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How to Convince Your Teen to Get Braces

Your teen may be reluctant to get braces. They may be afraid braces will hurt or think their friends will make fun of them or that they won’t be able to eat their favorite food anymore. We know that orthodontic care can seem overwhelming if you don’t have all the information.

It is essential that you and your teen begin the orthodontic treatment journey together with confidence. At Lund Orthodontics, we want the best for your teen’s smile. We have helped many teens in Kirkland, Snohomish, Lake Stevens, and Smokey Point achieve a bright, healthy smile that will last a lifetime. Schedule a free exam today to discover how we can help your teen. 

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Talk with Your Child

Your teen may have many reasons for being nervous about braces. Talking with your teen is a good first step. It will help you understand their concerns about treatment. Common concerns about braces can include:  

What their friends or classmates might say: It may help to remind them that many young people get braces. Additionally, many of their peers and celebrities have braces. 

How long they will need to wear braces: On average, teens wear braces for around 24 months. That may seem like a long time to them, but the time goes by quickly. Many young patients say their treatment felt shorter than they expected.

What the braces will look like: Braces technology has come a long way in the last several years. At Lund Orthodontics, we use smaller, lighter materials that make braces more discreet. Your teen may also be able to choose the materials and colors the braces use to help them feel more comfortable.

It may also help to discuss the long-term health benefits that braces provide. Crowded, crooked, misaligned, or gapped teeth can cause significant dental issues down the line, including tooth decay and gum disease. Having straighter teeth will help your teen’s teeth look better in a short time and will also help them have better overall health.

Present Them with Options

Your teen may not know that there are many braces options today: 

  • Clear braces or ceramic braces that use clear brackets to help the braces blend into your teen’s teeth.
  • Self-ligating braces feature low-profile components that work around the clock to improve your teen’s smile. 
  • Traditional metal braces are a tried and true way to improve your teen’s smile. These dependable treatment options are a proven way of straightening teeth. 

If your teen is still apprehensive, you may want to tell them about Invisalign. Invisalign clear aligners are a braces alternative that have improved the smiles of countless people. Invisalign uses a series of clear, plastic trays to move your teen’s teeth into position. Over time, their teeth shift into a radiant smile. As an Invisalign Diamond Provider, our doctors have unmatched insight into how to get lasting results with aligners. 

The best way to learn about your teen’s options is to schedule a free exam. Our orthodontist will conduct an exam and discuss the treatment methods that best fit your teen’s needs.

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Reference Their Role Models

Braces are for everyone! Even celebrities benefit from orthodontic care. Your teen may know some of these famous faces who have worn braces in recent years:

  • Emma Watson
  • Billie Eilish
  • Dakota Fanning
  • Cristiano Ronaldo
  • Kendall Jenner
  • Miley Cyrus
  • Venus and Serena Williams
  • Tom Cruise
  • Katy Perry

Seeing famous people with braces can help your teen feel more comfortable with the idea of getting treatment. It might help to look up some images online to help your teen see the difference that braces can make. 

You can also read reviews from our patients on Google, Yelp, and Facebook to learn what makes us the leading orthodontist in Kirkland, Snohomish, and Lake Stevens. 

Let Lund Orthodontics Help You!

Your teen may not know that there are many braces options today: 

  • Clear braces or ceramic braces that use clear brackets to help the braces blend into your teen’s teeth.
  • Self-ligating braces feature low-profile components that work around the clock to improve your teen’s smile. 
  • Traditional metal braces are a tried and true way to improve your teen’s smile. These dependable treatment options are a proven way of straightening teeth. 

If your teen is still apprehensive, you may want to tell them about Invisalign. Invisalign clear aligners are a braces alternative that have improved the smiles of countless people. Invisalign uses a series of clear, plastic trays to move your teen’s teeth into position. Over time, their teeth shift into a radiant smile. As an Invisalign Diamond Provider, our doctors have unmatched insight into how to get lasting results with aligners. 

The best way to learn about your teen’s options is to schedule a free exam. Our orthodontist will conduct an exam and discuss the treatment methods that best fit your teen’s needs.

Contact Lund Orthodontics Today!

If you want a professional to help explain the benefits of braces, you can schedule a free consultation with our superstars. We will introduce ourselves to your teen, give them an office tour, and discuss their orthodontic goals. Dr. Paul will also conduct an exam and explain the treatment options to your teen.

Our doctors at Lund Orthodontics have helped many teens achieve a radiant, healthy smile by listening to their concerns and detailing the pros and cons of different approaches.

Help your teen get on the path to a healthy smile by calling, texting, or using our LiveChat.

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Give us a call or text us to learn more about how we can help you. Stay in touch by following us on social media. 

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