In the past, treating teenagers with braces could be stressful for both the teenager and the parents. Braces on the teeth were conspicuous, unattractive, painful and expensive. Teens often reported feeling extremely self-conscious and that their braces were an unpleasant and uncomfortable experience they had to endure.
Luckily for today’s teens, times have changed!
These days, braces have almost become fashionable. The tiny brackets are now a fraction of the size they used to be, and come in almost any colour you can imagine. Teenagers can choose a colour (or colour combination) that suits their personality and helps them to feel more confident than ever while having their teeth straightened. Braces come in metal and ceramic (white), and are barely noticeable – unless of course your teen wants to make a statement!
The good news for parents of teens with braces is that teen orthodontic treatment has now become more affordable. To help manage the cost of braces, McIntosh Dental has many easy payment options available, including our popular OrthoPlan.
McIntosh Dental has been a leading Auckland orthodontics provider for over 30 years. As experts in orthodontics for teens, we know how to get the best results and make the process of teenage teeth straightening a positive and exciting experience.
Here’s what Bridget (15 years old) recently had to say about wearing her braces:
“At first, my braces treatment was a little challenging. I needed to get into the routine of the cleaning and eating process, but after 4 days I was set and more than excited for the end result. With the braces treatment, I would go for monthly check-ups at which I would have my teeth examined, this was always an exciting moment, especially when I moved up a wire as this meant I was one step closer to perfectly straight teeth.”
Frequently Asked Questions About Braces:
Do braces hurt?
Getting your braces placed on is a completely pain-free experience. Some patients experience some discomfort or aching for a few days following this, but they quickly adapt. Most of the time, you’ll forget you are even wearing braces.
Are there foods I cannot eat?
There are some foods that can damage braces, but most foods can be eaten if done so carefully. Check out the link below for what foods can be enjoyed and what foods should be avoided.
Is it hard to keep braces clean?
No, when your braces are placed you’ll receive an oral hygiene pack with everything you need to keep your teeth and braces sparkling, including a new electric tooth brush and many other tools and products. Though it may take a little more time before bed at night, the process is not difficult and you soon get the hang of it. Check out the link below for brushing technique and oral hygiene instructions.