I am fairly convinced that having a teenage kid is probably one of the most difficult things in the world. I know that since the birth of man kind people have raised teenagers so it must be doable but I wonder all of the time how those people actually got through it. Our most recent battle was over if my teenage daughter was going to get braces or not. I know braces maybe aren’t the coolest thing out there but it is worth it to have straight and beautiful teeth for the rest of your life. My daughter however disagrees on every note. She can’t seem to see the issue through the lens of a lifetime, she can only see that getting braces would ruin her changes to be popular and date whoever she wants this year. I know that it is her mouth and she should be able to make whatever decisions she wants about it but I know she is making a mistake by not taking advantage of getting her teeth straightened now. No one wants to have screwy teeth nor does anyone want to have braces when they go for a job interview as an adult. No matter what I say to her though, nothing seems to get through. Thank god after a few months of fighting all of the time over this we have finally found a solution that we can both agree on: Invisalign. I am sure you have heard of Invisalign before but just in case let me explain to you a little bit. Apparently Invisalign is essentially the replacement option for braces, I actually think in a few years braces will be fairly obsolete. Invisalign came up with these clear trays that slip over both your upper and lower set of teeth (assuming both your upper and lower teeth need adjustment) and over time the trays put enough pressure on the teeth to move them into place. Since the Invisalign trays are clear my daughter doesn’t have to worry about being embarrassed and since they come on and off, she can take the trays out for things like school pictures and maybe even the Homecoming dance. The Invisalign people of course suggest wearing the trays all of the time but I am assuming that letting them go for a few hours once or twice will be ok. Especially since for my daughter this would be a non-negotiable point. The orthodontist that we spoke to said that our insurance plan should more than likely cover Invisalign the same as they would normal braces. Of course we still have to talk with our insurance provider and double check, but if it is covered I see no reason to not go through with Invisalign. I will be happy that her teeth will be straight and beautiful and she will be happy that she doesn’t have to sport metal braces for her junior year of high school. Hopefully later in life she will also be happy that she has a straight and beautiful smile.