I never felt prettier than the week I got married. I was slender, young, toned and my hair looked fabulous.
We spent our honeymoon in a scenic, rural area. One day my new husband and I were out seeing the sights and stopped at a country store for a cold drink.
There was a little girl near the ice chest where we were selecting our bottles of coke. She was staring at me, watching me talk to my husband. I gave her a big smile.”She must not see a lot of stylish city women like me,” I though, tossing my glossy mane.
She looked at me, took a deep breath and said: “Yor toof is backards.”
What a gut punch.
I thought I was all Audrey Hepburn in front of Tiffany & Co., and with one sentence that little kid made me feel like Audrey Hepburn at the start of My Fair Lady.
I do have crooked teeth and sometimes it makes me very self-conscious.
I’ve already had my older two kids through braces and I’m very proud I could provide them with something that was beyond my parents’ reach.
My sons had a decent experience with standard metal braces, but there were plenty of problems.
- Brackets broke and required an extra trip to the orthodontist, sometimes at a cost.
- The metal irritated their gums and cheeks to the point of bleeding.
- Food got stuck in their braces and stayed there until they went to brush.
- Sports and playing some musical instruments could be painful, if not impossible.
- I had to constantly check their oral hygiene since slackness in that area while you have metal braces could result in permanent tooth damage around the spot where the brackets are cemented to the tooth.
- They hated not being able to eat what they wanted. Our ortho told us even pizza crusts could be too much for the wires to handle, let alone apples, chips, carrots and anything chewy, like gum or taffy.
- They each had two years when they couldn’t eat popcorn at the movies. No fun when you are fifteen and want to fit in with your friends.
- They wouldn’t smile in pictures. I am chalking this one up to the braces.
I have two younger children–pre-teens who will need braces soon–and I want something different for them.
My research has led me to Invisalign. Invisalign is an orthodontic treatment that uses a series of clear, nearly invisible, removable appliances that gently straighten teeth.
Each tray, changed every few weeks, moves the teeth a little more into the proper position.
Invisalign trays can be removed for eating, important photographs, and make it so easy to thoroughly clean your teeth, eliminating all the problems we experienced with metal braces.
New technology makes Invisalign available to more people that ever since new Invisalign G3 can now be used by patients with a crossbite, overbite or underbite, or with teeth that are severely crowded or widely spaced.
This is a big step forward since one of my kids had a crossbite that required a metal appliance spanning the roof of her mouth, requiring a little wrench to twist it farther apart to move her teeth. Ouch! It was very cumbersome, affected her speech the whole time and made her lisp.
I recommend getting more than one opinion. We went to several doctors for consultations before our traditional metal braces and found services and prices vary enough to help decide on a provider.
Straight teeth are about more than vanity. Teeth that are aligned properly are easier to keep clean and might make the difference in having a healthy smile that lasts your whole life.
And then the worst thing that happens to you after your wedding day will be writing all those thank you notes.