In the long run, the benefits of braces far outweigh the awkwardness and self-consciousness a child may experience while wearing them. Having a misaligned bite or crooked teeth increases the risk for tooth decay, gum disease and a slew of other oral problems, according to the American Dental Association (ADA).
Although you can think to the future when your child has braces, it's often difficult for the patient to see beyond the immediate discomfort. Smiling with braces can be difficult when your child feels self-conscious or less than thrilled about showing them. Luckily, there are a few things you can do to give your child's confidence a lasting boost.