In a recent survey, it was found that up to 78% of mothers today who once had orthodontic treatment or braces when they were kids now believe that it was one of the best things that their parents did for them. If you are a parent, then perhaps it’s your chance to do the same thing for your child.
These surveys done on behalf of the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) have also revealed that most mother recognize how orthodontics have improved for the better these days. The majority of mothers concede that because of the new technologies available for modern orthodontic treatments, the orthodontic experience of their children is much more enjoyable compared to what these mothers went through during their own childhood. In the old days, braces were considered “uncool.” Parents had no choice but to still provide these braces for their children because it was necessary. But today, the public perception on braces has changed, particularly for the younger crowd.
- 86% of mothers regard modern braces as cooler now compared to what these braces were when these mothers were children themselves.
- 69% realize that wearing modern braces actually made their children feel cool.
- 81% described their children’s experience with modern braces as either “positive” or “extremely positive”.
What Has Changed?
The increase in the coolness factor of orthodontic braces is primarily due to the technological advances in dentistry in general, and in orthodontics in particular. Many young patients enjoy new ways of customizing how their braces look.
- Braces can come in different colors.
- These colors can be changed during the course of an orthodontic treatment.
- Braces may even be invisible.
Computer technology has now progressed so that patients have an accurate image of what they will look like after they’ve completed their orthodontic treatment. Many young patients are well-motivated to endure their braces because they know for a fact how much better they will look in the future.
Visits to the orthodontist’s office are also more enjoyable these days. More orthodontists have realized the importance of having patient-friendly offices, and fewer offices today feel forbidding for younger patients. Many young patients are also entertained by interesting reading materials, their favorite music, and even video games on mobile devices.
But what hasn’t changed is the need for orthodontic solutions. If you’re a parent, we strongly encourage you to schedule an appointment with an orthodontist for your children. They may need orthodontic treatment, and by arranging for your children to have them they will likely regard it as one of the best gifts you’ve provided for them.