The Selfie Syndrome: Yay or Nay?
Selfie Syndrome: Your teen’s love for taking selfies could be part of a new-generation social norm, or could it hint at a deeper self-esteem issue?
We all know someone who seems intent on capturing every waking moment with a selfie. It may be amusing when your friend pulls a #duckface selfie in public, but if you’re a parent watching your teen do that all the time, you may be concerned. Taking selfies seems innocuous enough (yay for youth) but the syndrome does tend to attract words like narcissism, addiction and other scary-sounding terms. So, the real question is, should you be worried?
Let’s try that from another angle
It’s easy to dismiss selfie-takers as superficial, but if you look at the selfie syndrome from another angle, it could very well come from a fundamental human desire to be noticed, recognised and appreciated.
How many times have you considered quitting your job because you felt unappreciated? If that’s something that adults struggle with, imagine what it’s like in your teen’s topsy-turvy world.
Youngsters today grapple with school, peer pressure and identity issues, probably more so than we did during our time. Their self-esteem is a work-in-progress, and we’ll go out on a limb and suggest that the selfie syndrome is part of this creation process.
Because while self-esteem goes beyond the physical (character, qualities, skills, achievements all come into play), there’s no denying that appearances do matter.
Through selfies, people are trying to put their best face forward, so to speak. They use angles, props, filters and Photoshop to create a best-version image of themselves. If your teen has crooked teeth, pay attention and you may realise that they always take photographs from a certain angle or tend to smile with their lips together. This may be an indication that they are uncomfortable with their smile — a potential dent to their delicate self-esteem.
A healthy fix
More parents are getting their children’s teeth straightened not only for aesthetic purposes, but also because with straight teeth comes better oral health. There are also more options in the market today, from traditional braces to Invisalign.
The latter are virtually invisible aligners that are more comfortable, both physically (less abrasion) and emotionally (no metal-mouth jokes). Invisalign is also popular among teens because the absence of metal brackets means that there’s no major change to their lifestyle — they can still eat what they want, play their favourite sports and musical instruments without worry, and brush and floss as usual because the aligners are removable. Teens also love the fact that they spend less time at the dentist’s because Invisalign, in general, requires fewer visits.
This could be as infrequent as once every four months, especially since the good doctors at i.Dental use a nifty mobile app called Dental Monitoring. With this, all your teen needs to do is take photos of their teeth with their smartphone. These images are then transmitted to the dentist in real time and analysed using an advanced algorithm. If the dentist determines that all is well, there’s no need to make a trip down!
This is possible also because Dental Monitoring allows the dentist to monitor all the custom-made aligners issued to your teen, not just the set that they’re currently wearing. Through the app, the dentist also keeps a watchful eye out for wear-and-tear on the aligners and poor oral hygiene — bet that’s a load of your mind!
At the end of the day, whether you decide to fit your teen with braces or Invisalign, the result is straighter teeth that will give your child’s self-esteem an instant boost.
And that matters, because teens with high self-esteem find life more enjoyable. Self-esteem gives them the courage to try new things, the strength to believe in themselves and the confidence to live life to the fullest. As a parent, what else could you ask for, right?
You may have heard that braces and sports are a no-go zone. 🙅🏻 Made for the sporty ones, #InvisalignTeen provides your teen a safe, convenient way to straighten their teeth while still enjoying the activities that they love!Plus, they can take out the aligners while on the field and pop them straight back in afterwards, without worrying about causing any damage to the appliance.
Posted by i.DENTAL on Tuesday, 6 February 2018
Your child is never too young to get a confidence-boosting smile. Treatments can start from as young as seven years old. If you’d like to learn more, contact the smile doctors at i.Dental for advice!