I’m in denial that next week is the last week of 2015. So much has happened this past year – from my oldest daughter getting engaged (wow!!) to my next daughter starting her journey with Invisalign AND her journey as a driver. It’s been a good year, but I’m even more hopeful and excited about 2016. I am resolving to SMILE more this coming year, and I think that this graphic from Invisalign is just perfect:
December marks 6 months since Necco started her Invisalign treatment. Just the other day, she was joking with her brother that her January birthday present to him would be no more gap in her front teeth. He scoffed at her (I get it…he’s not very concerned about his sister’s teeth) but for me and Necco, the fact that her gap is almost closed is HUGE. It feels like the time has flown by and I am floored that we can see such a drastic difference already.
One of the things Necco and I were talking about after her last orthodontist appointment was the fact that her orthodontist has praised her progress each time. I have to say…when my oldest daughter was in the middle of her Invisalign treatment several years ago, the dentist frequently asked her if she was wearing them for the specified number of hours each day and then advising her to wear her trays “just a little longer.” Necco’s faithfulness in wearing her aligners all the time has been a true sign that following the advice of the orthodontist and wearing the aligners 22 hours a day really pays off.
A few of the things we have continued to love about Invisalign:
- Necco can eat anything she wants – popcorn, gum, candy, apples, etc. (she really is a healthy eater, but she COULD eat all of these things if she wanted to!). She does have to pop her aligners out before she eats, which typically just means that she’s more picky about snacking. She’d rather pass on food that she doesn’t really need.
- Her Invisalign check ups are so quick – typically less than 10 minutes. The doctor looks at her teeth, looks at her aligners, asks a few questions, then gives her another set of aligners to take for the next 6 weeks until he sees her again.
- Not only are the orthodontist visits quick, but we only have to go in to the office every 6 weeks. It’s not a big inconvenience in our schedules.
- Necco loves being able to look ahead at the aligners that she’ll be wearing soon to see what area of her teeth will be worked on. She was excited at her last visit to see that the targeted area was her front tooth gap, and she could see that the gap would be closed before her January appointment.
- Necco says that she experiences very little pain – usually only for a short time right after putting brand new aligners in. Otherwise, she hardly notices that they’re there.
- My youngest son, AJ, is already asking us if HE can get Invisalign when he’s old enough. So obviously, there’s a cool factor!
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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