I am a member of the Invisalign Mom Advisory Board and my daughter, Necco, is currently receiving her treatment for free.
Tomorrow Necco heads back to her orthodontist to check the progress of her Invisalign treatment. It’s crazy how fast treatment is going and how quickly we’ve been able to notice a difference. Here I am with Necco and my younger daughter, Reese, on a recent Girl’s Night Out. Doesn’t Necco look amazing? And happy? And confident? (Just ignore the fatigue on my face!)
The biggest thing I’ve noticed with her Invisalign treatment is that she is more confident and happy and smiley than ever before. And I love that Invisalign hasn’t stopped her from being able to do the things she loves the most – like singing with her quartet!
Orthodontics and Musical Instruments: Kids Don’t Need Excuses To NOT Practice!
Perhaps one of the biggest concerns for both parents and teens before starting orthodontic treatment is whether braces will limit their ability to continue to play an instrument or perform with a musical group. While Necco’s instrument (the viola) doesn’t involve her mouth at all, many of my friends’ kids play instruments like the flute and the trumpet and the trombone. As a mother of 5 kids who have studied musical instruments I know first hand that it’s not easy to motivate kids to practice their music and any deterrent (like braces that make playing an instrument with their mouth uncomfortable to nearly impossible) makes it that much harder.
One of the best things about Invisalign is that there are no metal brackets that cause discomfort when playing an instrument, which means that teens have no excuse to not practice. And unlike traditional metal braces, Invisalign can be removed if needed (It’s important to remember, though, that Invisalign aligners should be kept on the teeth around 22 hours a day, and Necco typically only takes them out to eat). It’s helpful to have the option!
Since Necco’s favorite “instrument” is her voice, we were concerned before starting her Invisalign treatment that her aligners would make it difficult to sing or that they would somehow change her voice (in the same way that a stuffy nose changes her voice). We’re happy to report that her only moment of awkwardness was in the first 1-2 days after wearing her first Invisalign aligners. Since she got used to those original aligners, she hasn’t even noticed them at all. She can sing to her heart’s content.
The only thing holding her back is opportunity to get on stage.
And I love that.
Unbrace Teen Confidence
Check out invisalign.com/unbraceteenconfidence where you can view and download the free interactive pocket guide from Invisalign, see the recent survey about teen confidence, and learn more about what teens and moms have to say about confidence.
For every person that clicks, shares or downloads the guide, the Invisalign Teen brand is donating $1 to DoSomething.org — an organization that builds teen confidence by creating opportunities for them to drive positive change and help the world suck less.
Questions? Ask away! I’ll be sharing more information in the coming months about Necco’s journey with Invisalign and my time on the Mom Advisory Board. Please feel free to ask me any questions – here, privately, on Facebook, wherever!
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