Braces for Teens: 6 Ways to Help Your Kid Adjust

braces for teens adjust soleil orthodonticsAdolescents go through a lot of changes. Add braces for teens to the mix and awkwardness and discomfort are automatically increased. Most teens don’t like to draw attention to themselves – and braces definitely want to be noticed. You may want your teen to snap out of his or her funk if they’re bummed out about walking around with a brace-face, but there are ways to help them get used to this new part of their appearance.

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Dos and Don’ts for Keeping Your Invisalign Trays Clean

keep invisalign clean woodinville wa orthodontistConventional braces are attached to the teeth and must be meticulously cleaned in and around if you want to avoid a messy mouth. Invisalign aligners are easily removed but they need just as much cleaning – if not more – to ensure that the trays actually stay clear, clean, and odor-free. Here are the dos and don’ts for keeping your Invisalign aligners clean.

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Get to Know Your Orthodontic Appliances

When your orthodontist says you need an appliance, it can feel like just one more thing in a mouth that’s already full of wires and brackets. But orthodontic appliances make braces work faster and better, and they are only recommended when they will be most beneficial for an alignment issue. Understanding what appliances are for and how they work can help you accept the recommendation for what it is – a necessary step on a journey to a completely aligned smile.

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Make It Easier to Go Back to School with Braces

back to school braces soleil orthodonticsWhether your child will be seeing their friends again online or in person at the start of this school year, they’re all going to be checking each other out for changes. Going back to school with braces, whether you’re sporting Invisalign, metal braces, or interceptive orthodontics, is a big deal. Here’s how to help your kids adjust and set them up for success.

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Preparing Your Kid for Early Orthodontic Treatment

early orthodontic treatment soleil orthodontics woodinvilleSome kids love the idea of getting braces. They want to be ahead of their peers and get adolescence rolling. Other kids are nervous about the thought of anything being in their mouth. They are happy to wait and avoid more trips to the dentist. Whichever camp your household falls into, preparing your child for early orthodontic treatment with honest, sparse conversation is all you need to do to get them ready for what’s ahead – leave the rest to your experienced orthodontist.

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Invisalign Lets You Celebrate Your Freedom from Conventional Braces

invisalign freedom soleil orthodonticsEveryone who chooses Invisalign for their orthodontic treatment does so for very personal reasons. What it often comes down to is a desire to avoid anything to do with conventional metal braces – and that’s a perfectly good reason. Here are just some of the rationales for saying no to traditional braces and yes to the freedom of Invisalign.

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Making It Through Your First Day with Invisalign

first day with invisalign woodinville orthodontist dr soleilYou’re not alone if you have some buyer’s remorse the first day you go home from the orthodontist with Invisalign. Foreign objects are clasped onto your teeth, they feel weird, you’re in pain, and you don’t recognize yourself when you look in the mirror. All your orthodontist asks is for you to have patience. Every major orthodontic change to your teeth takes some getting used to. Knowing what’s ahead can help you weather the adjustment more easily.

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