Orthodontics for Kids and Teens
Kids worry about many things when growing up and having them worry about getting braces just adds one more thing to worry about. Dealing with self-image and what their peers think is a big part of a child's life. Adding on the thought of getting braces would cause more anxiety to their self-image issues. They worry about being made fun of and ridiculed by their friends. Thankfully, with the new advances in orthodontics, some of those fears and anxieties can be greatly diminished.
When a patient is considering orthodontic treatment, and braces, in particular, there is a lot to know about it. Why not reach out to us to help guide your decision. We are available at Senestraro Family Orthodontics. Come see us to get started today.
There are still a lot of myths surrounding braces and some of those myths have teens concerned about getting braces. One belief is having metal braces will set off the metal detectors used at schools and some establishments. TSA specialists have detailed that the type of metal used in braces is not the type that will set off metal detectors. Also, another myth is that metal braces will rust. This is another misconception. Just because they are metal does not mean they will rust.
This next myth is one that is commonly known. We have all seen the romantic comedy in which two characters kiss for the first time and get stuck together because their braces have become stuck. They are embarrassed as their friends point their fingers and laugh. This will not happen because of the new slim design of braces.
Unfortunately, the next myth is one that will likely surprise many patients. It is the notion that by having braces, one will have perfectly straight teeth for the rest of their lives and that is not true. While yes, they will straighten crooked teeth, without proper aftercare, they will slowly begin to return to their initial position. Not only is this discouraging but it is a waste of money and effort. That is why it is important to wear retainers after your orthodontic treatment with braces has been completed.
Another myth is that braces must be worn endlessly in order to be effective. This is simply not true. It does not happen. Most patients will likely have to wear them for around eighteen months.
The last myth is that braces continually hurt and make it hard to eat and chew. While there are times, particularly after having them readjusted, where mild discomfort might occur, having braces is not always uncomfortable.
Many times, teenagers feel singled out when they are told they need braces. They feel like they are the only ones in their class who will be wearing them. They could not be more wrong. It is estimated that approximately 80% of teenagers will need some form of orthodontic work before reaching adult age.
If your child has crooked teeth, trouble with their biting motion, or a misaligned jaw, why not come in for an assessment at Senestraro Family Orthodontics. We are always available to answer your questions to make sure you have the proper information. Give us a call to get orthodontic treatment started at (503) 228-1945 by scheduling your office visit.