|I must admit, this straight teeth smile looks|
weird to me still!
"How are you today, kiddo?" Kiddo??
"Good, unless you change your mind in the next few minutes."
The dentist laughed as he wrenched off the little bits of metal--the tooth "jewelry"--that had been holding my pearlies in place for the last several months.
After some buzzing and scraping of cement, I nearly cried when the hand mirror showed me straight, white-ish I-no-longer-look-like-a-7th-grader teeth. It only took 40 Invisalign trays, 1 row of metal railroad tracks and 22 long months.
Looking back, I wouldn't have done my treatment differently (save for wearing my trays more conscientiously), but I do have some thoughts for those weighing the Invisalign v. Metal Mouth braces decision.
The best part of Invisalign? Apparently most people didn't notice my braces. It wasn't until I got the metal mouth variety that people frequently remarked upon my mouth accoutrement. Also, eating, flossing and brushing were easy.
|The before times.|
Traditional braces Pros/Cons
|Someone, perhaps pictured in this photo and wearing a|
pink polka dot princess hat, laughed at my braces every
time she saw them for the first couple days.
The lame part of metal mouth life? LOOKING LIKE A FREAKING 12-YEAR-OLD. It wasn't until I got my braces off that I realized how much I avoided smiling over the last several months, so much so that casually smiling to strangers felt weird at first. More than "itchy" teeth, shredded lips, sore gums and the inability to eat fruit whole, I hated feeling self-conscious about my smile. (Consequently, I have loads of empathy for folks who do the braceface thing during tumultuous teenage years.)
Post-braces, I'm thrilled with the results and have promised to faithfully wear my retainers so as to not end up in braces again at age 60.
braceface no more!
The Braceface Chronicles:
Help, I have tooth nubs now
Invisalign lifestyle issues
Conveniently spaced appointments rock
The joys of public teeth brushing and discovering the Colgate "Wisp"
The teeth shaving terror that wasn't
Mid-course corrections and tooth nub removal
When impatience trumps vanity