KitKat has always had a beautiful smile. She is confident and kind, and smiles openly and frequently. But she has spent many years being self conscious of her smile. When her teeth came in, it became very clear that she was going to take after her daddy’s side of the family. She was cursed with a huge gap between her two front teeth and canines that didn’t want to leave her mouth.
Last year, she met with an orthodontist, who immediately told her that she needed braces. In addition to the space between her front tooth, she had recently had those two stubborn canine baby teeth pulled. The adult teeth had grown over the baby teeth and stuck out at odd angles. I went home with a detailed orthodontic plan…..and a lot of mommy guilt. There was no way that I’d be able to pay for her braces unless insurance decided to cover it.
KitKat has been a good sport about her teeth. While she was excited about the prospect of getting braces over the summer, she didn’t complain when I told her the news that it wouldn’t be happening anytime soon. I think she was a little worried about how she’d look wearing braces, anyway. I know that her smile still bothers her, and I hate to think that she may hold back her smiles because of the way her teeth look.
Last month, KitKat started high school. She is an honors student and a member of the Women’s Ensemble. When she performs with her choir, I want her to enjoy herself without being self conscious, and smile confidently while she sings. It’s hard as a mom to not be able to provide everything I’d like to provide for my children. It’s especially difficult when those things have such long-term effects and consequences. Today I found out about Invisalign. I love the idea of Invisalign Teen – an alternative to braces that fits a young high school girl’s lifestyle perfectly. They fit KitKat’s lifestyle as a busy, confident, hard working, and happy teen.
I want her to ALWAYS smile like she means it.
Did you have braces? What did you love or hate about wearing them?
This post is a contest entry. Here are the details: Invisalign Teen is a proud sponsor of Blogalicious Weekend 2010, and is offering the chance for one blogger to win a new smile for your child or yourself. The winner will receive one free Invisalign Teen or Invisalign treatment valued at no more than $5500, and will be announced live at Blogalicious Weekend. Contest rules here.
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