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What do children think about braces?

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What do children think about braces?

It is common for most parents to be worried when they found out that their children will need orthodontic treatment. While parents are worrying about the cost of treatment, they are also thinking about how will their children accept braces.

Fortunately, the good news is that new research by Australian Society of Orthodontists (ASO) have revealed that children’s attitude towards braces have changed significantly in recent years, with 7 in 10 children reacting with happiness and excitement when they knew they are getting braces.


The study also reported the following:

  • 94% of orthodontists have experienced parents bringing their child in for a consultation because the child wants braces.
  • 9 in 10 orthodontists have witnessed a child became visibly upset when told they didn’t need braces.

With the continuous improvement and development in the industry, modern braces are a lot smaller in size as compared to those used years ago, making them a lot more comfortable to wear. In addition, compared to the old days, now, there are more cosmetic treatment options available, such as clear braces and Invisalign Teen.

With more school aged children getting braces in recent years, it has almost become a norm to wear braces. Peers are excited to see their classmates getting braces and the type of braces they are getting.

If you like to find out more about braces for your child, ASO has launched a free online educational e-book to guide families through their orthodontic journey. You may download the e-book here.