We’ve got a thumb-sucker.
Ever since she was an infant, Giggles has had an affinity for her thumb. It was cute in the beginning: no need for a pacifier and “yay! she can self-soothe!” But as she grew older and as her teeth started coming in, Hubby and I started to predict trouble. She was showing no signs of letting up on her thumb and her adorable little baby teeth were getting bent out of shape…and so were we.
Hubby, who had been a thumb-sucker himself for more years than he cares to share, immediately went on a tear to end her habit. He tried everything from old-school remedies: sprinkle some hot sauce on her thumb! to new school contraptions: a pink satin thumb cover from Amazon.com that she swore would help her to stop. Nothing worked.
Here we are, 6 years in and now <cue the horror music> her adult teeth are starting to come in!
It’s safe to say that braces are in our future.
The good news is that there seems to be options that are lightyears better than the clunky metal joints that we had growing up. Invisalign is one of them. And, lucky for Giggles, they have a product specifically designed for teens.
Fast Facts About Invisalign
What Is Invisalign?
Invisalign (also known as “clear braces”) are nearly invisible, removable appliances or “aligners” that are used to straighten teeth—alone for comprehensive orthodontic treatment or as a key component of restorative or cosmetic dental work. Invisalign is appropriate for treating adults and teens.
How Does It Work?
Invisalign uses a series of clear, removable aligners to gradually straighten teeth, without metal or wires. After detailed impressions are taken of the teeth, the company utilizes proprietary 3D computer imaging technology to map the patient’s complete treatment from start to finish. Patients wear each aligner for about two weeks. During this time, the aligners gradually move their teeth until they achieve the prescribed final position.
Not Your Mother’s Braces
Invisalign is: nearly undetectable, removable, comfortable and the average case takes about a year.
Here’s the thing about crooked teeth: they can have a crippling effect on a person’s self-confidence, which we all know impacts so many aspects of his or her life, especially in the pre-teen/teen years where self-image and self-esteem are being tested and developed. As silly as it may sound, having confidence in your smile is a critical piece of that foundation.
I’ve had the benefit of having a nice smile, without having the need for braces, my entire life. I definitely think it’s been a huge asset and confidence-booster. My smile disarms tentative or grumpy souls that I cross paths with; it’s seduced suitors (my husband will even attest); and it communicates the warmth and genuineness of my personality (I think). I can’t imagine not being able to smile frequently and confidently – it’s a huge part of who I am.
And so, when the time comes, Hubby and I will certainly be looking into options for Giggles to improve her smile. It just may influence her entire future.
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Disclosure: This post was written as part of a paid campaign with Invisalign, however, all thoughts and opinions are my own.