Worried about getting braces?
Don't worry, you're not alone.
How To Deal With Embarassment
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.
How To Deal With Discomfort
For some people, braces are a breeze. Others can experience times of discomfort (especially at the beginning) and even some pain. Tips to reduce pain:
- 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.
Types of Braces
These are a common type that most of us think of when we hear the word "braces." These have little metal brackets that attach to the teeth, and you can choose clear or colored bands. You can change colors at your appointments if you want, you’re not stuck with just one.
These work in much the same way as metal braces, but they have tooth-colored or clear brackets that blend in with the teeth. They’re less noticeable than the metal but require even more diligence to keep clean to avoid stains.
Invisalign consists of a series of removable plastic aligners that you replace every two weeks. In some ways they are easier than braces because you can take them out, but you also have to be very careful not to lose them. While it’s easier to clean your teeth with Invisalign, it’s just as important to brush and floss after every meal. Learn More
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Check out this time lapse video of one girl's experience with braces.
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 Teen with Braces
- MAKE JOINT DECISIONS
- EDUCATION IS KEY
- COMMUNICATION IS ALSO KEY
- MAKE A PACT
- BE PATIENT AND SUPPORTIVE