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How to Address Your Child's Fear of Orthodontic Treatment

How to Address Your Child's Fear of Orthodontic Treatment


Orthodontic treatment can be daunting for children, often accompanied by fear and anxiety. Whether it's the thought of pain, the potential for bullying, or the change in their appearance, these fears can significantly impact a child's perception of dental care.

As parents, it's important to address these fears head-on, paving the way for an anxiety-free orthodontic experience. Fortunately, there are several straightforward strategies to transform your child's apprehension into enthusiasm about getting braces. An experienced, compassionate orthodontist can help!

Let's find out how.

Before and after photos of a young patient with her new, happy smile!

Understanding Your Child's Fear

Orthodontic treatment can be scary for kids for a variety of reasons. Some common concerns include:

Pain: Children often fear orthodontic procedures because they've heard or seen stories about how painful they are. They might worry about braces and adjustments hurting. Fortunately, TenBrook T1 braces minimize young patients' fears since they're designed for comfort and have virtually no pain during treatment.

Bullying: Another common concern is being bullied or teased for wearing braces. It's normal for kids to worry about negative comments from their peers. Talking with your child about braces being a common rite of passage can help to normalize their orthodontic experience.

Changing Appearance: Kids often worry about how they'll look with braces. They might be concerned about their image and how their peers will perceive them. You can reassure your child by explaining the temporary nature of orthodontics and the long-term benefits. Also, consider our Candy Braces, which were designed to make orthodontics fun and our nearly invisible T-Clear Minis!

Who says braces can't be fun? With our Candy Braces, they sure can!

By identifying and understanding these fears, parents and orthodontists can work together to demystify the process and make it less intimidating for children.

Communication is Key

Communication is vital in helping your child navigate their orthodontic journey. Here's how you can help:

Start the Conversation Early: Introduce the topic of orthodontics well before treatment starts. Talk about how many people, including their peers, undergo similar treatments. Normalizing the process in this way makes it less intimidating.

Be Open and Honest: It's helpful to be truthful about what the treatment involves while also being reassuring. Describe the steps in an easy-to-understand way, highlighting the positive aspects and the value of the result. Of course, your orthodontist can be a big help with this!

Encourage Questions: Create a safe space for your child to express their concerns and ask questions. Their questions can give you insight into their fears and help you address them directly. Make sure they know it's okay to feel nervous and that you're there to support them.

Encouraging open communication can help demystify the treatment process for your child and build their confidence in orthodontic care.

Focus on the Positives

When you talk about the positive aspects of orthodontic treatment, it can shift your child's perspective and reduce their anxiety. Here are some tips:

Focus on the Benefits: Discuss how orthodontic treatment will improve their dental health and result in a beautiful smile. Explain that straight teeth aren't just more attractive; they're also easier to clean and less likely to develop problems.

Success Stories: Share before-and-after photos or stories of children who have completed their orthodontic journey. Your child will understand that the temporary challenges are worth the long-term results if they can see concrete proof.

A beautiful TenBrook smile transformation!

Showing children real-life success stories can help kids gain a more positive outlook on orthodontic treatment and focus on the long-term benefits.

Get Educated Through a Free Consultation

You can help your child overcome their fears by taking them to see the orthodontist. Here's how:

Visit the Orthodontist Together: Arrange for a simple visit or free consultation where your child can get familiar with the environment. This visit can be a casual introduction without any pressure. Your child can see the office, sit in the dental chair, and get a feel for the surroundings.

Meet the Doctors and Staff: Personal interaction with a friendly and compassionate orthodontic team can make all the difference! Meeting the people who will be involved in their care helps build trust and rapport, making the actual treatment process less intimidating.

Experience the Warm, Friendly Staff of TenBrook Orthodontics: At TenBrook Orthodontics, our team is trained to work with children and understands the importance of creating a comfortable and safe environment. An initial positive experience can significantly influence your child's attitude towards their entire treatment. As experts in orthodontics, we know you don't get a second chance at a first impression!

Giving your child a friendly, stress-free experience will help them feel at ease about starting with orthodontics.


A smooth and successful orthodontic journey starts with addressing your child's fear. You can ease their worries by understanding their anxieties, keeping open and honest communication, and highlighting the positive aspects of treatment.

Now that you understand the importance of addressing your child's fear of orthodontic treatment, the next step is to take action. We invite you to schedule a free consultation with our TenBrook Orthodontics team. Our experienced and compassionate staff specializes in working with children and provides a comfortable and positive experience.

Let's make your child's smile healthier and more beautiful together!

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