Disclosure: I was monetarily compensated for this post but, as I always say, you can expect the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth from me. Money doesn’t sway me. It’s how I roll.
I was the first kid in my 5th grade class to get braces. I was excited to get them…for some reason. But that excitement deflated quickly after they were on for less than a minute. My mouth was in pain. And the wires? They dug into my cheeks making them raw and bloody, despite the provided wax.
I hated them.
But, I wore them until I was in 7th grade.
I was taunted with the typical “metal mouth” and “brace-face” teases. It didn’t hurt my feelings, there was nothing untrue about the insults. I had a mouth FULL of metal braces that left me feeling gawky and unattractive. It was bad enough I was already starting to go through puberty, the added ugliness didn’t make me feel any better about myself.
4 out of 5 of my kids had braces. Sort of recently. My youngest is the last metal-mouth victim. Sadly, he is not an Invisalign candidate, he has too much work that needs to be done.
How did I NOT know about Invisalign when my other three kids were going through this braces phase is beyond me. Perhaps it wasn’t suggested, I don’t know.
I recently hosted an Invisalign Party at my house. Sadly, most of my pictures turned out awful but these below…fair. OK, I’m not a photographer, I’m a writer. What can I tell you.
I had 13 local bloggers here, most of whom I didn’t know. But now I do. And that was AWESOME! Also, Dr. Scott Tyler from a local Orthodontic practice came and spoke to us about the benefits of Invisalign. And, I have to tell you, this product sounds awesome.
It’s this little plastic plate places over the teeth that straightens them as effectively as braces. The wearer, however, has to be mature enough to be proactive. Because it is a removable product…take them out when eating and drinking anything but water, the patient has to remember to put it back in.
The cost of Invisalign is pretty comparable to regular orthodontics, which was shocking. I figured because it’s such a new process, it would be more expensive. Au contraire.
Had Invisalign been around back when I was a mouth full of metal, I would have BEGGED my parents to spare me the brace face and allow me to use Invisalign. I know that, had I known about Invisalign when my older kids were getting braces, I would have probably opted for this for them.
So, if your teens are in need of braces, check out Invisalign for them. They’ll thank you for it.
Here are a couple photos of the bloggers:
Another disclosure because it is required: Monetary compensation for a post of all my own opinions. It’s a sweet deal.