2 Commonly Asked Questions About Teens Wearing Braces

Posted on: 1 February 2020

For many teenagers, simply mentioning the word "braces" is enough to make them feel anxious. Yet, the teenage years are the ideal time for orthodontic work to take place because the jaw bone is still growing. This makes the process much more effective and takes less time to straighten and align teeth than it would in adulthood.

Fortunately, modern braces are far removed from the obvious and intrusive braces of the past. Technology, such as clear alignment and lingual braces, are barely noticeable and more comfortable for the wearer. However, if your teen requires braces, they may still have reservations about the process. Here are the answers to two commonly asked questions that might help ease your teenager's concerns.

1. Will it hurt?

A common concern for many teens is that having their braces fitted will be very painful. While it may feel a little uncomfortable, the process doesn't hurt and doesn't require any anesthetic. There may be a little pressure that feels unusual as the jaw adjusts to the way the braces are slowly reshaping it.

Sometimes, after the braces have been fitted, there can be some minor chaffing on the inside of the cheeks or the sides of the tongue. This normally subsides as the mouth gets used to the presence of the braces and can be minimised by using dental wax, which your orthodontist can supply.

2. How long do I need to wear them?

This a burning question for most teenagers when they're about to have their braces fitted. However, there isn't a simple answer, and the time they're required to wear them depends on a number of factors. It can take anywhere from six months to two years for the braces to do the job they're meant to do.

The length of time that your teen will need to wear their braces depends largely on how extensive the movement of the jaw and tooth alignment is. It can also depend on the type of braces that are used and how each individual's body responds to the treatment. Your teenager's orthodontist will be able to give you a fairly accurate time frame during the initial consultation.

While it's natural for your teen to feel anxiety and trepidation at the prospect of having to have braces fitted, they will feel more relaxed if they are well informed about the process. You can ask your orthodontic care professional any further questions or concerns that they may have.