Specifically, let’s talk about crooked teeth. When I was twelve, my two top teeth went diagonally backward- waaayy crooked! My mouth just didn’t have room for all those teeth.
So I got braces. For four years.
That’s me, with braces, you’re welcome.
I also had a top expander that made it very difficult to talk and eat! And every day I had to take a little key and twist it so it expanded further. Ouch.
At first I had fun with the different colored bands that I could put on my teeth, but when a friend that I looked up to told me that she only ever got the clear bands, I stopped being flamboyant with my colors.
If only I had had options back then! It was hard to find a photo where you could see my braces, because I regularly smiled without showing my teeth. Today there is an alternative to braces, Invisalign!
With Invisalign, you just pop in a plastic aligner made specifically for your teeth, and change it out approximately every two weeks as your teeth align themselves. It’s comfortable and virtually invisible!
Trust me, I am very grateful to have had braces. Today my smile is nice and straight, and I would have worn braces for four more years to get that result! But if Invisalign had been an option back then, I would have begged my parents to let me get it!
Invisalign, the new alternative to braces, has straightened “2 Million Smiles” and counting! On their website you can find the Invisalign Smile Assessment as well as the Invisalign Cost Calculator, to help you decide if Invisalign is right for you.
I know this is something I’ll be looking into in the future, as my kids are basically predestined to have crooked teeth. It’s nice to know that they can potentially avoid the metal embarrassment that Mom and Dad endured (but again, grateful for straight teeth)!