It’s been five months since Eloise had her braces ‘installed.’ She used to laugh when I said that, but now she just rolls her eyes and walks away from me quickly. Sometimes I do believe she’s afraid my humor is contagious and she would truly hate to catch that. You know how those tweens are.
So then I show her a picture of me on the day I had mine ‘installed’ in 1981 and not only did I have awesome braces but I wore a super cool t-shirt that said “Em-brace Me You Fool” because duh. I was hot and OMG do you remember how we used to worry about kissing boys with braces and we’d get locked together and our parents would like totally find out? Dear Mom, this never happened to me.
Basically at this point I was just two years away from that dreaded period post braces when you wear a removable retainer and then accidentally send yours on your lunch tray down the conveyor and it ends up in the vat of retainers that you dig through and try on at 3pm with all of your friends. Good times my friends. Good times. Wasn’t junior high awesome?
Eloise’s braces will come off this Spring as this is just stage 1 of super-awesome-straight-gorgeous-teeth. When Eloise has finally lost all of her baby teeth she will get full braces. Or if it’s up to her and it works for us, Eloise wants to look into Invisalign. Oh yes, she has seen them and heard all about them and her sales pitch has already started. Basically then I stomp my feet and whine and ask why oh why Invisalign wasn’t around when I was 13? I mean I had metal braces and wires, and the only video game invented at the time was like ‘Pong!’
Invisalign is super cool though and I get why she wants to learn more. Invisalign Teen uses a series of clear, removable aligners to gradually straighten teeth, without metal or wires. Invisalign Teen is designed for patients who have lost all their baby teeth and have second molars at least partially erupted (growing in) – this includes most teens. Invisalign’s treatment capabilities are not limited to mild/cosmetic cases – Invisalign can help correct a broad range of cases: Overly crowded teeth, widely spaced teeth, crossbite, overbite and underbite. Eloise has very crowded teeth just like her lovely mom.
And what parents want to know – In most cases, Invisalign is comparable in cost to traditional braces. You can find out more on the Invisalign Cost Calculator.
Invisalign treatment is also ideal for busy parents because there are never any emergency appointments from broken wires/brackets; it requires fewer appointments (because you get your sets in advance) and less chair time (for those uncomfortable tightenings). This is truly key as we’ve already had many emergency appointments and tough nights after the tightenings. Seriously, no fun.
For the kids, Invisalign are comfortable and clear so they look amazing. You can also remove them to fully clean and brush your teeth which I completely love. Have you seen the stuff that can get in braces. Yuck.
Over two million smiles have already chosen Invisalign and Eloise is determined to be two million and one. Ahem.
Have you or your kids had Invisalign?