The thing I get complimented on the most, after my eyes (apparently I have nice eyes), is my smile. I kind of feel like a fraud, because the niceness of my teeth came from three long years of unpleasant orthodontia.
It's a rite of passage, I suppose. And even though it sucked, I am eternally grateful for my parents for forcing me through it. HOORAY FOR PRETTY TEETH!
It wasn't all bad - you got to pick out what color of brackets you got each time, and you got to leave school for an afternoon (or morning) for adjustments.
Unfortunately, whenever they tightened up the wires, you were left with a hellishly sore mouth and achy teeth for the next few days. This was amplified when you hit the Rubber Band stage… I don't remember what those were supposed to do, but they prevented you from being able to open your mouth all the way, which was annoying. And you had to remove them whenever you ate, so you always had gross, saliva-covered bands sitting on your cafeteria tray at lunch. Sexy.
Speaking of sexy...
Kids these days, though. They have it so much easier. They have OPTIONS. Instead of having to suffer through years (YEARS!) of a mouth full of metal and increased self-esteem issues, they get... Invisalign.
Invisalign, to me, seems too good to be true, but I guess it's not because they've fixed the teeth of over two million people (TWO! MILLION! PEOPLE!).
These are not the braces of my youth. First of all, you can't even tell that someone is in the middle of correcting their teeth. Hellooooo jealousy. Also, you can TAKE THEM OUT (!) and you can eat whatever you want. I couldn’t chew gum for many years, or eat things like chewy caramels or taffy (did you ever break one of your brackets? It felt like you broke your actual TOOTH. Awful.) And I wasn't supposed to eat corn on the cob, which, being an Iowa girl, was torture in the summertime.
Cost-wise, well, I don't know. I don't know how much my braces cost or whether they were covered by my parents' dental insurance and so I can't tell you if it's cheaper or more expensive to use Invisalign (though then we'd have to adjust for inflation given that it's been over ten years since I had my braces) (pretend I didn't tell you that), but they have a cost calculator on their site, if you want to play with numbers.
(Thinking about trying it out? Clicky the linky to take the Invisalign Smile Assessment.)
Wouldn't be nice to have pretty teeth without enduring years of crappy stupid metal braces? Yes, yes it would. If you never got the benefit of orthodontia as a teen, this is a great way to do it discreetly. Or if you have kids and they’re self-conscious. Everyone wins.
Except me, because I had to do it the old-fashioned way.
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.