Dating with Braces

Dating with Braces

Dating with braces is a pretty common concern among teens and adults undergoing orthodontic treatment. Here, we provide some tips and ideas for not letting your braces get in the way of your romantic endeavors!

Own your look!

It can be hard to feel confident with braces, especially when they’re still fairly new and you’re just getting used to them. But at the end of the day, if you want to date successfully with braces, your best bet is to embrace them. Try:

  • Smiling big, and laughing big (don’t try to hide your braces under your lips, it will be awkward.).
  • Coloured braces! You’ll be getting your elastics changed regularly anyway, you might as well choose a colour that you like, or that suits your skin tone or eye colour.
  • Bold lipstick (if that’s your thing) that frames your braces, and makes them pop. In a way, you can almost think of your braces as an accessory!

Check for debris.

Nothing spoils a romantic meal more quickly than your date politely pointing out that you have most of your dinner stuck in your brackets.

So if you’re out for a meal, eat braces-friendly food, and be sure to do a few checks throughout the evening to make sure you’re in the clear. If you think this sounds too distracting, it might be best to go on non-food related dates until you and your date get to know each other better.

Remember: Your date cares less about your braces than you do.

You may be feeling self-conscious, but we promise: your date isn’t half as concerned about your braces as you are.

Your date likely knows a couple of things about braces, even if he or she doesn’t have them. Namely, that braces aren’t forever, and that even if they were, they don’t change who you are as a person. If you two are compatible, your date won’t really care of you’re undergoing orthodontic treatment. And if he or she does… is that really someone you want to date, anyway?

Try a more inconspicuous treatment option.

There are a variety of inconspicuous orthodontic treatment options available for teens and adults that solve many of the social issues associated with traditional braces:

Invisalign: clear plastic aligners that are almost invisible when worn.

Translucent braces: brackets made of a tooth-coloured ceramic material that blends in almost seamlessly with your teeth.

Lingual Braces: placed on the backs of the teeth, facing into the mouth, making them almost completely hidden from sight

In-Ovation System: features smaller brackets and no elastics or ties, for a more streamlined look.

If you need braces but feel worried about the social aspects, please contact Ridge Meadows Orthodontics to book a no-obligation consultation.

Book your first orthodontic consultation today at myOrthodontist Maple Ridge.