Last year one of Fiona’s best friends got braces, and Fiona asked me if she would need braces too. While Fiona herself is absolutely adorable, her teeth are a mess – there’s no way she won’t need them straightened some day. But at that point I was already looking into Invisalign aligners for myself, before I started working with Invisalign as a blogger (I’m a member of the Invisalign Mom Advisory Board, and am receiving complimentary treatment). I suggested to her that aligners might be easier than metal braces – no restrictions on what she can eat, no worries about getting hit in the mouth with a ball in gym.
She was skeptical. She didn’t quite understand what I was talking about. She understood braces.
Fast forward to a few months ago, when I started wearing Invisalign. Fiona was the only one in my family to notice! And she became obsessed with them. She kept asking when I was going to take them out, because she wanted to see. So whenever I was getting ready to eat I would call her over, and she would watch, fascinated. She asked me endless questions like if they hurt (not so far!) and if she could eat whatever she wanted while in treatment (yes!). She was sold.
After ten weeks with my aligners (five sets) I needed to go back and see my orthodontist, the wonderful Dr. Hung. Fiona was excited to come with me. His office is in Rockefeller Center, which was exciting for her on its own. I mean, the views alone.
While we were waiting for Dr. Hung I showed Fiona the iTero scanner that had made a scan of my mouth (it’s that thing with the cord under the TV screen in the picture up there). I explained how much easier this was than the old way of making a physical mold of teeth (seriously, when looking for an Invisalign provider, make sure he or she has the scanner!).
I introduced Fiona to the doctor and told him that she was hoping to be a future patient of his! But we knew it wasn’t time yet – she’s only lost nine of her baby teeth. He took a good look in her mouth, and said that we should come back and see him when she’s lost her molars, or they’re at least all loose. At that point she can start the Invisalign process! Until then, he said to relax – it’s all fixable.
He also showed Fiona the 3D image of my mouth, and how my teeth are going from crooked to straight in 26 steps.
I still love looking at the progression, and now that I’m about to change to my eighth set of aligners I can totally see it happening for real. When I floss I’ve noticed that spots that used to be tight are now looser – everything is moving and shifting and making room.
Dr. Hung gave me enough aligners so that I don’t have to see him again until late October, and by then the difference in my smile is going to be significant! And hopefully, Fiona will have lost a few more teeth.
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 treatment experience. Full disclosure can be found here: http://shout.lt/ggGP
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