The first day of school is exciting and stressful for both you and your child. There tends to be a lot of thinking done about what to wear and how lunch should be handled. (Lunch box or paper bag?) You both want to give off a good first impression, while also making sure that everything goes as smoothly as possible. The start of a new school year may be the perfect time to start thinking about orthodontics for your child.
New Year, New Kid
We’re familiar with New Year’s resolutions, and your child’s first day of a new grade is very much like beginning a new year. This hold doubly true if he or she is starting at a new school, where a good first impression is crucial. Modern braces have come a long ways from the train tracks they used to be. Braces have become much smaller in size, and new technology in orthodontics has revealed ways in which they can work with the natural movement of teeth as they grow, instead of forcing them into position. As a result, braces prove to be much less of a hindrance to your child’s social life than they used to be.
One of your child’s major concerns is most likely going to be “fitting in” in the new school environment. Everyone wants to be accepted by their peers, and no one wants to be left out of anything. Traditionally, braces have had a bad rap, often being the source of teasing and ridicule. However, more and more children today are entering school with braces, which has helped break the stigma around them. It is highly unlikely that your child will be the only one with braces in their class. Reassure them that they won’t be singled out if they’re worried.
The first day of school is likely one of the most important days of the whole school year. Let it be an enjoyable and memorable experience for everyone involved, with or without braces. Have questions or concerns about your teen’s crooked teeth? Give Centennial Smiles a call at (587) 353-5060 today!