When I look back on my life, I’d have to say one the best decisions that was ever made on my behalf was when my mother took my brother and I too a Denver orthodontist to get our teeth checked for any alignment issues. We were recommended to do this by our family dentist, as he was seeing the beginning of a malformed formation. My mother then set up an appointment for us to determine if we would need braces, and we were both praying that this would not be the case. The orthodontist examined us and made the following determination: my twin brother would require braces while I could benefit from then but would not necessarily need them. My brother’s fate had been determined; he would be sentenced to having braces for at least two years, whereas I simply had to option of whether or not I wanted them. Any sane 13 year old would probably have turned down this elective procedure, but seeing the disappointment on my brother’s face triggered some kind of empathy in me that I didn’t know I had. I decided that I would get braces alongside my brother, even though I didn’t need them.
I instantly regretted this decision as soon as they went to work on my mouth. It wasn’t comfortable having my mouth open for that long, and there was a distinct tightening feeling happening on my teeth that I had never felt before. I recall wondering why I didn’t elect to get invisalign, but I suppose it was because I didn’t want my brother to have to go through this ordeal alone.
So my brother and I suffered through the inconvenience of braces together. It was really annoying trying to brush and floss around the device, and I was really missing certain foods that I could no longer eat. Eventually my brother got his braces off about 6 months before me, which I thought was totally unfair. I finally got mine taken off and I couldn’t have been happier that I had elected to go through with this procedure. My teeth were so amazingly perfect and straight, I just couldn’t stop smiling because I was so happy with how my teeth looked. I think the only other time I have ever felt such a genuine smile cross my face was when I realized I was in love with a girl.
So if you have a child or know a kid who needs to get braces, I highly recommend that you tell them how worth it it is to go through this ordeal. Yes, it sucks having to take care of braces and you will miss out on certain candies and treats while the braces work their magic, but oh my is it worth it. To this day I get compliments from my dentist and sometimes from random people about how perfectly straight my teeth are. They always comment that I must have had braces as a kid, to which I smile and reply that yes I did. I chose to have them even though I didn’t necessarily need them.