Getting Braces: How to Help Your Child Cope (page 2)

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Updated on Feb 25, 2013

Mention to him that not getting braces now will lead to misaligned teeth later in life, and stress the importance of getting them early on. For tweens, braces are common and your child can share the experience with several classmates—as an adult, braces would be much more awkward.

There will always be mean kids in school. They call kids “brace face” or “metal mouth” to upset them. It’s crucial to prepare your child for this. Here are three ways to cope with being picked on:

Walk away. Tell your child to walk away and ignore the bully. He isn’t the first kid to get braces and he won’t be the last—eventually the kid who is teasing will get bored.

Kill them with kindness. Smile big and say thank you to the bully. Tell him he is lucky to have such great teeth. It takes more effort to smile and be kind, but it always works in the end.

Mentally encourage yourself. “Braces are better to have now than later in life.” “My teeth will be perfectly straight after this!” “This is just a temporary thing.” These are all great things your kid can say to himself if someone teases him.

Braces are so common that they’re almost a rite of passage nowadays. Encouraging and preparing your child will help you have a happy tween (with great teeth) in your house.

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