What Her Smile Is Worth

by Gigi Ross on May 20, 2013

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Disclosure: this post was sponsored by Invisalign. All opinions are my own.

I didn’t have them.

My husband didn’t have them.

Our parents didn’t have them.

I know nothing about them.

But my daughter needs them.


Little CEO had her first orthodontic consult a few weeks ago.

For me, it sort of felt like that first day of work at a brand new job. You know, where you feel like everybody knows what the heck is going on but YOU? You don’t understand the buzzwords, or the processes, or anything else.

Your eyes kind of…glaze over. You make mental notes to look up this word or that.

And for Little CEO, it was one of the most terrifying experiences of her life. I don’t know who she’s talked to or how it happened, but she’s deathly afraid of braces. She’s afraid of the pain. She’s afraid of people laughing at her. She cried at the thought of not being able to eat popcorn. She’s.freaked.out.

The orthodontist we saw was very nice and welcoming. Upon his recommendation, we’re not jumping into braces right away. He advised us to give it a little time to see how some of Little CEO’s permanent teeth come in.

That gives me time to understand this process a bit better. And hopefully, for Little CEO to work on her fear!

What I also learned was that every orthodontist has his or her own approach to treatment. Some are more aggressive, recommending treatment early; others are more conservative and take a wait and see approach.

We’re not sure what’s on the horizon for Little CEO, or when she’ll officially start with braces, but it’s good to know what my options are.

In six months, when we have our next orthodontic consult to see where Little CEO’s teeth are at by then, I’ll be asking some more questions about whether she’s a good candidate for Invisalign Teen invisible braces when she’s a bit older.

I’ve learned that Invisalign Teen can be a good alternative to traditional braces – in all the ways that matter to my daughter.

She won’t have a list of prohibited foods – which is a big deal for my picky eater. She can brush and floss like normal, and it’ll be easier for her to care for her teeth without metal brackets on. She won’t have to go through that nasty impression process with that smelly, goopy, sticky gunk – Invisalign uses a digital imaging technology to scan the teeth and make much more accurate impressions.

But most importantly, she won’t have to suffer from being self-conscious, because Invisable aligners are virtually invisible. She’ll look like her everyday self. She won’t worry that people are laughing at her. She can smile her regular, beautiful smile and nobody will know that her teeth are being aligned.

And for a little girl who already struggles with self-confidence, this is a really big deal.

Little CEO is going to have to learn self-confidence from within, that’s for sure. And she’ll have to learn to ignore the kids who might tease her. But if I can help that process along the way just a little bit, you bet I will.

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You can learn more about Invisalign at the Invisalign website. You can also follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

If you know someone who’s had a child use Invisalign, I’d love to hear about their experiences!



Renee Schuls-Jacobson May 20, 2013 at 4:28 am

TechSupport is getting braces in August.


I was going to write about this in August.

But like you, I never had braces. And neither did my husband. But my brother did. As did each of my nieces and nephews, so we have seen and heard and asked questions.

And then I went to the dentist, and guess what?

I have some teeth that have started to move.


Yup. In August, on the very day my son is getting his braces put on, I’m going to get a consult. Tech is totally cool with traditional braces. All his friends have them and, for him, it’s like he’s finally going to be part of the group!

As for me? I’m a little less than psyched. I don’t know if the orthodontist who does my son’s braces does Invisilign, but I am definitely going to inquire. Off to their website to see if there is anyone in my area who does.

Ultimately, I don’t care which braces I wear, so long as things are corrected.

Arnebya May 20, 2013 at 8:54 am

I’m 39 and still have braces, traditional metal brackets. It’s been nearly two years and I have only three weeks left. Both of my girls need braces and I hadn’t considered Invisalign for either, namely because I know the responsibility it carries for them to remove and replace, although yes, I’m also aware of how necessary it is for them to brush and floss well with traditional braces. Maybe I should just get more information first. My oldest, at 12, is ready, but I refuse to have braces at the same time as my 12 yr old. Not hapnin.

Alison May 20, 2013 at 11:15 am

I don’t know what I’ll do if my kids need braces. I wore traditional braces for years, and I was really bad at wearing the extra rubber bands, and once I got them off I was really bad at wearing my retainer. My sister had braces for a hot second and got a permanent retainer and her teeth look perfect. Who knows what new technology will be out there in 7-10 years when my kids are at that age.

Connie @ Real Food Family Meals May 20, 2013 at 12:49 pm

I had braces as a teenager, and my 12 year old daughter has them now. She was not a candidate for Invisalign because she is missing a tooth and will need an implant. That was also why she needed them at age 11 already. In our area, braces are so common on middle schoolers that nobody (that I have heard about) gets teased about it. Hopefully, your daughter can wear Invisalign or will see how common they are by the time she needs them. Oh, and don’t forget the $5000 price tag for braces. The joy of adolescence….

Lea Ann May 20, 2013 at 4:10 pm

I never had braces, but Quinn (15) did, thru 7th and 8th grade. The metal kind. Bands and all. Made a HUGE difference, and he didn’t really mind…most kids get them in middle school.

I have had two adult work colleagues with Invisalign and have watched their smiles slowly change. Pretty fascinating how well it worked!

Lady Jennie May 21, 2013 at 9:27 am

Your daughter is gorgeous, with or without. :-)

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