Before Necco, my 16-year-old, started her Invisalign Teen treatment last May, she was nervous.
“But I like the space in my teeth. It’s part of who I am.”
“What if it hurts?”
“I’m not looking forward to having to take trays out every time I want to eat. It’s inconvenient and it’s embarrassing and awkward.”
Those are all concerns Necco had before she met with her Invisalign doctor for the first time last spring. And almost instantly after she had her initial consultation and saw how Invisalign could work on her teeth, those worries were washed away.
She now praises her Invisalign. She loves being able to pick up her new aligners from the orthodontist (she has a quick appointment every 6-8 weeks or so) and see how her teeth will be moving in the coming weeks.
The Coolest Thing Anyone Has Ever Said About Her Invisalign
Just after the holidays, Necco got together with her quartet to practice a few new songs. Their mentor and coach at the high school met with them. I loved hearing Necco’s story when I picked her up after their practice was over. Necco had not seen the teacher/coach much since the early summer, and one of the first things she noticed about Necco was her teeth. The difference is drastic! In fact, she was so confused at how Necco’s teeth could have changed so drastically in such a short amount of time. “Did you get braces over the summer??” she asked.
Necco was able to show her teacher that she was in fact wearing Invisalign and explained that she had been wearing aligners all along but she hadn’t noticed them. We both loved that the teacher had noticed how great her teeth looked but she didn’t notice that she was wearing Invisalign!
Could there be anything better for a teen needing braces than for no one to even notice that she’s wearing braces?
The only thing better, perhaps, is the fact that she doesn’t have to skip on teen favorites like popcorn and chewy candy while her teeth are getting straightened. All she has to do is pop her aligners out and eat like normal. Then before putting her aligners back in, she cleans her teeth. It couldn’t be easier (and she doesn’t even complain anymore about having to take her aligners out at school and when she’s out with friends).
So far, Necco’s Invisalign journey couldn’t be more smooth. I’ve noticed (as a second-time Invisalign mom) that it really pays off to wear the aligners for the specified 22 hours a day (just take them out to eat and clean your teeth) AND that taking aligners out and putting them back in properly makes a huge difference in how well they last. Necco hasn’t had any troubles with her aligners tearing (a regular problem with my older daughter).
I can’t wait to see how much her smile improves over the next 8 months. I’m not sure I want time to pass by that quickly, though….I want to keep Necco around here as long as I can!
Questions? Ask away! I’ll be sharing more information in the coming months about Necco’s journey with Invisalign and my time on the Invisalign Mom Advisory Board. Please feel free to ask me any questions – here, privately, on Facebook, wherever!
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