Teens are already dealing with a lot of changes in their life. Think of acne, uncomfortable dates, and awful hair days when you think about teenage years in general. Some may see braces as a sign of embarrassing adolescence, but we’re here to change that perception! 

We want teenagers to be excited about the prospect of obtaining braces and embarking on a new chapter in their lives. With the help of our staff, your adolescent may straighten their teeth without feeling self-conscious about going to the orthodontist.

Here are some things you can do to assist your adolescent prepare for braces or Invisalign® therapy.

Braces are a standard part of many people’s lives. Orthodontic operations are commonly done on children, adolescents, and adults of all ages. 

Take a snapshot of your teen’s favorite star with braces and show them. Invisalign® and braces aren’t hard to come by since many celebrities have used them to obtain Hollywood smiles.

The summer months may be when to begin orthodontic treatment if your adolescent is still self-conscious about teen braces. The summer break means your adolescent will have more time to get used to life with braces now that school has ended.

Don’t forget about your teen’s options! Traditional metal braces aren’t the only option for teens.

A regular dentist will need to clean your child’s teeth at least six months before starting braces treatment with our team of orthodontists. That there are no underlying oral health concerns, such as gum disease or cavities, that might postpone the treatment of braces can be confirmed by a thorough dental examination.

Teens with braces will have to make a temporary dietary modification that will be tough for them to acclimate to. Take a break from serving foods and sweets that are particularly sticky, firm, or chewy.

Help your adolescent acclimate to therapy because their mouth will be slightly sore than usual. This soreness may be lessened by eating softer foods. 

You should stock up on simple meals like mashed potatoes, diced or sliced fruits, macaroni, and cheese, applesauce, and oatmeal, as well as other items that are quick to prepare, such as porridge.

As a parent, you don’t want your kid neglecting their teeth when they are out and about while they have braces on. If your child wears braces, you should put together braces care packs they may take with them everywhere they go. Your teen braces toolkit should include the following items:

  • Brush and toothpaste to keep your braces clean after eating.
  • If wires or brackets fall loose, you may use dental wax to alleviate discomfort or protect the mouth.
  • After meals, use dental floss to remove food debris from in between teeth.
  • Give them Tylenol or another over-the-counter pain medicine if your adolescent feels discomfort.
  • Pocket mirror for on-the-go teeth brushing and flossing

When your kid has orthodontic treatment, they don’t have to sit on the bench! Any time your teenager is involved in a collision with another player or receives a ball to the face, they risk injuring themselves or another player.

As a result, mouthguards are essential for preventing your child’s mouth from coming into direct contact with the item of impact. Before your kid receives braces, get a mouthguard so they won’t miss any practices or sports.

Many of our patients have a positive experience with braces. Once your teen begins orthodontic treatment with our orthodontists, you’ll be able to communicate with your team regularly, who will happily answer any questions or concerns you may have. Braces are a great option, and the result is lovely too!

If you want to continue improving your teeth’ alignment and seek retainer orthodontics in Herndon, you’ve come to the correct place. Solarte Orthodontics specializes in finding the best retainer for each patient. Schedule your free consultation with us now.