LAKEVILLE, PRIOR LAKE AND SAVAGE, MN – May is National Teen Self-Esteem Month, and dental and orthodontic offices throughout the country will conduct various activities in honor of the occasion.
Here at Cosmopolitan Orthodontics, we like to think we promote healthy self-esteem every month by providing orthodontic treatment that gives our patients a reason to smile.
In honor of National Teen Self-Esteem Month, we’re sharing some tips parents can follow to help build healthy self-esteem in their children.
- Watch your words. You can’t take them back once you’ve said them, so plan before you speak. It’s a great idea to reward your child’s effort and completion of a task, instead of just rewarding the outcome, according to Kids Health.
- Set up children for success. “Help develop talent in your kids, orthodontist Dr. Trudy Bonvino says. Expose them to music, sports or art and encourage them along the way. When children learn a skill or discover a talent, it is a great confidence booster.
- Give your child responsibilities. Kids need to learn to be responsible for things, and learning this skill empowers them. Assign chores around the house or teach them to cook their favorite meal.
- Encourage children to take healthy risks. Whether it’s learning to ride a skateboard or simply trying a new food, exploring new activities creates opportunities for success. This fosters independence and increases confidence.
- Listen more. Your kids must learn to express themselves. They can’t do that if you try to finish their sentences. Being a good listener teaches children to be open to others’ ideas, and shows them that their ideas also are important, according to More-Selfesteem.com.
As an orthodontist who treats children from throughout St. Paul, Savage MN, and Prior Lake pediatric orthodontics has shown Dr. Bonvino that there are some self-esteem issues that simply can’t be overcome without medical treatment.
“Being a kid can be rough, and being a better listener or encouraging your children to learn to play a musical instrument can’t always overcome the negative comments kids get from classmates if they have overjet or severely crowded teeth,” Dr. Bonvino says.
For years, Dr. Bonvino has watched children come to her office for evaluations and observed their refusal to show their teeth when they smile because they’re embarrassed about them.
“But after they get braces and their teeth start shifting into alignment, you just start to see them come out of their shell, little by little,” Dr. Bonvino says. “We get to see every day how orthodontic treatment can boost self-esteem. It’s incredibly rewarding.”
Self-esteem also is increasing during treatment, thanks to technological advancements that make treatment less noticeable. Options like tooth-colored ceramic braces and Invisalign Teen enable patients to achieve smile improvements while avoiding the “metal mouth” look.
We love doing our part to increase self-esteem in children and build confidence in our future leaders. That gives us something to smile about!
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