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Moving into a new neighborhood and starting middle school at an unfamiliar school can be a big adjustment for a child. Find out how Invisalign treatment has helped play a small part in making the transition easier for our tween.
My 11 year old daughter Ashling is going through some big changes. First she graduated 5th grade and said goodbye to elementary school forever. We also just moved into a new house, which she loves, but we no longer have our favorite neighbors to play with. Plus, she won’t know a single person at her new school. As if that wasn’t hard enough, she’s starting middle school!
That’s a lot for anyone to handle all at once, especially my shy 11 year old. It took her a long time to make friends at her old school and I know she’s really going to miss them. Starting middle school without friends to lean on is going to be hard and of course, I worry about her. That’s what moms do, right?
I’m trying to do what I can to make the transition easier. When we realized she needed a straightening treatment for her teeth, we knew we didn’t want to go with braces. She’d had them in the past and they made her very self-conscious. The last thing I wanted her to be stressed out about was her smile.
We talked about different options and when I told her about Invisalign® treatment , she was totally on board. She really liked the fact that they were nearly invisible and she’d be able to take them out as needed. Plus, she’d never have to be embarrassed about getting food stuck in them, which happened a lot with her braces. Popcorn was not her friend!
That’s why we went to see Dr. Hess for a consultation. I’d been researching Invisalign treatment and was intrigued to learn that it’s the most advanced clear aligner system in the world, straightening teeth more predictably than other aligners. We wanted to find out if it would be good option for Ashling. Using the doctor locator made it easy to find a provider in our area.
After our consultation, we decided that Ashling was a great candidate for Invisalign treatment. Because the SmartTrack® material provides a better fit than with other aligners*, I couldn’t think of any reason we wouldn’t go this route. (* than other aligners made from off-the-shelf single layer .030in material) With 20 years of innovation and 6 million+ smiles to back them up, I knew that this would be the best choice for Ashling.
Plus, I knew that she’d be happier with her smile if we went with these over braces. When it was time for us to go back and pick up the aligners. Ashling was both nervous and excited. She couldn’t wait to see how they’d look…and neither could I!
One look in the mirror and we knew we’d made the right choice. Ashling was all smiles and loved the fact that you could barely tell she had the aligners in. Even I had to look closely to see them. They looked great and are such a great choice for a tween going through that self conscious phase!
As Ashling’s teeth shift each week, she’ll switch to new aligners. This helps her teeth gradually move into place without the uncomfortable adjustments that come with braces (and allows the treatment to work 2x faster than before*). I also like that even if the aligners get stained, she’ll be switching to new ones within a few days so it’s no big deal.
*With weekly aligner changes, compared with two-week aligner wear
Using the Invisalign Aligners At Home
Ashling’s teeth were a little sore in the beginning but by the end of day two, she was totally fine. The hardest part for her was putting them in and taking them out again. After a few days though, she totally had it down.
The Invisalign treatment plan is super easy for us to follow. Because aligners are now replaced weekly, instead of every other week, Invisalign treatment works up to 2x faster than it did in the past. Braces weren’t even close to being this simple and we’re really happy with how well Ashling has adjusted to her new aligners.
Even with school starting, the transition couldn’t be easier. The only real change is that now she packs her aligner case in her lunchbox with the rest of her food.
When I see that she’s happy, it makes me happy and I love the confidence and self esteem boost that Invisalign treatment has given her. She may be nervous about 6th grade for other reasons but at least her smile isn’t one of them.
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