I am the daughter of a dentist. Teeth are the first thing I notice on someone (sorry, yes, I am staring at your teeth when I am talking to you). When I was 13 years old, I had braces – when I found out that I needed them, I was actually excited. I thought it was cool to have braces – until I had to wear them. Then I couldn’t wait to get them off. When you are a teenager, going through that awkward stage, you don’t need anything else to make you feel more awkward!
So I had my braces on for about a year and a half. After that I wore my retainer for a few years, as directed by my then orthodontist. As the years went by, my teeth started shifting again. While my teeth are still pretty straight, if they aren’t held by something, they are always moving. So, my bite shifted a bit and my lower front teeth started crowding and overlapping a bit. As I mentioned, teeth are the first thing I notice on someone and let’s just say this shifting was starting to bother me!
So when Invisalign called me and ask if I would be interested in being part of the Mom Advisory Board, I was up for learning more about it. My two older sons have both gone through orthodontic treatments (one is completed and one is finishing up!) We have been very happy with their treatment, but I had heard about Invisalign, and thought that it may be a good option for me and my youngest son.
Before I agreed to be part of the Mom Advisory Board I wanted to discuss the options with my orthodontist.
I always thought that my kids were not good candidates for Invisalign. I’m not really sure why I didn’t, but thought it was meant for adults. When I spoke with my orthodontist, she actually said that he was a very good candidate. Her main concern was if he would be responsible enough to care for them while at school, which that was not a worry for me at all – I knew he could handle it! He has some sensory issues and she said that this was really good for kids who may get bothered by the brackets and pick at the braces. In addition, because one of the areas that we are correcting is his open bite, she said that Invisalign is the best option for fixing this and she finds that the treatment outcome is better than with traditional braces. What is also great is that he can eat, brush and floss normally – and another bonus – he has a Bar Mitzvah coming up and I don’t have to worry about having braces in our family pictures!
For my case – I love that I can improve my smile without going through that awkward teen phase again! Get your smile assessed here and see if you are a good candidate!
Orthodontics can also have a positive impact on your confidence; no more hiding your smile or feeling less than fabulous! If you or your tween/teen is looking to straighten your teeth, click here to find an orthodontist near you.
Check out my before pictures! Cannot wait to see the after!
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