Enjoying Family Time During the Holidays

This post is sponsored by the Invisalign® brand and all opinions expressed are my own.

Holidays at the Teh’s are magical, enchanting, and involve lots of decorating, baking, and eating (nom, nom, nom). Summer-ish (the month of May) was when Jude and Juliana started their Invisalign® treatment, and I can’t believe seven (7) whole months have passed us by! I feel like the older I get, the faster time flies. Like, seriously, wasn’t summertime just yesterday???

Now that the desert heat has chilled for the wintery season, we enjoy doing things indoors as much as we enjoy the outdoors. The highs in December are typically in the low 70’s, so we are definitely taking advantage of enjoying all that Las Vegas has to offer. This is the time of year when you’ll see lots of people out and about!

Saturdays are devoted to outdoor quality family time fun, however, Sundays are dedicated to decorating the house, decorating our 12-foot Christmas tree, making gingerbread houses, baking, baking, baking, and enjoying the perks of the beautiful amenities of our 3,000 square foot executive home during the holidays. We also limit the kids’ use of electronics and gadgets on the weekends, because they already use plenty of those in school nowadays (much different from pencil and paper we used when we were kids)!

Instead of being on their devices, we encourage Jude and Juliana to go out and play with their friends in our neighborhood. I know saying this sounds crazy since Jude and Juliana are such outgoing, proactive children — but my children were really hesitant to interact with their friends face-to-face in live, offline environments, because they were conscious about kids seeing their crooked teeth.

I also think a big part of that was because they saw how straight Jasmine’s teeth and my teeth were, often comparing their crooked teeth to our straight teeth. Jasmine, my oldest daughter wore metal braces and I wore Invisalign aligners, which explains why our teeth are so straight. George is also on Invisalign treatment, and the kids have seen how his teeth have shifted and moved into straighter positions.

Both Jude and Juliana approached George and I directly asking if they could get braces, but as parents, we were concerned about metal wires with braces for kids, especially with their high impact sports (basketball and taekwondo). When Jasmine wore metal braces during high school, she fell face down during high school track practice as she was jumping hurdles and suffered some pretty rough cuts in her mouth from her metal braces. Thankfully, her fall wasn’t too hard, but as parents, we want to protect and shield our children from mishaps like these. My mama bear instincts kicked into high gear when the kids brought up wanting braces, it brought me back to Jasmine’s sports experience and I just didn’t want to go through this all over again with metal braces for Jude and Juliana.

Thanks to our partnership with the , Jude and Juliana were able to begin using the Invisalign First treatment at ages nine (9) and ten (10) – even when they still have a mix of both permanent and baby teeth – instead of getting braces. It gives me relief and peace of mind that they have the most advanced clear aligner system in the world instead of braces! Although clear aligners are pretty much transparent, what gives me peace is that the Invisalign aligners are wire free!

I’m glad we met with Dr. Truman of Truman Orthodontics, who shared about the best treatment plan for Jude and Juliana’s age, called . We had concerns on whether we should even bother starting a conversation around teeth straightening with the orthodontist, because they still had baby teeth. But Dr. Truman’s expertise opened our eyes to the Phase 1 treatment, which is what both Jude and Juliana are on for about a year. There’s a common misconception that you should only have primary teeth and wait until after all your children’s baby teeth are gone when using Invisalign aligners, but we learned that through the Phase 1 treatment, you can have a mixture of baby teeth and primary teeth!

They only have about five (5) more months with their Invisalign aligners, but just in the last 7 months of being on Invisalign treatment, we have all noticed an already significant change in their smiles and how straight their teeth are getting! And both children have really enjoyed their Invisalign treatment journey, because the clear aligners have been a confidence booster since they’re virtually invisible while on!

What I appreciate most about the Invisalign treatment, is the convenience of being able to still eat all their favorite foods without compromise. I also value them having clear aligners versus metal wire braces because of their high impact sports activities. Especially now that Jude’s playing basketball with a team in middle school and Juliana’s starting to spar with other senior belts in Taekwondo. I do get worried about any types of limitations that will prevent my children from giving their all and participating in any sports because of our previous experience with Jasmine’s braces. I want them to feel confident in participating in their extracurricular activities, and not be conscious about injuring their mouths due to wires from braces. For us, the Invisalign treatment has been and still is the best teeth straightening solution for our children (and our family)!

I trust clear aligners, because I truly believe that the Invisalign treatment is the most advanced clear aligner system in the world. Only Invisalign® aligners are made with SmartTrack® material for a better fit, greater comfort, and more predictable tooth movement. * (*compared to aligners made from off-the-shelf, single layer .030in material).

And their history of expertise being the go-to for clear aligners is because they’ve got over 20 years of innovation and 7 million+ smiles that have enabled Invisalign treatment to correct simple to complex orthodontic cases.

If you have concerns about your child’s smile, I highly encourage you as a parent to consider investing in your child’s smile either this holiday season or in time for the New Year (“new me”) season. Take the now to get started and see if Invisalign treatment is the right fit for your child, and then near you to get your child’s Invisalign treatment journey started.

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