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Mrs. Brace Face

Illustration by Scott Pollack

If you’re looking for an unvarnished opinion, ask your children. Or don’t ask. Either way, they’ll probably tell you exactly what they think. 

A few years ago, my son, who was 12, and daughter, then 9, were both undergoing orthodontic treatment and had braces on the brain. “Really, you had braces?” my son asked me with over-the-top bewilderment. “Your teeth are definitely crooked,” my daughter concluded after a careful inspection with her hand and nose, practically reaching my tonsils. “Thanks,” I responded. “Make your own dinner.”

After a closer look in the mirror, I realized that my kids were annoyingly astute—my teeth did appear crowded and crooked. So I decided to consult their Bethesda orthodontist, Carmine Petrarca, despite being in my early 40s, despite the fact that I had already endured large silver braces and headgear for three years in middle school. Petrarca determined that my teeth had shifted due to factors he sees in many older patients—I had stopped wearing my retainers in college, and I was clenching and grinding my teeth (thanks again, kids). As a result, my face ached and the look and health of my smile were going downhill. 

I have an overbite, and crowded teeth would invisalign be good for me?

I have na overbite and crowded teeth would invisalign be good for me?
im 16. going on 17 in 2008!


Of course. It would be better than getting braces.


You may have impacted wisdom teeth, if yours have not been removed yet.

I had two crooked front teeth which were more pronounced before I had my wisdom teeth removed in 2005 and 2006. (two at a time)


It depends on how old you are. If you are older than lets say 17 then you should get them because it might take a ling time to fix and invisiglin is not that noticable.

Can Invisalign straighten adult crooked and crowded teeth?

I'm an adult with crooked and crowded teeth. This has bothered me for many years and I am considering Invisalign and metal braces.

I had 3 consults; 1 said Invisalign, 1 said metal braces and 1 said either could work.


You could probably get the result you want with either. Adult teeth tend to move more slowly than those of teenagers or children, but this is true for both invisalign and metal braces. Invisalign doesn't give the orthodontist as precise control over


yes, invisalign will work. They do exactly what braces can do


You could probably get the result you want with either. Adult teeth tend to move more slowly than those of teenagers or children, but this is true for both invisalign and metal braces. Invisalign doesn't give the orthodontist as precise control over