Why My Teenager Can’t Stop Smiling

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When she was only nine, our oldest daughter was told that she would definitely need braces.  Her teeth were facing out, instead of down.  She was at risk of her teeth being knocked out if she played too roughly. I just couldn’t take that chance.  I wanted her to feel confident and not have to worry about her teeth.  So, we took her to an Orthodontist and phase one began.  She wore braces for about a year and we saw a drastic change in her smile when they were removed.

Unfortunately, due to financial issues and our lack of health insurance, we were unable to start phase 2.  Over time, I noticed that her teeth started to shift back.  While they aren’t as bad as they originally were, they are definitely moving in the wrong direction.  I couldn’t bare to watch her go through middle and high school, when kids are at their meanest, without doing something about her smile. She deserved to be able to finish her journey, regardless of our financial situation.

Earlier this month, I reached out to SmileDirectClub, who my husband has been working with for over 6 months.  I explained the situation with my daughter and they were kind enough to agree to help her with her journey to a perfect smile.

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SmileDirectClub gives you the choice between visiting a SmileShop for a 3D scan or doing the at-home SmileDirectClub impression kit. We opted for the kit and it arrived just days later. Lucia couldn’t wait to get her impressions made. SmileDirectClub really makes the process so simple. There are easy-to-follow instructions and the kit comes with everything you need.

Since Dad had already been through the process, he was able to supervise to make sure Lucia did everything she needed to do, the correct way, to get the perfect impressions.

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I may have had too much fun capturing the experience.  I especially loved this shot, where she put the smile stretcher on, upside down. But once she got the giggles out, getting her impressions was so easy.  Just a few minutes, twice on the top and twice on the bottom and she was all done.  The impressions went back into the box and we shipped it back where we’ll wait for her aligners to arrive.

What she’s most excited about is that her aligners are clear. No more metal braces. She knows from watching her Dad’s journey that they are barely noticeable when he talks.  She knows that before she enters high school, her SmileDirectClub treatment should be over and she can walk into those halls with a confident, beautiful, straight smile.

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SmileDirectClub has already put a huge smile on her face and I can’t wait to watch it transform over the next year.

Visit smiledirectclub.com to read more about the company and see if it’s a good fit for you or someone you love.  Use promo code SUPERMOM for 50% off your impression kit or for a free scan. Let SmileDirectClub put a smile on your face too!

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  1. I think it’s a great way for teenagers today to improve something for themselves, especially when meeting with people. Smile!

  2. I love that! Smiling IS contagious! I’m going to Katy Smiles Center in Katy, Texas and will definitely have this same type of story!

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  3. Wow…..I’ve never heard of these before but they DEFINITELY LOOK SSOOO COOL! I love them.

    Much love from me.

  4. I’ve been looking at Smile Direct Club for my teeth. Right now we’re paying for braces for our daughter, but maybe someday in the future, I’ll check it out for myself.

  5. My parents invested a lot of money in my teeth between braces AND Invisalign, but I’m forever grateful for the smile they gave me! I wish SmileDirectClub had been around when I went through it all. What a much simpler process!! Your daughter already has a beautiful smile and she’s going to love going to school even more. 🙂

  6. I will look into this when my kids are older. I wish I had braces when I was younger, so will definitely consider them for my kids.

  7. Your daughter is beautiful. Happy to know that you’re such a supportive mother by helping fix her teeth is also help her to boost her confidence.

  8. Indeed such a great opportunity for your daughter! Now I know why you can’t stop her from smiling! She would definitely look beautiful afterwards.

  9. Ahh I need to try this! Not only do I have some weirdly positioned bottom teeth, but I clench my jaw. I feel like a liner might help put a boundary between my teeth so I can stop grinding them by accident all day.

  10. As parents, we all want our children to be confident and happy. Straight teeth are so much a part of that. It is wonderful that Smile Direct Club is helping make this possible for her!

  11. Oh that’s so nice that they wanted to work with you again! Yes, Middle School and High School can be rough with crooked teeth. What a great opportunity for her!

  12. We remember getting our braces off! Expensive and kept getting everything stuck in it!! And we got them three times

  13. That is cool, never heard of this before. My son is scheduled for a routine orthodontist visit, and it is good to know there are other alternatives to braces, by the way glad to see your daughter is happy and smiling, that is priceless!

  14. This is an amazing story. I agree smiling is contagious and I’m glad you’ve found the SmileDirectClub.

  15. Aw, this has clearly made a big difference. Happy for you all. Let’s smile at more people too x

  16. So cute! I’m so happy for your daughter. Having braces is tough, and it seems like SmileDirectClub was a great solution. Great photography, too!

  17. Babushka is from the era of the Metal Mouth. Painful days of wires cutting the inside cheeks, food getting stuck in between the metal, and those rubberbands that would pop at the most embarrassing times! Glad those days are over. Gracias for the intro.

