I bet you didn’t know it’s National Orthodontic Health Month. It’s a great time to remind your kids with traditional bracket and wire braces to avoid Halloween treats that are sticky, chewy, hard or crunchy. However, there are other times that other foods can mess up your braces – as we found out last week.
The other night we were eating brats in big (but soft) rolls. My son, Nathan, has a tendency to shove way too much food in his mouth. It’s something we yell at him about all the time. Well, he took a HUGE bite out of his brat and ended up unhinging his Herbst appliance. I don’t know how he managed it, frankly. Plus, he put a big gauge in his cheek in the process – ouch!
After much trying, my husband was able to force Nathan’s jaw open wide enough to get the hinge back in place. It wasn’t pleasant for Nathan, though I think my husband thought he deserved any discomfort he got for being a pig-boy and taking such a huge bite of food. And, yes, we had to try to fix it ourselves since it happened on the day the orthodontist’s office is closed and everyone was out of town at conference. Figures, right?
This just points out the advantage of Invisalign over traditional braces. If your Invisalign aligner broke, you’d just go on to the next set – after checking in with your orthodontist, of course. Maybe it’s comparing oranges to apples since Nathan is not eligible to get Invisalign. Yet for teens and adults who could get either, there’s no need to worry about broken brackets or wires with Invisalign!
A quick update on my treatment
I’m finally undergoing Invisalign refining treatment for the next nine weeks! I’ve been wearing a retainer at night since the end of May and was amazed how easy it was to start wearing the aligners again. Actually, I like wearing aligners for several reasons:
- I’m brushing my teeth more. Always a good thing.
- I’m not snacking between meals or at my desk.
- I’m drinking more water.
- I’m not biting my nails as much.
Honestly, it’s like I was never out of the aligners as there’s been no discomfort at all.
Disclosure: I’m a member of the Invisalign Teen Mom Advisory Board. I’m receiving complimentary treatment from Invisalign, but all opinions and experiences expressed are my own.