Stigma around Braces


New research from  the Australian Society of Orthodontists (ASO), confirms that attitudes towards braces have shifted significantly in recent years, with 7 in 10 children reacting with happiness or excitement to the news they need braces.

The study of registered specialist orthodontists in Australia also found that:

  • 94% of orthodontists have experienced parents bringing their child in for a consultation because the child wants braces;
  • 90% of orthodontists have witnessed a child became visibly upset when told they didn’t need braces.

Regardless of how children feel about braces, it is the role of the Orthodontist to determine whether orthodontic treatment is in fact the right course of action for the individual.  “There’s no denying that braces can be one of the best things you can do for your child and no one’s questioning the benefits, but it’s our responsibility, as Specialist Orthodontists, to distinguish the ‘need’ from the ‘want’ to determine the best course of action, if any, is required.” ASO Spokesperson.

New technologies and the vast array of colours now on offer are just some of the driving forces behind the big shift in attitudes.  Braces today are not only small and comfortable, but offer coloured or glow-in-the-dark options.

According to the ASO, one of the most common questions asked by parents in regard to orthodontic treatment is what the appropriate age to take a child for their first orthodontic consultation.  The ASO recommends parent’s book their children in for an initial consultation between the ages of seven and ten. Early assessment allows Dr Mehta to determine what type of treatment, if any, is needed, and when treatment should commence in order provide the best possible outcome.  Dr Mehta’s goal is to provide each patient with the most appropriate treatment at the most appropriate time

The Australian Society of Orthodontists (ASO) is the peak body for Orthodontists and orthodontic knowledge across Australia.