Helping kid on their orthodontic journey

15 June, 2016

Early adolescence can be a challenging time for many. It’s a time of big changes: physically, emotionally and socially. It also tends to be the time when major orthodontic work occurs: all of their adult teeth have come through and if they are misaligned or crooked then it’s the perfect time for intervention.

Some teens will be excited to get braces, thinking about the beautiful smile they will have at the end. Others will be more anxious for a whole host of reasons: What if it hurts? What if it doesn’t look good? What if I get teased?

Anxiety over orthodontic work can see some teens becoming non-compliant with their treatment. If, as a parent, you never had to wear braces or a plate yourself, it may be hard to understand their fears or discomfort. Here are some ways you can help your teen along their orthodontic journey.


Dentistry has come a long way – further than you may think. Braces are less visible and less invasive than ever before. For example, if you opt for Damon Clear Braces you’ll be getting braces which are discreet, comfortable, easier to clean and have reduced friction on wires – which means fewer appointments and shorter treatments.

One of the most popular dental appliances which Solas Orthodontics offers is Invisalign braces. These braces are clear and removable with no metal or wires. These braces are nearly invisible, so people may not even be able to tell you are wearing any.

If you’re really nervous about the look of braces there is also the Incognito™ orthodontic braces, which attach to the back side of your teeth and can be used for anyone who can be treated with traditional braces.

Discuss the options with your teen so you can find one you agree on and are both comfortable with.


The more you know about any medical or orthodontic treatment, the less scary it becomes. At Solas Orthodontics we believe in taking a nurturing approach to treatment, and we are happy to answer any questions or address any concerns you may have. We even provide early orthodontic treatment information (for both children and teenagers) on our website.