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 These are outdated stereotypes.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, particularly if you use lingual (tongue-side) braces or 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
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How Our Practice Can Help
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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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