I am a member of the Invisalign Moms Advisory Board, and my daughter is receiving complimentary Invisalign treatment.
When I first got Invisalign a few years ago, I didn’t tell my family when I actually picked them up and started wearing them. I wanted to see how long it would take them to notice. My daughter Fiona was actually the first one to notice, after about a week if I remember correctly. Ever since then, she’s been fascinated with the idea of Invisalign.
Well, it’s finally her turn! We were waiting for her back molars to come in, and they have. I took her in for her first visit a few weeks ago, and my orthodontist, Dr. Hung, said that her teeth were ready. (You can look for your own Invisalign provider here.)
Before he gave the OK, though, he had a talk with Fiona that was very similar to the one he had with me on my first visit. He stressed the importance of wearing Invisalign trays for 22 hours a day. He explained to her that you get out of Invisalign what you put into it, and that in order to have results as good as my own (yes, he held me up as an example of an excellent patient!!), she would have to follow the rules.
Fiona’s twelve, and while she said she’s sure about being a good Invisalign patient, I’m very curious to see how she handles it. I mean, I handled it fine, but I’m an adult and I knew what I was getting into. Her treatment is probably going to last 18-24 months. She’ll have to clean her Invisalign trays every day, and try very hard not to lose any of them while she’s eating. But she swears she’s ready!
At that first visit the staff took X-rays of her mouth and did a scan of her teeth. When I had my scans done a few years ago, I thought it was the neatest thing in the world. They move this big wand thing all over the inside of your mouth and it creates a 3D model of your teeth almost instantly!
Well, now there’s a new generation scanner, and it’s smaller and quicker than the one they used on me. My scans used to take about 15 minutes. Hers took five!
We went back a week later to see the plan that Dr. Hung had designed for Fiona. It was really cool to see her teeth up there on the screen, as the doctor clicked through the changes that each tray would bring to her mouth!
So now we’re waiting for her trays to come in, which should be any day now.
Fiona is incredibly eager to get her teeth fixed. They look a lot like mine did before I had my treatment, so I totally sympathize with her. She’s beautiful just the way she is, but I’m glad she’s getting them done now. I have noticed that she likes to smile with her mouth closed in pictures.
Hopefully, having teeth that she’s proud to show off will mean more pictures with a giant smile on her face! You can use the Smile Assessment Tool to help determine if Invisalign can help your smile.
I am a member of the Invisalign Moms Advisory Board. I am receiving complimentary Invisalign treatment as part of this program. All opinions are my own and based on my own and my daughter’s treatment experience. Full disclosure can be found here: http://shout.lt/ggGP.