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It's about to get real in here. I am entrusting you with some terrible, horrible, awful pictures. If these ever get out, I'll die of embarrassment. So, please, don't tell anyone. Okay?
Of course, I am posting this on a blog--ergo, the whole world can see these.
WHAT AM I DOING?
Yes, I just love you readers that much. I know you have your own embarrassing pictures, and so you won't be too hard on me, right?
I'd also like you to keep in mind that I had to go through many, many, embarrassing pictures in order to find ones I was actually willing to put up in front of people who didn't know me when I was younger. So, now, let me take you back in time with me.
I got an awful haircut.
But more importantly, my permanent front teeth came in almost sideways. I hated them so much, this is how I smiled-- (2nd grade picture)
I didn't want anyone to see my ugly teeth.
By third grade, I at least had braces to straighten them out
But that was not the end. Oh no. When I was in middle school, I got a SECOND set of braces because my dentist screwed up my first go-round. (And I had another horrible haircut! And a perm! Not to mention that vest....)
Not only did I have braces again, but I had two types of headgear and a bite plate. It was painful, embarrassing, but totally worth it in the end. I could show off my smile proudly at my wedding and beyond.
My daughter is in second grade now.
You can see that she is going to need braces too. Here dentist already told me to start saving up!
She got my bad teeth genes, I guess. Thank goodness there are now options like Invisalign. Invisalign have straightened over 2 Million Smiles- and counting! It's a new alternative to braces, and I really hope my daughter qualifies! Not only is it more attractive, but I love that it is removable for cleaning. I have permanently stained front teeth from my braces- you can see where they used to be. I also love that there aren't any food restrictions like there are with braces. I hated missing out on some of my favorite treats.
You can read more about the benefits of Invisalign here.
Here are some other links I'm finding helpful as we prepare for my daughter's dental future:
The Invisalign Doctor Locater can be found here,
and a Cost Calculator is found here.
I'd love to know YOUR experience with braces. Were you lucky enough to use Invisalign? Did you suffer like I did? Share your experience below (embarrassing pictures not required!)
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.