Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post. However, all thoughts and opinions are my own.
Growing up I was the exact opposite of confident. I have my moments even today (don’t we all) but I’d like to think I’ve grown pretty confident in the past couple of years especially. When I was younger I was pretty hard on myself though. I was very insecure and though I loved smiling, I was ashamed to show my teeth. I had an extreme overbite and basically what you could call “buck teeth.” It wasn’t pretty.
I remember getting so upset at my dad because he would make a “buck tooth smile” at me by jutting out his front teeth. Finally, I couldn’t stand it anymore and I asked my parents for braces. That got the ball rolling and soon after I was gagging through plaster molds and crying through the pain of having metal brackets on my teeth. It wasn’t the pain of my teeth moving that hurt the most, it was how raw the inside of my mouth got from the metal cutting up the inside of my cheeks and lips. I cringe just thinking about it!
Braces were pretty socially acceptable when I got them in 8th grade. I remember missing my morning classes while I got them on and as soon as I got to school everyone wanted to see them. They wanted to know what colors I picked out and if it how bad it hurt. Mainly because they knew. They knew that the only excitement involved was dreaming up cool color patterns and they knew pain was involved because most of my friends either already had braces or currently had them on.
Sure, the first couple days were fun. Maybe even the first couple of visits, but picking out colors to help “disguise” the ugliness and awkwardness of metal bracket style braces is only exciting for so long. I had my braces for just over two years… TWO YEARS! Told you my teeth were messed up. They’re a lot better now than they were back then, but since getting my braces off and not wearing my retainers as often as I should, they’ve definitely moved quite a bit. Getting that fixed is something I definitely have in mind for the future. My bottom teeth are just fine because I have a permanent retainer, but my front upper teeth are getting a little bit out of control again. For my taste anyways!
And I’m worried that an overbite and need for orthodontia is in Alea’a future. It’s almost a right of passage and for good reason. A straight smile can make all the difference when it comes to confidence in one’s appearance and I know that when we do start looking into straightening Alea’s teeth, we’re not going to go the metal route. Middle school and high school is awkward enough without having a brace face. Fewer visits to the orthodontist? Less embarrassment? Even less pain? Sounds like the way to go to me. And that’s why we’ll more than likely choose the Invisalign method because we’re fixing her smile and we want to enjoy her smile while we’re going through that process!
Personally my favorite part about Invisalign is that you’re able to take the aligners out! That means no food restrictions like with braces. I remember being SO bummed out that I wasn’t able to eat corn on the cob and when I did (because I was a rebel like that) I would never be able to get all of the corn out of my brackets. It was just messy, uncomfortable and pretty disgusting. And don’t forget gum and popcorn. Having food restrictions during that age period was just no fun at all! It’s great that you’re able to take the Invisalign aligners out and eat those previously forbidden foods if you get a craving!
One of my first and main concerns with Invisalign was losing the aligners. That could get expensive, right? Wrong. With Invisalign and Invisalign Teen, you switch out the aligners every 2 weeks anyways, so if you lose your aligner at the tail end of the two weeks, there’s nothing to worry about because you’ll be getting a new one shortly. How nice is that for forgetful pre-teens and teenagers?
If you’re interested about more in how Invisalign works, check out this informational page. I bet you’ll be just as surprised and amazed as I was! You can also locate an Invisalign doctor, and to see if you’re a good candidate for Invisalign, take your smile assessment test today!
What do you think about Invisalign? Have you or anyone you know tried Invisalign before? I’d love to hear your thoughts!
This post is sponsored by Invisalign. However, all thoughts and opinions are my own.