Looking after your teeth is so important. As once your adult teeth are gone then that is pretty much it; they are not going to regrow. Which is why I instill good teeth hygiene with the girls from a young page. Bee at 3 years old is already going for her check ups with the dentist, even if at the moment it is simply about getting her used to the chair and dentist. While Munchkin has been going now for a number of years.
At the last few visits it has been mentioned that it is looking likely that Munchkin is going to need braces. As she is only 9 they are going to keep an eye on her and see if we need to take that step in a few years time.
So why have braces? It can be for a number of reasons including:
- Cosmetic reasons to make your teeth look nicer when you smile
- Straightening crooked teeth
- Correcting an over bite
I had braces as a child. I had a crooked tooth which stuck out and made me feel self conscious. My teeth appeared to be out of alignment and I was told that my mouth was too small for my teeth so I had to have four removed.
I wore some removable braces for a long period and then I had the choice to wear the metal fixed ones. The removable ones were just at the back of the teeth and used the metal wires but thankfully weren’t too obvious. Now I am a wimp when it comes to pain, I was able to remove the removable ones when it got too much before my teeth got used to them and I knew I wouldn’t be able to do this with the fixed ones. Also I thought the metal wire ones unsightly and I felt I would be self conscious wearing them. As the choice was down to me I decided not to get them. However I regret it now as I realise my ‘bite’ is not as good as it could be.
But now ‘invisible’ braces are available! If these had been available when I was a teenager with teeth issues, I am sure I would have been more likely to get them and ensure my teeth were perfect.
So what are invisible braces, or otherwise called invisalign? Sensu, a London based company say:
Invisalign is a truly modern orthodontic system. Invisalign uses clear plastic aligners to straighten the teeth. Put simply, it is an amazing clear brace system, which provides an innovative, inconspicuous alternative to traditional fixed braces.
Invisalign are removable and suitable for those with moderate orthodontic issues. The process involves a series of clear plastic aligners which are custom made. Each one is worn for 2 weeks before you move on to the next one.
Sounds like an easy, stress free process. If it is confirmed that Munchkin will need braces when she is a teenager, we will definitely be considering these.
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