At Datwyler Orthodontics, we are here to serve you. Having a teenager in braces comes with unique challenges. Let us help!
When your teen needs braces, the first thing most parents do is seek out information – the different types of braces, costs, orthodontists, procedures, etc. – in order to make the best decision for your child.
We encourage you to invite your teen to join in your search for answers. Explore options together, weigh pros and cons, and talk about how each of you feels.. Including your teen from the very beginning can set the stage for a more cooperative and open experience.
How To Help Your Teenager With Braces
MAKE JOINT DECISIONS
Involve your teen in decisions from the very beginning (as much as possible). Let him or her know that you are listening and value their input.
EDUCATION IS KEY
Talk to your orthodontist, as well as other parents and teens who have been through similar treatment already to find out what your teen might be able to expect each step of the way.
COMMUNICATION IS ALSO KEY
Let your teen know you’re interested in what he or she is going through. Ask questions, share what you’ve learned from your own experience (if you’ve had braces before), as well as what you learned from the rest of your research.
MAKE A PACT
Sometimes it is helpful to have a verbal (or even written) agreement from the get-go that you will be guiding your teen as he/she gets used to the new routine. Following all the doctor’s instructions is vital, and non-compliance can prolong the treatment. So when you ask if they’ve flossed after a snack or if you remind them to avoid popcorn when they go to the movie, you are not nagging, and it’s not a power struggle. You are on the same team with the same goal: getting your teen through the process as quickly and comfortably as possible. Of course we, as parents, know this to be true for all the guidance we give our children. But your teenager might appreciate a “formal” arrangement so they don’t get (as) annoyed when you tell them to brush their teeth.
BE PATIENT AND SUPPORTIVE
It is difficult for even the most mature kid to get into the new habits that braces require. Remember how hard it is to change your own behaviors – even if for the better – and it’s at least that difficult for a teenager. Remind your teen that you understand and care about what they’re going through, and empathize with their challenges. It can be helpful to keep off-limit foods out of temptation’s way. Best of all, ask your teen what you can do to help.
Dealing With Potential Embarrassment..
Something good to remember is that orthodontics has come a very long way in the last few decades. Braces aren’t nearly as painful, large, bulky or as involved as they were even a few years ago. We now have tons of options to help patients get the kind of care they want and deserve. From clear braces, to Invisalign to advanced metal braces.
Try to keep your mindset away from the negatives, and focus on all the positives of your braces.
- You’re taking care of your teeth, your health, and that’s a pretty awesome choice to make!
- Make a fashion statement with your colors. Ask Dr. D about colored elastics.
- Think about how fabulous your new smile is going to feel.
- Most kids get some kind of orthodontics at some point, so remember you’re not alone either.
Dealing With Potential Discomfort..
Braces aren’t nearly as painful, large, bulky or as involved as they were even a few years ago. For most people, braces are a breeze. The experience is often much easier and less painful than people would have imagined! Others can experience, at times, small amounts of discomfort (especially at the beginning) and even some pain.
Here are some helpful tips for how to reduce discomfort:
- Ask your orthodontist about pain medicine such as acetaminophen (Tylenol), or a salt water rinse.
- If a bracket is irritating your lip, put dental wax between your lip and bracket for a while until it feels better.
- Some kids say that eating cold foods (ice cream, anyone?) can have a cooling effect that helps reduce some of the pain.
I actually love treating adults with orthodontic care. I was once accused of being an adult, so I know what it’s like!”
Come See What We’re All About!
Datwyler Orthodontics is proud to serve El Dorado Hills, Cameron Park, Folsom, Placerville, Sacramento, Jackson, Ione, Amador County, El Dorado County and Sacramento County with excellent orthodontic care. We’d love for you to be a part of our family. Take a look at the video below and see what we’re all about!
We love doing braces in El Dorado Hills!
Orthodontic care is a big investment in you our your child’s life. At Datwyler Orthodontics, we want to make this easy, straightforward, and affordable for everyone who walks through our doors. That’s why we offer adjustable, customized payment plans and amazing service. If you’re curious about what orthodontic care would look like for you or your children, please contact us! We’d be honored to serve you.