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The teenage years can be a minefield when it come to confidence and many young girls in particular can get very down on themselves. Things like braces, glasses and their weight can all make teens feel unattractive but there are things that you can do to help them to feel better about the situation. Here’s how you can encourage your teen to feel more confident about their looks.
A Healthy Smile
Many teens are recommended to have braces to correct crooked or misaligned teeth and issues with the jaw but it can an unwelcome prospect for many young people. Contrary to what they may assume, braces have come a long way in recent years and the dreaded “train track” type has been sidelined in favour of more discreet options that are much less obvious. It can also help to focus on the long term benefits of orthodontic treatment; namely, that your teen will have a beautiful and healthy smile once it is over.
If you’re worried about the costs of braces, having Extras health insurance with Orthodontics benefits can help. You’ll need at least mid Extras cover for this and depending on the health fund, top level cover may be needed. Bear in mind that there is a 12 month waiting period attached to Orthodontics cover so it’s not something that you can just buy if it will be needed by your teen next week and you’ll need to think about it quite a while beforehand to avoid being caught out.
Coming to Terms With Needing Glasses
Needing glasses can make teens feel self conscious but as with braces, this doesn’t need to be the case. There are lots of trendy frames available now and to some degree, glasses can actually act as a “cool” fashion accessory. If your teen can recognise this, it can change their entire outlook on wearing glasses and they may actually come to embrace them. You may even be able to get them to buy into the idea that a trendy pair of glasses with change their look for the better. Thankfully my youngest has embraced wearing glasses with gusto and they do look fabulous on her!
Developing Good Eating Habits
We all know the thought behind the saying “you are what you eat” and this can be shaped early on in life. The eating habits that your teen develops while they are still young can have a big impact on their eating patterns as an adult. At the most extreme, this can include eating disorders and obesity. If you’re worried that your teen’s eating habits aren’t healthy, you may want to consult a dietician to get them on the right track. This is available on Extras health insurance with some health funds, although you may need a relatively high level of Extras cover for it to be available.
What is your teens biggest concern at the moment?