What to Do if You Might Need Braces

Braces are a pretty common part of growing up, especially in the United States. So, if you are a teen and you’re self-conscious about your smile, you may find that you are wondering whether braces could be the right thing for you. If you are considering braces or have had a dentist recommend them, there are a few steps you can take to look further into it.

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Visit the Dentist 

One of the most important things you should do if you decide you might need braces is to talk to your dentist. If you are nervous about visiting the dentist and bring it up, take time to talk to your parents and find a dentist that you feel comfortable with. Once you are in the appointment, you can talk to them about your concerns and they can help you to figure out the best course of action, with your parents present if needed. Then you can be on your way to having the smile that you have always wanted.

Explore Alternatives 

It used to be that braces were the only real option if you wanted to straighten your teeth. But now you have a lot of choices when it comes to choosing the right aligning tool for your teeth. Less invasive and visible options are available now, and you can choose something that can straighten your teeth without causing you much pain. Invisalign doesn’t involve wires or brackets, unlike traditional metal braces. When you understand all the options you have available, you can make a choice that works for you, your schedule, and your social life.

Make a Plan 

Once you have looked at all your options, you should talk to your parents so you can make a plan together. Depending on your budget and the needs of your teeth, you will probably find that one option in particular is the best fit for you. Once you have identified that option with your parents, you can move forward. If you have questions at any point in the process, make sure that you ask them and keep going until you feel ready and comfortable.

Getting braces can feel awkward or overwhelming, but that’s okay. Make sure that you are open about concerns so you can get the help you actually need. Keep moving forward with the plan you have decided on, and pretty soon you will have the smile you have been hoping for.

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