I’m 30, a mom of 2 young boys, and I got braces. Yup. I got full-blown, metal braces! Let me back track for a minute…

The “Why?”
I’ve never had braces. My teeth have always been a little crooked, but truly I never cared and always thought it added character to my smile and face. If you know me, I actually prefer things asymmetric and mismatched in my every day + wedding planning life–so this made sense too. Then I got pregnant with Callahan. My teeth shifted a bit.

Then I got pregnant again. My teeth shifted a LOT. During my 1st trimester with Row’s pregnancy, I was sitting on a plane coming home from Tampa, FL (I had a client down there), and was eating popcorn. I was (super politely) picking my teeth for kernels once finished, and felt something really hard in the back of my mouth. It wouldn’t come out no matter how hard I picked at it. Finally, I realized it was a TOOTH. A tooth?? My wisdom teeth had come in! Off to the dentist I went. Indeed, I was right, and there it was. After 29 years, my wisdom tooth decided to come in during my pregnancy as a rare/odd side effect of the hormone surges my body was going through. Yay! Since I was pregnant, there was nothing we could do except monitor it.

Flash forward to Row being 9-months-old, I finally got my wisdom teeth removed. But in the (almost) 18 months that I had them pushing my teeth, things got a little more ‘crooked’ than they were previously. I talked to my dentist and she suggested I go and talk to some Orthodontists as they will only get worse and my bite was way off.

After 2 pregnancies and focusing very little on ‘me’ for the past 3 years–I decided it was time to treat myself and give this a whirl. As moms, we don’t have to sacrifice everything for our kids–we need to be happy and healthy too! I am so glad I decided to go for it.

The “Who?”
I went to a couple of different recommended consultations to get an idea of how this all worked and seek out the correct office and doctor for me.  With out question, I felt immediately welcomed and taken care of at Valeriano Orthodontics. From the moment I walked in to the office, I felt like the entire staff cared, and would take great care of me. Plus, a lot of them had braces themselves which was reassuring. They’re conveniently located in Foxcroft/Southpark area. This was super important to me as a busy mom of 2 little ones. Knowing I would have to go relatively often, I wanted something close by. The entire experience during my consultation sold me on the practice. I knew I was ready to take the next step with them.

The “What?”

During my consultation, I learned a lot of things. First, I quickly learned of the two main options: traditional metal braces vs. Invisalign.

Invisalign is the ultimate in terms of aesthetic treatment options. They use custom molded clear trays to move your teeth to the ideal position. Because they are removable, patient compliance is extremely important with aligners. Invisalign is a terrific option for working professionals or patients seeking a discrete solution to improve their smile.

Dr. Valeriano is certified Invisalign Premier Providers, so he can use his expertise to determine if Invisalign is the right treatment choice for you.

While I (obviously) chose metal braces as the right fit for me, I’d highly recommend Dr. Valeriano for Invisalign treatment as well. While more and more dentists are offering it, I would fully trust a professional Orthodonist for this type of treatment. You don’t let your dentist do your Botox, do you? And you wouldn’t go to your Primary Care doctor for a nose job, so why wouldn’t you want a specialist making you a beautiful smile? Same theory here–this is what they are TRAINED to do.

I ended up going with metal braces for a few reasons. Mostly–my lifestyle. I know myself. The option to take the retainers out with Invisalign would have been my own personal demise. I’m not responsible enough to put them back in! Knowing that braces would be cemented to my mouth and I couldn’t ‘forget’ (as I am chasing around my 2 little boys!) was very reassuring that we would get it done, and get it done right. I’m really happy with my choice for metal braces.  More specifically, Dr. Valeriano offers the Damon System.

The Damon System bracket is self-ligating, so it eliminates the need for elastic ties to keep the wire in. Without a tie, the braces stay clean and friction is reduced allowing your treatment to progress more efficiently and with less discomfort along the way.

I also chose to go with full metal vs. clear brackets. I drink a lot of coffee and red wine and did not want to have to worry about what I ate staining them. It was an easy decision for me (again, given my lifestyle). My treatment should take 11-13 months.

I can’t recommend Dr. Valeriano and his team enough–I’ll update you about half way through on how the treatment is going. So far, so good! And hey…maybe I’ll even get ID’d the next time I try to order a drink :).