Posted on September 22, 2020
So, you’ve just found out that your child needs braces. They probably aren’t that excited about the prospect for a few reasons. Braces for kids are remarkably common; it’s estimated that there are around 4 million people in the United States currently wearing braces. In fact, 75% of those wearing braces may be under the age of 18. But if you think back to when you were a kid, somewhat awkward and just trying to fit in, you may understand why a lot of children still view braces as embarrassing.
Ultimately, it’s easy for the idea of braces for kids to be seen in purely negative terms. So instead of simply working to make your children less afraid of braces, why don’t you try to make them exciting? While this may be daunting, and you might not succeed at making your child happy about the idea of braces, this can certainly help make them less unhappy about the idea. With that being said, let’s look into some of the ways that you can make braces seem like more of a positive for your children.
1. Let Them Pick Their Look
If you’ve chosen traditional braces for kids, they’ll probably be in the metal bracket style that most of us are familiar with. Children are often worried about the attention these braces may garner them. However, traditional braces also use elastics to hold them in place. You might be able to make your child feel better about their braces if you make them excited about picking out their favorite color for the elastics. On the other hand, some children might not like the idea of having braces that are brightly colored, and therefore more noticeable. On that note, there is an alternative option available.
2. Consider Clear Braces
Depending on how old your child is and how responsible they may be, you may want to consider clear braces. Many adults that need braces choose clear braces, but depending on the age of your child, clear aligners or braces may be an option or them as well. These braces are not easily noticeable to the naked eye. They can be more expensive than traditional braces, however, and aligners require a certain level of responsibility. Invisalign aligners must be removed when your child eats and need to be cleaned to prevent staining. If your child is up to the challenge and you trust them, kids may feel much better about the possibility of clear braces as opposed to traditional braces.
3. Explore New Foods
Some have to wear braces for years, and children often feel dejected about giving up their favorite snacks to accommodate their braces. Sticky candies and gum usually don’t work for those wearing braces. However, there are lots of great foods that you may want to emphasize to your child. You can make their braces-friendly favorites for them after they receive their braces, but you can also encourage trying new things that are good for those with braces. Mashed potatoes, pudding, and yogurt are all considered classic braces-friendly foods. But bananas, pancakes, and even fish are also excellent for those that have recently received braces. Talk to your child about what they would like most.
Convincing your child that braces for kids are a great idea isn’t easy, but you’ll find the process much easier if your child has an open mind. Who better to open their minds to braces than you?