In the past, treating teenagers’ crooked teeth with braces could be stressful for both the teenager and the parents. Braces were conspicuous, unattractive, painful and expensive. Teens often reported feeling extremely self-conscious and that their braces were an unpleasant and uncomfortable experience they had to endure.

Luckily for today’s teens, times have changed!

These days, braces have almost become fashionable. The tiny brackets are now a fraction of the size they used to be, and come in almost any colour you can imagine. Teenagers can choose a colour (or colour combination) that suits their personality and helps them to feel more confident than ever while having their teeth straightened. Braces come in metal and ceramic (white), and are barely noticeable – unless of course your teen wants to make a statement!

Many teens also have the option of choosing Invisalign instead of traditional brackets and wires. Invisalign are the invisible aligners that straighten your teeth without having to wear traditional braces.

The good news for parents of teens with braces is that teen orthodontic treatment has now become more affordable. To help manage the cost of braces, Fraser Dental has many easy payment options available, including our popular OrthoPlan.

Fraser Dental is one of Auckland’s leading orthodontics providers. As experts in orthodontics for teens, we know how to get the best results and make the process of straightening your teenager’s teeth a positive and exciting experience.

Here’s what Sophie (15 years old) recently had to say about wearing her braces:

“At first, my braces treatment was a little challenging. I needed to get into the routine of the cleaning and eating process, but after 4 days I was set and more than excited for the end result. With the braces treatment, I would go for monthly check-ups at which I would have my teeth examined, this was always an exciting moment, especially when I moved up a wire as this meant I was one step closer to perfectly straight teeth.”

Frequently Asked Questions About Braces:

Getting your braces placed on is a completely pain-free experience. Some patients experience some discomfort or aching for a few days following this, but they quickly adapt. Most of the time, you’ll forget you are even wearing braces.

There are some foods that can damage braces, but most foods can be eaten if done so carefully. Check out the link below for what foods can be enjoyed and what foods should be avoided.

Orthodontics Diet and Eating Recommendations

No, when your braces are placed you’ll receive an oral hygiene pack with everything you need to keep your teeth and braces sparkling, including a new electric tooth brush and many other tools and products. Though it may take a little more time before bed at night, the process is not difficult and you soon get the hang of it. Check out the link below for brushing technique and oral hygiene instructions.

Flossing And Brushing With Braces