I’m documenting my daughter’s and my experience with Invisalign clear aligners. I’m a member of the Invisalign Mom Advisory Board, and we’re receiving complimentary treatment as part of the program.
My daughter and I have now been in Invisalign treatment for over a year. When we started early last summer, an orthodontic staff member casually mentioned how she loves watching young patients change over the course of treatment. “They turn into entirely new people,” she said. “You just watch them grow up.”
My daughter was 12 when she started treatment. Just a couple weeks ago, she turned 13. And looking at her now, it’s true — she’s a whole new person, both inside and out. My daughter has strength, confidence and a streak of independence I suspect resembles the woman she will become more than the little girl she used to be.
When she was 12, she couldn’t care less about her clothes, and she wore her hair in a ponytail so she wouldn’t have to deal with it. Now, she takes more care with her wardrobe and accessory choices. She has cut her long, curly hair and now wears a short, sassy style with a few highlights. She’s experimenting with a makeup and nail polish. She now pauses when she catches her reflection in a window.
Her confidence is even more evident in her opinions and mannerisms. She’s a naturally easy-going kid, so not much fazes her. But she’s discovered passion for social justice and equality, and for theater. On and off the stage, I hear the strong, grounded voice of a young woman — a dramatic shift in such a short time.
I’m not sure why any of this surprises me. It’s not as if she’s the only teenager in our family! But it’s just amazing to witness how much a person can change in a year, and it’s easy to miss unless you stop for a moment and look.
As she gets ready to start her final year of middle school, I realize how glad I am we started Invisalign treatment when we did. We’re both coming to the end of our treatment which means she’ll be orthodontia-free when high school begins. Not that anyone really notices her aligners; Invisalign is remarkably hard to spot, which makes it a great alternative for teens who feel self-conscious about wearing metal braces. But it’s one less thing on her mind as she gets ready to take another big leap forward.
If you’re curious about Invisalign for your middle-schooler, find out more by taking the Smile Assessment, or schedule a free consultation with a local Invisalign dentist or orthodontist. Invisalign has also put together some great resources around confidence for your middle- and high schoolers.
This post is sponsored by Invisalign.