Invisalign as an Alternative to Braces

While I was typing away on my keyboard on morning while sipping some coffee, my 12 year old son approached me and asked why his teeth were so crooked. I felt bad at the time because I had not noticed how crooked his teeth were. I tried explaining to him about how teeth can go the wrong way and in the end he asked if there was any way to try to make it straight. He wanted to get his teeth straight because his friends would comment on how different his teeth were from theirs and he felt like an outcast. I tried suggesting braces but he immediately said he didn’t want braces because they don’t look good and he might still be teased. I was stumped.

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orthodontics

The situation was kind of confusing and solutions were torn. My son wanted to have straight teeth but didn’t want to have to suffer wearing braces which can be uncomfortable and looks bad. I tried encouraging him and convincing him to wear braces by telling him you can add color to it and tell him he can get it in his favorite color, blue. But that just didn’t work. I was also starting to get angry because my son just kept on whining about getting his teeth straight but didn’t want the only solution I knew. But then I remembered when I was a kid myself. Although it was in a different situation, you always want to fit in and look good.

I tried looking around and asking my friends who had children who got teeth alignment correction and all of them had worn braces. I introduced my son to them and let him get more comfortable about the concept of braces. My son started not minding how the braces looked but the fact that they cannot be removed and you cannot eat some types of food. My son loved eating licorice and chocolate and he didn’t want to part from it while wearing braces.

Middle school was fast approaching and my son was eager to find a way to straighten out his teeth. One time while I was on my way home from the store, I saw an ad about “clear braces”. This definitely caught my attention so I gave them a call. I also did more research on it and found the perfect solution. I knew my son would love this.

What made these invisalign braces great was the fact that they were clear so no one would know if you were even wearing one. Another one thing to consider getting this is the fact that invisalign braces can be removed when desired, so you can eat anything you want. My son just loved it and although it was pricier compared to traditional braces, I can say that the advantages invisalign had to offer make the deal great. During my son’s time in school, no one noticed he was wearing anything on his teeth and when he got home and preparing to eat, he just simply removed it.

Memories of my Braces

Rummaging through my old stuff in my mother’s house, I had discovered a lot of my childhood things. Just some of the things I had found included my old soccer shoes my father bought me when I was nine, a medal from the first game I had won, and even my very first soccer jersey. But when I dug in deeper into one of the boxes, I found a small square case. Inside the case were my braces which I wore from twelve to sixteen years old. Now I could just picture myself being the soccer player with braces. I just kept having flashbacks of those years.

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Invisalign braces

I remember way back trying to argue with my mom that getting braces wasn’t a good idea. I just thought that it would interfere my being a soccer player. Maybe my teammates would even make fun of me so I just kept on saying no to getting braces. After days of arguing with my mother, we had to come to a closure and that was to get braces. What did I get? Well my father promised to buy me the latest model of spikes then and I had been looking to get those shoes for some time.

During the process of getting my braces, I just thought of the new shoes I would be getting. After I had gotten my braces, my mouth just felt numb but on my mind, I was still thinking of the new spikes. I was really excited when we went into the shop. A couple minutes later, I exited the store a very happy soccer player. When I went to practice the next week, I obviously wore the new shoes. All of my teammates were so engrossed on my new shoes that they hardly noticed I had any braces on. They did notice when practice was over.

During schooldays, I still had the feeling of being uncomfortable with my braces because there did seem to be a social stigma with these things. However, being an athlete made me feel a little more comfortable so it was just like I didn’t have any braces on. I did made a number of friends and one of the guys who I got really close with apparently also had braces of his own. So as time went on, we became best friends. We even would sometimes get the color of our braces to match or be exact opposites on the color wheel. If his was red, mine was blue, or we’d both be the same color.

As time went on, I kind of grew attached to my braces. When the time came to get my braces removed, I had mixed feelings. Part of me still wanted them on while the other part was relieved to get them off. At least I wouldn’t have to be burdened with cleaning it from now on. When I did get the braces removed, I asked the orthodontist if I could keep it and had it placed in a small square case which I placed into my memory box.