Your Child Needs Braces But it Doesn’t Want Them
The dentist has just informed your child that it needs braces and it did not take the news well. It does not want braces, is afraid of looking like a geek and has declared that if you make it get them, you will be responsible for it having no social life for the next eighteen to twenty four months. Deep down you can’t blame it for not wanting them. Who wants to go around for months with a mouth full of shiny metal?
Can your child handle the taunts from some insensitive kids that it will surely hear? But you know that the orthodontic treatment is necessary, and you will have to help your child accept that it will have to get the braces.
But just how do you deal with its refusal? First and foremost, listen to your child. Go over all of its fears and concerns and don’t belittle them. Don’t force it, but do your best to reassure it that it is necessary and help it figure out ways to deal with the issues that it has.
Enlist the help of some adults that it trusts and admires. You may be too close to the issue, and it may listen to someone else it trusts without all the drama that it may use on you. Is there an older cousin, or older child that your child admires that can talk to it about their own experiences wearing braces? Hearing about the trials and tribulations they went through and then seeing how great their smile is, can help your child get used to the idea of braces.
Set up an appointment with the orthodontist to go over all the questions and concerns your child has. Fear of the unknown can exaggerate anything in a child’s mind, so the more it knows about the process and how long it’s going to be for, the better it can handle it. The orthodontist can show it pictures of some of his clients and the improvements it made on their smile and their appearance.
If your child is still dead set against wearing braces, talk to the orthodontist and see if options like Invisalign or lingual braces are something your child can have. Invisalign braces are a set of aligners that are made of a clear material that fits on the teeth and moves them into place. They are not really invisible, but can really only be seen close up. They are more comfortable than conventional braces, but they are considerably more expensive.
Lingual braces are even more invisible than the Invisalign. The brackets are in back of the teeth so people cannot see them, and they straighten teeth the same way conventional braces do. They are an expensive option like the Invisalign, so you would have to take that into consideration.
Listen to your child and work together on a solution that is good for you both, and will give it a good healthy smile.