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Teens Braces: How Can They Help Your Teen’s Wellbeing? 

As a parent, you want nothing more than for your teenager to thrive. This exciting, yet sometimes challenging, stage of life is all about growth—not just physically, but emotionally and socially as well. During these formative years, self-esteem plays a crucial role, and one determining factor in this is a picture-perfect smile. 

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But what if your teen’s smile isn’t quite where they’d like it to be? Enter braces—a common solution for crooked teeth, but one that offers surprising benefits beyond just aesthetics. 

Confidence Boost 

Let’s face it: teenagers are very conscious of their appearance. They’re constantly comparing themselves with their peers, and even minor imperfections can cause distress. So, if your teen is unhappy with their smile, it can hold them back from fully expressing themselves.  

Braces can work wonders in transforming a smile, giving your teen the confidence to share it freely. Imagine the difference between hiding behind a closed mouth in photos and beaming with pride at a school play. Straight teeth can empower your teen to embrace social situations, make new friends, and feel comfortable in their own skin.  

For example, in a study among young people with hypodontia, it was proved that there is a link between orthodontic treatment and improved self-esteem, highlighting the positive psychological impact braces can have on teenagers. 

The Long-Term Benefits of Braces 

Of course, braces offer more than just a cosmetic improvement. Straight teeth are easier to clean and maintain, which goes a long way in preventing cavities, gum disease, and other dental problems down the road.  

This not only saves your teen discomfort and the need for future dental interventions, but it also promotes overall oral health, which can positively impact their well-being in unexpected ways. For example, proper jaw alignment achieved through braces can improve chewing efficiency, leading to better digestion and nutrient absorption. 

Braces and Overall Health 

The benefits of braces extend even further. Misaligned teeth can sometimes cause problems with speech, making it difficult to pronounce certain sounds clearly. Braces can help correct these issues, allowing your teen to communicate more effectively and confidently. 

Additionally, a misaligned bite, or malocclusion, can put a strain on the jaw joint, leading to conditions like Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ). Braces can help achieve proper bite alignment, potentially alleviating these uncomfortable symptoms and improving your teen’s overall well-being. 

Addressing Concerns 

It’s important to acknowledge that braces do require commitment. They can cause some initial discomfort, and maintaining proper oral hygiene with braces takes extra effort.  

However, with open communication and a supportive environment, you can help your teen navigate the process smoothly. Talk to your teen about their expectations for braces. Discuss any concerns they might have and emphasize the long-term benefits. There are also many resources available online and from orthodontists to help teens adjust to life with braces. 


Making the Decision 

While the decision to get braces is personal, there are some signs that might indicate your teen could benefit from orthodontic treatment. Here are a few common indicators

Crooked or Crowded Teeth 

This is perhaps the most obvious sign. If your teen’s teeth are misaligned, overlapping, or spaced too far apart, braces can help achieve a straighter, more uniform smile. 

Misaligned Bite 

This refers to how the upper and lower teeth meet when your teen bites down. Common bite problems addressed by braces include overbite (upper teeth significantly overlapping the lower teeth), underbite (lower teeth protruding past the upper teeth), and crossbite (individual upper and lower teeth misaligned). 

Difficulties With Chewing or Speaking 

Misaligned teeth can sometimes make chewing and speaking challenging. Braces can help correct these issues, improving both function and communication

Excessive Wear and Tear on Teeth 

When teeth are crowded or misaligned, they can put uneven pressure on each other, leading to chipping, cracking, or uneven wear. Braces can help prevent further damage and promote long-term dental health. 

Early or Late Loss of Baby Teeth 

The timing of baby tooth loss can sometimes impact permanent teeth development. If your teen loses baby teeth too early or too late, it might be a sign that braces are needed to guide the permanent teeth into the correct positions. 

Scheduling a consultation with a qualified orthodontist is the best way to determine if braces are right for your teen. This initial appointment allows you and your teen to ask questions, discuss treatment options, and get a sense of the orthodontist’s expertise and bedside manner.  

Here are some things to keep in mind during the consultation: 

  • Be prepared to discuss your teen’s dental history and any concerns you have. 
  • Bring a list of questions for the orthodontist. 
  • Encourage your teen to participate in the conversation and voice any questions or anxieties they might have. 
  • Don’t hesitate to ask for clarification on any aspect of the treatment plan or costs. 

By working together as a family and consulting with a qualified orthodontist, you can make an informed decision about whether braces are the right choice for your teen’s smile and overall well-being. Remember, a confident smile is an investment that can last a lifetime. 

In Conclusion 

Teens with braces are investing in their future—not just in terms of a beautiful smile but also in terms of their overall health and wellbeing. By boosting confidence, improving oral health, and potentially alleviating physical discomfort, braces can empower your teen to embrace life with a smile. Remember, a confident smile is a powerful tool that can stay with your teen for years to come. 

Lyne Proulx
Lyne Proulxhttps://ottawamommyclub.ca/
Lyne Proulx is a Certified WEBB Bodywork Pet Practitioner, Certified Infant Massage Instructor (CIMI), Certified Professional Wedding Consultant, and an Event Planner. She loves all things Disney and is an avid teaholic and chocoholic. She coordinated the Annual Infant Information Day/Early Years Expo for the City of Ottawa for 8 years. She was the Queen B of the BConnected Conference, Canada's Digital Influencer and social media Conference in Ottawa and Toronto. She was also the co-chair of the Navan for Kraft Hockeyville 2009-2011 committee that organized five community events within 6 months, and helped Navan reach the top 10 finalists in Canada. In April 2011, she received the City of Ottawa Mayor's City Builder Award.

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