Em-Brace Me You Fool

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?

For more information, please visit Invisalign. I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective, and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

About Tracy

My name is Tracy Morrison and I live in sunny Minnesota. I'm neither British nor a nun - I'm just a Midwesterner with a headache. This is mainly a humor and lifestyle blog that documents the lighter side of parenting. I am an ex-corporate ladder climber turned freelance writer, social media manager, world traveler, and marathon runner. I would love for you to contact me at tracy@sellabitmum.com

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  1. says

    I haven’t tried Invisalign. The closest I came was the first time I had braces I got the clear ones (in my 20s because I was too cute in high school to do it then and my mother didn’t make me. WHY? WHY DIDN’T SHE MAKE ME? Does she not look at me at 39 STILL IN BRACES and not say I should have made her?). My 12-year-old goes in for a consult next month. She won’t be getting hers on until I’m done, though. We’ll likely look into all options except the clear because the brackets came off too easily. Part of me thinks kids need to do traditional braces just as a rite of passage. Everything’s getting easier/better for them.
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  2. says

    I just had ginormous braces with colorful rubber bands and all I remember is the PAIN. and then I remember that my teeth felt very huge and slimy, after I got them removed. Like four years later.

    I hope to use something like Invisalign if my kiddos need braces. So much better!
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  3. Wendy says

    I had headgear. There is nothing cool about it. My ortho wanted me to wear it during school, too. Needless to say, there was no way that was going to happen (I was 10), so I ended up having to wear the braces longer.
    Now my own daughter heads for a consult this month and I can almost feel the money being sucked from my wallet. I have so much thanks for my folks who paid for my brother and I to get braces! And looking back. I would complain that they wouldn’t buy me the $70 jeans… Hello 10 year old self? They just dumped thousands on your smile!

    Invisilign looks awesome. Hopefully my daughter will be a candidate for that.

  4. says

    love your retro pic!

    I had traditional braces in middle school and my teeth came out looking fantastic. sadly, I didn’t wear my retainers enough and my teeth ended up moving a bit over the years. earlier this year I got invisalign to reign the rogue teeth back in and I am so happy to have my teeth back in shape!

    (and this time I am wearing my retainers!)
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  5. says

    My daughter has Invisalign, she’s about a year into her treatment. It has been great and she was the perfect candidate for it because she’s so responsible about taking care of it and keeping track of when she has to switch them.