How to Deal With Peer Pressure Related to Braces
Everyone is entitled to their own opinion. Unfortunately, this means that even if that opinion doesn’t match your own, it isn’t wrong. When it comes to braces, there are many different opinions out there, but it’s up to you to decide the best course of action for you.
Deciding to Get Braces
Braces are a big undertaking. They are a huge investment of time and money. When it comes to getting braces, there may be people who wonder why you’re going to put yourself through the time and cost of treatment. But it’s important to follow through with what you think is best for you. If you’ve been referred to an orthodontist by your general dentist, it’s most likely because you have an orthodontic issue that should be addressed.
Treatment Options for Braces
There are many different options for straightening your teeth, but what might work for someone else may not work for you. You might meet someone who swears by Invisalign treatment, but you know it would be difficult for you to remember to wear your aligners for the required amount of time each day. Speak with your orthodontist about the best treatment options for you and then decide for yourself what treatment option is best for you.
Teasing When You Have Braces
There are so many people with braces now that teasing is less common. But if it does occur, you could try these strategies, starting with a deep breath:
- Ignore it
- Diffuse the situation by making light of the comment
- Keep the end goal in mind
- Don’t let it get you down
The reason why people decide to tease someone else can be a mystery. Perhaps they are jealous that they aren’t on their way to getting a perfect smile.
The End Result of Braces
If you’re on the fence about getting braces, it can actually be helpful to think that “everyone else is doing it.” And seeing other people with braces truly makes it seem like no big deal, especially when you keep in mind the end results. You can’t control what others say to you, but you can control how you react. The most important thing is that you’re on your way to a beautiful smile.
At Charleston Orthodontic Specialists, we’re ready to help you begin your journey to a perfect smile. Call (843) 4-BRACES and let our experts guide you in the right direction when it comes to your treatment options.
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