I remember how incredibly self-conscious I was. I spent most of my time wishing I could just disappear. An invisibility cloak like Harry Potter's would have been my idea of the perfect accessory :).
I hated a lot about the way I looked... everything from how tall I was (too tall) and my body size (too fat), to my hair (too frizzy) and my teeth (too many gaps, too much gums showing).
Looking back I can see how warped my self-image was. I mean really... this is me on the day of my high school graduation...
My hair was not frizzy, I was not too tall or too fat and my smile was nice. But at the time I was even too self-conscious to go with a "real" date so I made my very kind friend Greg from my church youth group take me to my graduation.
My point is that a teenager does not need any help feeling bad about themselves. Having to wear uncomfortable metal braces is just one more thing that could make a teen feel self-conscious. I know so many women who refused to smile as teens because of their braces. How sad is that?!!
Thanks to Mom Central I was recently introduced to Invisalign Teen.
Here are Some facts:- Invisalign Teen effectively straightens teeth like metal braces and is an ideal choice for active teens- Invisalign is not only available for adults. The new Invisalign Teen was developed with leading orthodontists who understand the unique treatment and compliance needs of teens as well as their active lifestyles- Every patient’s needs are different and there are many factors that determine the cost of Invisalign treatment. But, in most cases, Invisalign is comparable in costs to traditional braces, is covered by most dental insurance plans, and affordable financing options are always available.- Invisalign’s treatment capabilities are not limited to mild/cosmetic cases – Invisalign can help correct a broad range of cases: Overly crowded teeth, widely spaced teeth, crossbite, overbite and underbite- Invisalign treatment is also ideal for busy parents because there are never any emergency appointment from broken wires/brackets; it requires fewer appointment (because you get your sets in advance) and less chair time (for those uncomfortable tightenings)- The total treatment time with Invisalign averages between nine and 15 months and the number of aligners worn during treatment is between 18 and 30. Treatment time is about the same as with metal braces and in some cases, shorter.- There are almost two million Invisalign cases in treatment or completed worldwide (15-20% are teens)
You can enter to win an Invisalign Teen full treatment (value of up to $7000!) here:
Disclosure – I am participating in the Invisalign Teen program by Mom Central Canada on behalf of Align Technology, Inc. I received compensation as a thank you for my participation. The opinions on this blog are my own.