  18. Latest technology in dental care….. It really is amazing finding product or services that works….. It’s worth an investment…. .thanks for introducing me to Smile Direct Club……

  19. Your daughter is very lucky to have you as a mom. In any case I personally think that spending on teeth and hair are investments. In a perfect world no one would judge on appearances but it is what it is.

  20. SmileDirectClub has done a fantastic work with this new products. Makes life so much easier and a wonderful alternative to the traditional braces. Good thing is that this makes youngsters to be able to manage on their own! May they keep spreading more and more smiles! Thanks for sharing this amazing service through your blog and introducing SmileDirectClub to the world!

  21. Smile is very important. It builds confidence especially for teens. I also had braces for two years and now I have retainers which I wear just every night.

  22. I wore braces for more than two years and I decided to remove them because they were a hassle. Glad to know that you discovered SmileDirectClub, to make your daughter smile again.

  23. This is so awesome for her! Having a good smile is a big deal, and its awesome she’ll have a great smile for years to come!

  24. Sounds like an awesome service. My oldest wears a mouth guard at night but doesn’t need braces. I’m thinking my youngest will though.

  25. Oh i wish this product was available when I was younger and had to wear braces. Thanks for sharing.

  26. What a cool post! This seems like a great way to get a beautiful smile. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  27. My grandson has braces and every time he gets them adjusted he complains of pain. I am going to have to talk to my daughter before my granddaughter gets any. She’d do so much better with these.

  28. Love this! I’m so glad that your daughter got the dental care that she needed. She looks absolutely stunning.

  29. This is a really great option for people not wanting to get braces and just want a minor fix. This is a good resource, thank you for sharing.

  30. This is so inspiring and your daughter has the loveliest smile. I wish her all the best with her journey.

  31. My dentist has already warned me that my son will need braces. These are great and I’ll need to look into it.

  32. My daughter want to have a whitening teeth product and I wasn’t sure which one would be appropriate for her age. Thank you for posting this, I will check them out.

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  33. This was very enlightening and it’s my first time of hearing of it. #supermomlife, I must say you are doing a great job with your kids

  34. This looks so much easier and simpler than braces. I didn’t mind mine, but I would have preferred the retainer to the metal.

  35. This is really convenient and it’s nice that there are kits like this for those interested in getting invisible aligners. I’m sure the teens will appreciate it more as well.

  36. My family has a lot of dental problems. I had braces on for 4 years. I wish I could have had aligners that were clear!

  37. She has such an adorable smile and I couldn’t be happier you found a way for her to keep sharing it with the world! I’ve never heard of smile direct. My boys are toddlers at the moment and are blessed with good dental formula, however, if along the line we find ourselves in a similar situation, I’ll be sure to give them a go, that’s if they are here in London xx

  38. I wear braces for 2 years and it’s very hassle! so after two I decide to remove it. HAHAAHAHA! I will try to find the Smile Direct Club it’s pretty nice 😀

  39. I was just thinking about this type of product today. I had braces as a child but my teeth have shifted as I’ve gotteb older and I would love for them to go back to how they looked when I first got my braces off. This sounds like a wonderful company. Your daughter is a beautiful model for this product!

  40. This is so cool, I’ve heard of this before and I always wondered how it worked. I should look into this, I could totally use this! Thanks for this!

  41. This is wonderful! I’m guessing its less costly than seeing a regular orthodontist? I think my kids’ teeth will end up okay but you never know what the dentist might say.

  42. I have never heard of the Smile Direct Club before now! I love that you can do everything you need to right at home. This might be a great solution for my son who needs some dental work.

  43. Aw! I’m so happy for her. Her smile is absolutely gorgeous and contagious. Good on you mom for finding an alternative!

  44. My daughter is going to need braces one of these days. I wonder if this will be an option for her?

  45. My daughter just finished her round of treatments with her invisible aligners and WOW that girl has been smiling like crazy. I know how your daughter feels and I don’t blame her, smile honey because you look even more beautiful!

  46. She’s too cute! I want to try one of these out to recorrect a couple of teeth that moved slightly out of place since braces.

  47. How cool! My daughter is 11 and will need braces too. She’d love to try something like this. I’ll have to look into it.

  48. Wow! I didn’t know about this service. I’m definitely going to have to check it out. Love that the aligners are clear so it doesn’t show when you smile.

  49. Good luck to her!! My son wore braces and he was so proud when they came off. It really does make a difference in a persons life.

  50. I love that this alternative is offered. My son just had his braces removed. It’s such a great investment for parents.

  51. I will definitely have to look into this for my kiddos. It is a great way to afford what is necessary! I know how expensive braces can be so something like this as an alternative is a wonderful thing.

  52. This is so cool – I’ve never heard of it before. My kids had braces when they were younger, but I’ve noticed that their teeth have shifted a little because they didn’t wear their retainers like they should have. I’m looking forward to following your daughter’s journey. She has such a pretty smile!