Few things bring joy to a parent’s heart like seeing their child happy. On the other hand, few things can bring sorrow to a parent’s heart like seeing or hearing about their child being mistreated by others. If your child is being teased about their teeth, you may be wondering what you can do to help them.
Support Your Child
You are your child’s safety, their haven. If your child has come to you because they’ve been getting teased about the way their teeth are, one of the most important things you can do to help them is to take the time to really listen to what they have to say. Comfort them. Make no mistake – this is bullying behavior. If it’s happening at school, talk to their teacher, the school principal, or a counselor. It’s important to talk to an adult who is likely to be present when the bullying takes place so they can take measures to stop it and correct the behavior.
There’s nothing quite like incessant teasing to make you feel self conscious about yourself. When the behavior is centered around your child’s teeth, our dental professionals here at Stellar Kids Dentistry can be some of your most valuable allies. We can help improve the appearance and health of your child’s teeth with things like fillings, crowns, and extractions, depending on what your child’s needs are. Bring your child in to see us so we can help as soon as possible.
Our orthodontists, Dr. Chad Carver and Dr. Tori Matthys can be another valuable ally in helping your child feel good about their teeth again. Sometimes the problem is because of overcrowding, poor alignment, or crooked teeth. In this case, seeing our orthodontists to help correct these problems can go a long way. Your child may need to wear braces for a time. If you have concerns about the way your child will be treated while wearing braces, talk to our orthodontists about ceramic braces, retainers, or clear aligners. They offer a more subtle way to fix your child’s teeth.
As a parent, one of your most important jobs is to protect your child. If you find your child has become a victim of teasing and bullying, it can be easy to feel like you’ve failed in that duty. Talk to your child and see what solutions you can come up with together. Your child will know that you love them and that you’ll always have their back.
Let us help your child have a smile they can be proud of. Schedule an Appointment with us today.