usually the fear of the unknown that makes kids and teens nervous about getting braces or Invisalign. They’re probably asking themselves questions like: What will I look like with braces? Will my braces or Invisalign hurt? Will I be the only one of my friends who has to have braces? The anticipation of getting braces or Invisalign is often more stressful than the treatment itself!
As the Fraser Valley’s premier orthodontists, the doctors at Aura Orthodontics help kids (and their parents) adapt to life with braces or Invisalign. They give you and your kids all the information you need about what to expect from treatment, how to care for braces or Invisalign, and why your kids should be excited to watch their new smile develop before their eyes.
If you are still having trouble getting your kids excited about braces or Invisalign, here are a few helpful tips to ease any anxiety and make the process as smooth as possible.
1. EDUCATE YOURSELF (AND YOUR CHILD) ON LIFE WITH BRACES
The best way to set your kids up for success with braces or Invisalign is to learn as much as you can about how their lives will change. Better yet, educate yourself well before they actually begin treatment. When your kids have a solid understanding of what to expect from their braces or Invisalign treatment, they’ll be more comfortable about transitioning into their new life, rather than feeling apprehensive about it. The better educated you are as a parent about the braces or Invisalign experience, the better your kids will feel. Do your research and then discuss your findings with your child or teen. If you have any questions, the specialists at the Aura Orthodontics are just a call away!
2. SHOW THEM ORTHODONTIC TREATMENT IS TOTALLY NORMAL
One of the biggest sticking points with kids and teens about orthodontic treatments is that they’ll be the only person they know with braces. They might also be feeling self- conscious about how their appearance will change. The best way to alleviate this kind of anxiety is to prove to your kids how common braces and Invisalign are. If they have any friends, classmates or siblings who have had braces, point out their success with treatment. If you yourself had braces, share your own positive experience. You could also show them photos of celebrities who wore braces. Some of Hollywood’s biggest names like Emma Watson, Angelina Jolie and Tom Cruise have all had braces, even when they were in the spotlight. Letting your kids know they’re not alone will make it easier for them to relax and maybe even enjoy their braces or Invisalign treatment.