My poor little Brace Face

How many of you were cursed with the metal mouth during your teenage years?

I vividly remember the day I got my braces put on. It was a rite of passage. Braces were things that teenagers had so of course I equated the clamping of metal over my teeth with growing up. Despite the pain, sudden overbite and speech impediments I was now  initiated into part of the 'cool' club. I was excited over choosing the colors of my bands every time I went in to get the braces tightened. However, with all that excitement came some pretty severe negatives.

The day I got my braces on I took a shower that night and cried my eyes out. They hurt, bad. I was suddenly overwhelmed with the thought of being trapped in these metal torture devices for the next 2 years. Eventually, I came to terms with my dental sentence but it's not an experience I would choose to go through again!

Looking back trying to find a photo of me in braces it quickly became apparent that none such pictures existed. The time I had braces on coincided with the awkward "I hate everything about myself" middle school years. Of the 2 pictures my Mom could find of me during 6-8th grade my mouth was closed in both of them. I'm sure my brother is going to love me sharing this one but he'll get over it :)

Look at that body language on me! Literally covering my mouth.

Finally, after 2 long years, the braces came off (as well as a few pounds and some of that chaotic hair!). I loved my new smile. I have one picture of me about a week after the braces were off and before my bike accident. Yep, barely 1 month after my braces were off I got into a bicycle accident that knocked out one of my front teeth entirely and chipped off 2 of my other teeth (as well as ripping my lip up pretty bad which led to a few minor reconstructive surgeries in high school).

To this day I need more dental work done to get my smile back to what it used to be. Enter: Invisalign! Invisalign has now straightened 2 million smiles (and counting) and as soon as my teacher salary will afford it I'm planing to go back to my old orthodontist and see if Invisalign may be an option for me. Judging by the Smile Assessment by Invisalign that I completed online today it is possible I'll be rocking these at some point in the future. I think my favorite thing about them is that you wear them for 20-22 hours a day so there are 2-4 hours 'open' that I could take them out if I need to. Not having to feel 'trapped' again is a huge perk to me!

It's so funny looking back on braces and how archaic they look now. I imagine in the years ahead Invisalign will be the norm and people will compare braces to corsets!

Have any of you worn Invisalign? Would you consider wearing them?

For more information, please visit Invisalign. I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective, and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.