I was going through a box of photos from my childhood with my kids the other day. It was my “braces period” so the photos weren’t my favorite. I would have looked better with Invisalign than my giant metal mouth, and my kids were happy to tell me all about it.
A few weeks ago, I was lucky enough to attend a mini-bloggy bootcamp courtesy of the SITS girls and Invisalign. When I got the opportunity to write a sponsored post for Invisalign, I was only to happy to do so. Even though this is a sponsored post, the opinions are all mine.
If you aren’t familiar with Invisalign, Invisalign is a series of nearly invisible, removable “aligners” that are used to gradually straighten teeth without metal or wires.
I got braces in sixth grade. I had the huge overbite AND the weird teeth that were higher than the rest AND the spiky ones that looked like fangs. My smile was messed up.
I’m going to go ahead and blame braces for all the evil in my awkward teenage years. There is no other possible explanation for the funky hair and full length chiffon dress. (It couldn’t possibly have had something to do with the fact that it was the 80′s.)
If you look really close, you might see some blue frosted eye shadow. I’m certain I smelled like Love’s Baby Soft.
My husband and I both wore braces. We wear glasses. One of our kids seems like he won the genetic lottery. The other one is already wearing glasses and obviously will be in need of orthodontic services soon. He already has the funky dracula smile.
As a mom, I was already dreading the whole orthodontic thing because I had horrible memories.
Braces hurt. Braces made me unwilling to smile. Braces made the whole teenage dating thing a even more awkward. It was just… bad. Really really bad.
(raise your hand if you remember how your lips felt after a really long good night kiss on the front porch. mine always felt like i’d been rubbing my face against the cheese grater.)
Since it wouldn’t be fair to show you a “before” shot of how nerdy I looked with braces without showing an “after” shot, I dug around and found another wedding family photo for comparison.
Not even a hint of Love’s Baby Soft in that photo.
If I could do something that would let my kids skip past the whole awkward phase off sparkly blue eye shadow, bad perfume, and awkward cheese grater kisses, I would.
I may not be able to protect my boys from all the weird and awkward parts of their teen years (I’m quite certain they’ll wear too much Axe on a first date), but I can at least protect them from the cheese grater thing.
Orthodontic technology has changes a LOT since the eighties!
Invisalign is better.
When compared to metal (or even ceramic wire & bracket) braces, the clearaligner option has many benefits. Although the cost is roughly about the same as traditional braces, the system usually requires fewer office visits, shorter appointments and no “emergency” visits for broken wires or brackets. Metal wires and brackets can cause irritation or even accident-related injuries,especially for teens involved in sports.
Braces are a rite of passage for many kids, and thanks to 21st century technology such as Invisalign Teen, patients can watch their winning smile evolve instead of waiting to see the final result when the traditional metal brackets come off. Invisalign patients can start to see improvements and progress in as little as 90 days.
The more I look into it, the more comfortable I am with the entering the “braces phase” with my sons.
I love that Invisalign simplifies the experience, speeds it up, and costs about the same as traditional braces.
Do you have an Invisalign story to tell?