So, braces are a teenager thing, right?
I figured orthodontists and talk of braces wouldn’t be a worry I’d have for at least a few more years, but after being a fly on the wall at a conference full of of dentists and orthodontists last year it turns out a child’s first visit to an orthodontist should occur no later than 7 years old and extreme issues can be avoided with minor intervention now. Which is to say, Addie’s teeth are a wee bit crowded in her mouth, each year I’ve watched them shift around and my worries of her dealing dental issues until she is old enough to have braces are false. A few small adjustments now will make for a happy mouth (and (most likely) no braces) later.
Also, it turns out teeth aren’t genetically predisposed to come in straight like mine did (to be fair, I may have never had braces, but boy howdy did I get dealt a pretty rotten set of eyeballs.) so it’s impossible to just sit back and think “I have good teeth, surely my child will too!” (So it’s not impossible to think that, because I did, but it is wrong.) This is where we talk about Cody’s teeth. They’re straight! They’re just not all there, maybe some of you have noticed? He had one tooth that failed to come in and when the option of having it fixed was presented to him as a teenager he passed, because he figured there may be needles involved, he didn’t want a mouth full of metal and he thought it looked cool.
20 years later he’s regretting that decision as a professional attorney with a missing tooth. (According to this infographic, 94% (!!) of Americans think crooked teeth should be fixed.)
The idea of being an attorney with a missing tooth is only slightly worse than an attorney with a mouthful of metal braces.
Invisalign has been a topic of discussion on our house for a long time as a way to fix Cody’s missing tooth, but Invisalign Teen has now become a topic of discussion to fix Addie’s crowding issues as well. When I received this opportunity to work with Invisalign I figured it would be a good kick in the pants to really look into it for both of them, because up until now I’ve been convinced it won’t work for either of their situations nor will we be able to afford it. I completed the Invisalign smile assessment convinced it would tell me that Addie was too young to be considered for treatment (she’ll be 10 in December) but after answering a few simple questions it suggested that she may be a good candidate and there are computers working hard to provide me information via email on Invisalign providers near me.
I would much rather get all of this straightening business out of the way with Addie now so we don’t have to worry about orthodontic visits when her life and social calendar really pick up over the next few years. I know Cody would also like to get his missing tooth taken care of, but as with anything, real life sometimes gets in the way and it’s taken something like this to really convince me to begin seriously researching our options. Of course Addie still has the youthful idea that metal braces are an awesome rite of passage (a belief I once held as well) but after talking to parents of children with braces? I’d really rather not have snapping bands, broken wire and wax in my everyday life.
As a bonus, Invisalign is giving away an full treatment with the winner to be announced at the beginning of October. Hey, a chance at a free treatment is a pretty good incentive right? You can enter the Straight Talk Sweepstakes below, through Facebook or through this mobile friendly link.
Did you know orthodontic intervention and treatment can begin as young as Addie’s age with Invisalign? Because before today, I had no idea.
Disclosure: A special thanks to Invisalign for sponsoring this post, as always, thoughts and opinions are my own.