Finding an orthodontist that will help make your teenager feel comfortable with the process of getting braces is an important part of the treatment plan. If the teenager doesn’t feel comfortable a rebellion might begin that could make the entire process much more painful and difficult than it has to be. It’s important to realize that many orthodontic treatment plans are also a big responsibility for teens. They have to make appointments, wear retainers, sometimes even do minor adjustments to their braces at home. And of course, after you’ve invested all of that time and money, they will be expected to take especially good care of their teeth. To get your teen on board, it’s important to make them feel good about the options.
Look into New Technology
Traditional braces use a wire and elastic to create pull and friction. This is uncomfortable, requires a lot of adjustment appointments and it takes a long time. Newer options such as Damon braces are less noticeable, more comfortable and achieve better results in less time. You can find a Damon provider in your city with a simple Google search. For example, a quick search for “Damon Orthodontist Phoenix” brings up thousands of results.
Another popular option is Invisalign. These are the most truly “invisible” braces which can easily correct minor to moderate orthodontic concerns. It will take a very good practitioner to correct severe problems. Invisalign makes it easy to find a high quality provider with an internal ranking system on their website. If you search for Orthodontist Phoenix on the Invisalign site, you will find one provider with top 1% national ranking and several with Elite Preferred Provider status.
Ask Other Parents
Use peer pressure to your advantage by talking to the parents of your teenagers’ friends. Chances are that some of them have needed orthodontic treatment, and they can lead you in the right direction as far as who to see and which option to choose. Take a page from your teen’s book and use social media to get the word out that you are interested in find the best orthodontist.
Look at Before and After Photos
Teenagers have trouble with long range commitments, so letting them look at some before and after photos of the types of improvements they can see in their smiles will give them the motivation to go through with the treatment plan with a clear goal in mind.
Ousama El-Hillal, referred to as Dr. O by patients, staff and friends is an Orthodontist at E&S Orthodontics. He founded E&S Orthodontics with Dr. Saavedra in 2004. He is driven to create Wide Beautiful Smiles Without Extractions.