You’ve let them color their braces. You’ve told them that their teeth will look nice one day. But your kids still hate having braces. Whether it is because of aching teeth, teasing from peers, or inability to consume popcorn, your kids hate their braces. What can you do?
Of course, there is only so much you can do. But teaching children the importance of having braces can help. Here are some of the benefits of orthodontia (besides straight teeth):
• They prevent jaw problems
• Prevent tooth decay and loss
• Can correct bad bites
• Prevent abnormal wear on teeth
• Prevent gum disease
• Prevent abnormal chewing/speech
The health benefits speak for themselves, but what if you kids still can’t stand their braces? Perhaps the best solution is to find out what the root of the problem is. Do they hate braces because they feel self-conscious? Do they hate them because of how uncomfortable they are? Do they miss eating chewy candies?
Going to the source can help you help your kids in accepting their braces. If discomfort is the problem, then check up with the orthodontist. If kids miss their favorite treats, find new ones that are orthodontia-friendly. If self-esteem and appearance are the issues, then talk to you kids about how they feel. Working with your kids can help you find of way to help end their hatred of braces.