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At Fiona’s last Invisalign Teen appointment she was given trays ten through fourteen, and a warning: this is the point at which some patients start to slack off. They’ve seen a lot of progress, and it’s kind of like when you take antibiotics until you feel better and then stop, even though you’re supposed to finish out all of the pills. Dr. Hung didn’t want Fiona to think that her teeth were “good enough” and start easing up on how long she wears them each day.
So he let Fiona (and me) know that this is when she has to be extra vigilant. She can’t go easy on herself and wear her trays less just because her teeth are looking good. Personally I have not seen any slacking on her part. I’m really proud of how well she’s doing. But I’m paying attention, just in case.
I feel like this far into her treatment I should write about how having our daughter in Invisalign is impacting our family. I see people talking about their kids’ braces all the time on Facebook. Turning screws and wires breaking and stuff like that. But honestly, the only impact I can think of is my husband’s annoyance that my daughter still, after lots of nagging, often puts her trays in a napkin while she’s eating. I know to check napkins before I throw them out – I went through my own Invisalign treatment. But my husband has thrown her trays out twice!
Fiona realized they were gone within minutes both times, so no big deal. But I’m still shocked that it hasn’t happened in a restaurant, where they’d be a lot harder to find. If she doesn’t have a case with her, I tell her to wrap them in a napkin and put them in her pocket.
Another possible impact will be at camp this summer. I was just filling out forms, and if your child has braces you have to tell the camp what to do if there’s a problem. It’s expensive if the camp has to take your child to a local orthodontist. I’m really glad I won’t have to worry about that with Fiona.
I’m actually not sure if Fiona will still be wearing her Invisalign during the day when she’s at camp. She seems to be flying through her treatment. But she’ll still have trays with her for nighttime, and I would encourage her to do what I do: wear her Invisalign when she plays sports. While Invisalign is not approved as a mouth guard, I wear mine when I ride my bike. I think of them as extra protection in case something hits my face, or my face hits the ground.
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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.