This is a sponsored post from Invisalign. I did receive compensation but the memories of braces as a teen are totally mine and true, especially the part about being a nerdy band klutz.
If there’s one thing that really sticks in my mind from my teenage years, it’s metal braces. The shiny hunks of metal that lived in your mouth and caused you pure torture for years at a time robbing all the confidence that you so badly needed are not easily forgotten. It was a hate / hate relationship with little metal torture devices that would give you straight teeth so
boys would like you you could be successful in life.
I was a proud band nerd in a marching band that played a very large metal instrument. A lot of the kids would switch to a light easy to play instruments like clarinet or flute when they got braces but I never backed down from a challenge. Of course clumsiness reigned along with not paying attention so many times when people in front of me in the band would stop marching, I would keep on going. The crash would be heard throughout the football field and my lips would go straight into the metal braces as the mouthpiece of my instrument was slammed into my mouth. It was painful and sometimes the other band nerds with braces would compare horror stories.
If it wasn’t band than it was food that got me every single time. There’s nothing like trying to dig chicken nuggets out of the metal trap within your mouth before the cute boy that you had been eyeing for months saw you picking at your braces after lunch. Or when you thought you had finally mastered what you could and could not eat you would bite down into a hard candy and a bracket would pop off your tooth while the wire relocated itself into your jaw. Try explaining that scenario to the school receptionist as to why you needed to call your mom (this was before the days of cell phones kids). There might of even been a time where you finally got to speak to your high school crush, an exchange student named Lucas, and later realized that half of the salad bar was wedged in your braces like a piece of abstract art.
Walking back into school after a day of getting your braces tightened you would have to talk with your hands and hope that you applied enough bronzer that day that people wouldn’t really think you were a mime. Flossing with braces should have been named an olympic sport and the multicolored bands on your braces that were all the rage in the nineties just doesn’t convey their coolness in modern day pictures. Finally the day comes when you get to get your braces removed and all the joy in the world can’t keep you from feeling the horrible slimy feel and the fact that you now have a retainer to keep track of with warnings of death from your mother if you lost it.
Fast forward 15 years when your children are starting to get their adult teeth in and they’re coming in crooked (sigh). You’ve been through this…. you know how to help them… you know the foods to eat, the pudding diet to fix…. and you know that no one ever really got stuck together while kissing with braces. It’ll be ok.
Then you find out about Invisalign and everything changes. No longer will they need metal braces that are easily broken and confidence breakers but your children can now have clear trays that slowly reshape their teeth without wires or even metal. Woah. After the jealousy sinks in, just think about it.
It’ll be ok for them to play contact sports or be a bonafide band geek without mouth injuries. They can take pictures without a mouth full of metal. They can even eat caramel popcorn because you take the trays out to eat. And if your child looses them? They come with several free replacements.
No more will moms have to threaten their child’s lives over retainer replacements and flossing will not be hazardous to any glass jars in the bathroom. It’s easy and I’m jealous.
Now a days our kids have cell phones, ipods, and Invisalign. Our grandparents walked three miles to school in the snow and I wore metal braces. That will be my horror story to my kids, yes it will.
Did you wear metal braces? What’s your story? Share in the comments below and feel free to pin this picture on Pinterest if you share the same memories.
This is a sponsored post. I have received compensation but it’s true and everything stated is of my own memory and opinion. Oh and the foreign exchange student Lucas? He was hot, really hot.