One thing that I have learned as the parent of a teen is that you do not want to suggest anything that will make them look or feel differently than those around them. The peer group is very strong and very important, and it is not a good idea to insist on anything that could make your child that much different from the other kids that they are in school with. So for us, it was hard to convince our daughter that it was time to consider the issue of braces. I’m not really sure why we let it get this far along, as the orthodontist has been telling us for years that she was going to need to get them eventually. But she was never interested in talking about it, or in trying it out. And now I think that is because no one else in the school at the time had braces. She didn’t want to be the only one. We are a few years past those early junior high days, and now there are many kids in her school who have braces. The subject is a bit easier to approach now, and the fact that we take her to i-Ortho helps as well. They are really incredible about talking to teens and explaining why doing the braces now is so much better than waiting until you are an adult. And they also have options that did not used to exist. The invisalign braces are now made for teens with smaller mouths and different needs, and they are able to use that to get more teens to sign up to get the braces on their teeth.
Any invention that helps teens get past the angst and into the stage where they realize that this will end and it is best to do it now and get it over with is much better than not. We have finally convinced her that it won’t last forever, and that when they are off she will be so much happier that she did it and that she won’t have to do it as an adult. The invisalign teen is also great because you really can’t tell that they are wearing them. That means that she is not nearly as self conscious as we were afraid the braces would make her, and she isn’t scared to talk in front of the class or to socialize. This is something that we were really wanting for her with this process, and the i-Ortho staff was great at explaining all the options that she had and with helping to get her into the perfect pair of braces for her teeth and her needs. It is no wonder that they were voted by they magazine readers of Denver to be the best orthodontist and orthopedic surgeon. We have loved going there, and I know that she has had a great time with them as well. We could not have done it without them, and it took all of us working together to convince her that braces were the way to go.