July 17th, 2018
AS IMPORTANT AS IT is to have straight teeth for better oral health and a more beautiful smile, many people are nervous at the prospect of getting them straightened with orthodontic treatment because they think it will be unpleasant or that people will make fun of them. For some, braces anxiety can even be a serious phobia. We’re here today to help ease those fears.
Don’t Let Pop Culture Give You The Wrong Idea About Braces
Whenever braces appear in movies and TV, they usually involve bulky headgear, or the character wearing them is portrayed as a socially awkward outcast. These are outdated stereotypes. Modern braces are very low-profile, come in clear ceramic options or even invisible aligners. Your braces and your social life will get along great, so don’t let concern for your peers’ reactions stop you from getting the smile you deserve!
Tips For Overcoming Braces Anxiety
1) Breathe! Braces are never placed at our first appointment - that's simply a day to get to know each other and discuss what options are best for you!
2) Write your questions down. We LOVE to talk through your concerns and educate our patients on the entire process!
3) Ask your friends to see their before and after photos and if they thought it was worth it. To see the smile changes in people you know can be very motivating.
4) Talk to us about your specific concerns as they relate to your anxiety. Is it the fear of the unknown? The sounds associated with a dental office? Whatever it is, we'd be happy to talk through with you! After more than 30 years in practice, our doctors have come across many types of anxieties and are more than qualified to help you manage yours!
How Our Practice Can Help
At Fehrman Orthodontics, we treat our patients like family. We never rush into treatment, and enjoy spending as much time as is needed to make our patients feel safe and comfortable! We are always smiling, and hope to help you to do the same!
Get To Know Our Team!
If you or someone you care about needs orthodontic treatment but hasn’t sought it because of braces anxiety, feel free to schedule a time to come to our practice, meet our team members, and get used to the facility. We want you to feel safe and comfortable when you’re with us, and we’ll answer any questions you may have!
We look forward to seeing you!
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The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.