My poor little Brace Face

December 2nd, 2012 | Posted by Erica House in Life

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.

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10 Responses

  • Caroline says:

    Your accident sounds PAINFUL! Ouch! I had braces in 7th and 8th grade, and just got invisalign a year and a half ago. It was pretty painful (like braces) every time I got a new tray, but I actually didn’t mind them at all. I’m so happy with the results and feel like it was definitely worth it.

  • lifeasliv says:

    I actually did the braces thing in middle school. It wasn’t fun at all but at least I was surrounded by a bunch of kids who had them too. I wouldn’t consider invisalign if I was younger but if I needed braces as an adult, I definitely would consider it.

  • I haven’t worn actual Invisilign to straighten my teeth, but after I had my braces taken off I was given invisilign retainers to keep them in place. Unfortunately, on a trip I put them next to the sink on a tissue in a hotel room and the maids threw them away! My teeth have shifted a little and I know I’ll be getting invisilign to fix it.

    • Erica House says:

      I can blame most of my teeth shifting on losing my retainer as well. I actually got a new one made after my accident that I wore faithfully every night but it got misplaced in a move or something and a few of my teeth migrated back to their original positions. Not fair!

  • I want to get invisalign!! I had braces in high school but my teeth have moved :( wahh!

  • Jessica says:

    Abbi is getting her braces off January 2!! I think I am more excite than she is. We did not go with Invisalign for Teens for a few reasons … great product but not right for her … but Abbi did get clear brackets instead of the metal brackets, so when she smiles all you see is the wire like a retainer. I had braces twice as a kid along with many oral surgeries including a painful Implant … my Dad said “I am going to seal your mouth shut and collect interest!” Thank goodness the investment was made, I am forever grateful to my parents.

    • Erica House says:

      As a young teen I don’t think I could have been trusted to use Invisalign correctly. I’m sure anytime there was a cute boy in class I would have snuck them out ;) Now that you mention the kind Abbi has I remember seeing kids with just a straight metal wire for braces – those look SO much better than the kind we were stuck with!

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