Is your teen considering orthodontic treatment to straighten their smile? In this post, our Richmond Hill dentists explain a bit more about what to expect.
Orthodontic Treatment for Teens
Are you and your teen considering orthodontic treatment to help straighten their smile? If so, they may be a little nervous about what to expect, how it will affect their appearance, and if there is any pain involved.
Here are a few things that all teens should know about orthodontic treatment:
Options Are Available
When teens think about visiting an orthodontist, often, the first thing that comes to mind is the traditional bracket and wire braces. However, there are other options. In some cases, your teen may simply need retainers or space maintainers for the inside of their mouth. In other cases, clear aligners such as Invisalign may be a suitable (and more discreet) option.
Talk to your orthodontist about the options available so that you and your teen can make an informed decision.
There May be a Little Discomfort
While you shouldn't experience intense discomfort from orthodontic treatment, there may be minor pain and discomfort. This is especially true right after you get your braces tightened or when switching to a new set of clear aligners. However, there are things you can do to alleviate this pain:
- Eat softer foods for a few days
- Use ice packs
- Drink cold beverages
- Take over-the-counter pain medication (be sure to read the label carefully)
- Use dental wax for any cheek or lip irritation
The Reward is Worth the Journey
Your teen should focus on the final outcome of their treatment, rather than on the process itself. When they realize the benefits of the treatment such as improving their bite, fixing crooked teeth, and enhancing their smile, they will be more excited to begin the process. Orthodontic treatment typically lasts anywhere from 12-36 months but the benefits it provides can last for life.