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3 Ways To Convince Your Child To Get Braces

When you have a pre-teen-aged child, you know that some days can be fine and some days can be a little unpredictable. Not only do pre-teens have a surge of hormones that they don't know how to deal with, but they deal with a lot of pressures at school as well. If your child is in need of some braces, but they aren't exactly excited about having to sport a mouth full of metal, then there may be a few ways that you can get them more excited and ready to wear braces for the next year or so. From getting to wear fun colored rubber bands to getting a straight smile, here are three different things your child may be excited about. 

1. Have Fun With Rubber Bands

One of the most exciting things for kids about braces is getting to choose different colors of rubber bands every month or two (or at least every time they get their braces tightened). For instance, if your child really likes sports, then getting to wear their favorite sports' teams colors will get them super excited. Or, if your child just loves celebrating holidays, then they can get their braces rubber bands to match every holiday like pink and red for Valentine's Day. 

2. Match Their Friends

Pre-teens love following the crowd; which can be both a good thing and a bad thing. Luckily for you and your child, many kids their age are also getting braces, which means that it won't be a big deal when they get theirs on. Plus, they may feel more excited to get them on so that they can match all of their friends at school and in the neighborhood. 

3. Get Straight Teeth

It's hard for kids to see into the future; especially when it involves change. Try to paint the picture to your pre-teen that while they may have to put up with braces in the short term, they will get straight teeth in the long run, which means that they will have a more beautiful smile for the rest of their life. If your child is a visual learner, see if your orthodontist can show your child what changes they are going to make to their teeth and how they will look when they finally get their braces off. 

To learn more about getting your pre-teen some braces, reach out to an orthodontist in your area today.