Growing up, no sophisticated approach to braces existed. Your only option: metal braces. I’m one of the lucky ones, never having to endure “metal mouth.” Never having to deal with office visits resulting in painful “tightening,” or adjusting, of metal braces. I ate 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. Thankfully, worrying about rubber bands, or my mouth tearing apart from hitting against the metal on my teeth, wasn’t an issue.
A more sophisticated approach to braces is available
Metal braces to fix teeth
Though I’m one of the lucky ones, my sister wasn’t. She had 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. I always thought it wasn’t worth the pain. It also wasn’t worth giving up eating corn on the cob, chewing on bubble gum, and eating bagels. However, if you had messed up teeth, like my sister had, it was the only option 20-something years ago.
Clear alternative to braces
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. No one needs to skip chewing gum. Even better? No more running to the orthodontist’s office for emergency 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 to my sister, 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!