When it comes to getting braces, there are two types of teenagers. The first type want braces because he or she is tired of having crooked teeth and is excited about the treatment. The second doesn’t want braces and will even say they don’t care how crooked their teeth are.
Below are a few common myths teens believe about braces:
People Will Make Fun of Me
Braces are so not cool, Mom. Believe it or not, long gone are the days of Brace Face and Metal Mouth. Thanks to the celebrities and social media, everything from traditional braces to Invisalign are the “in” thing.
I Will Look Dumb, Dad
Looking in a mirror after getting braces is definitely something that takes getting used to, but these days, even traditional braces look different than before. If your teen is particularly concerned about how they will look, there are many types of braces, which are smaller and less noticeable. Teens can opt for different colored bands, have them put on the back surface of their teeth, or even incognito with clear braces like Invisalign.
It Will Hurt!
Yes, while it’s true that some patients experience discomfort after getting braces or having adjustments, it is short-lived and is nothing that a little Tylenol or ibuprofen can’t fix. Having braces put on or taken off should not be painful.
I Will Wear Braces Forever!
Teenagers and drama go hand in hand, and although it may feel like forever to them, the average treatment times for braces is approximately 18 months. And while this may still like a long time, particularly to your teen, keeping track of their progress can help them adjust to wearing braces.
In addition, be supportive and avoid buying foods that are considered taboo. For example, hard or chewy candy and any other types of sticky food that can get caught in braces. Be proactive and buy only braces-friendly foods. Being a teen with braces is hard enough without having to hear that they can’t eat or drink what your family is eating.
Moving teeth back into a more corrected position takes experience and precision, which also ensures treatment times are as minimal as possible.
The dedicated staff at Dr. Matthew Wittrig of Greenwood Indiana wants to help make getting braces as stress free as possible for your teen. Call us today and schedule a consultation to discuss the different types treatment options available.