I’m one of the lucky ones who never had to endure “metal mouth.” Never had to deal with office visits that resulted in painful “tightening,” or adjusting, of metal braces. I could eat whatever I wanted, because I had no rules to follow about staying away from gum, bagels, or whatever else kids have to stay away from while wearing metal braces. Never did I have to worry about rubber bands, or my mouth getting all torn up from hitting against the metal on my teeth.
However, my sister did have braces. Many of my friends did, as well. I have to tell you, if given the choice, I’d have told my mom “I’ll deal with the messed up teeth, just leave the braces off.” Every month my sister had to go to the orthodontist. Of course, I was stuck going, as well. I just had to sit in the waiting room, while she was tortured in the chair. I always thought it wasn’t worth the pain. It also wasn’t worth giving up eating corn on the cob, chewing gum, and eating bagels. However, if you had messed up teeth, like my sister had, it was the only option 20-something years ago.
Well, it’s 2013, and there’s another way to correct overly crowded teeth, widely spaced teeth, open bite, cross bite, overbite, and underbite. There’s no need to torture yourself, or your child, with metal braces!!! Invisalign removes the metal from your mouth, so there’s no need to limit what you eat, skip chewing gum, and running to the orthodontist’s office for those emergency office visits for broken wires, or brackets. Ever get your lip, or cheek snagged on one of those wires? I remember it happening all too often, and Mom wasn’t super excited about surprise visits, since we were there so often anyway! However, she wasn’t going to let my sister stay in pain, right?!!! Leaving work early to run my sister to an emergency visit, let’s just say it wasn’t a good time on the ride there, or home, or at dinner…….basically not a good scene for a few days!
In case you’re still wondering……less blood, and pain, and office visits, are all GOOD THINGS. Plus, being able to remove the aligners so you can eat whatever you want, brush and floss, so you can try to avoid cavities, and not look like a chain link fence every time you smile….all of this sounds darn good to me! I do hope my kids turn out to not need braces, like their very lucky mom, but if they do end up needing them……I’d turn to Invisalign first.
Have you, or someone you’ve known, used Invisalign? If so, what was the experience with Invisalign? Please share in the comments!