You’ve heard of makeup, piercings, and brightly colored clothing as beauty trends, but dental braces? For many children, wearing braces can be almost like a rite of passage.
The wearing of braces in the past has been signaled as a transition from adolescence to adulthood. But now, experiencing this rite of passage has become so popular that many teens are actually getting braces when they are not required, just to make a statement. Now, the silvery sparkly on the teeth is considered ritzy and glamorous.
But what does this mean for a child’s health?
Without a doubt for the children who have crooked teeth or an overbite, for example, wearing braces can be hugely beneficial. But this same helpful hardware can also be risky when worn under the wrong conditions. In fact, any child who wears dental braces for too long can expose their risk for a number of health difficulties in the long run.
Here are a few reasons why this trend of wearing braces has taken dentists aback and caused them to fear for the health of their patients.
To read the reasons, visit worlddental.org.