Edmond, OK mom Robyn Miller decided to straighten her teeth for a second time after taking her teenage son Noah to the orthodontist to get braces.
It wasn’t difficult at all to commit to braces for my child, Robyn says. But getting braces for myself felt selfish, in a way. I thought I would feel self-conscious going back to work, like braces would reveal some sort of vanity in me. But I am happily wrong about both those concerns.
Orthodontic Associates: What made you decide to get orthodontic treatment together?
Robyn: My son Noah got his braces on first. His jaw needed to be widened to help treat his sleep apnea. My jaw hasn’t felt right for years. I knew my teeth were out of alignment again, after having braces as a teenager. So two months after Noah got braces, I made an appointment to see if braces might help my teeth fit together again, and also help with discomfort when I ate.
What has it been like going through treatment together?
Robyn: It has been fun! Noah, who usually won’t take pictures with me, doesn’t seem to mind if I ask him to take a braces picture with me.
Noah: It’s great. It’s fun getting to compare and contrast our experiences.
How has getting orthodontic treatment impacted your life so far?
Robyn: I’ve been surprised at how quickly my teeth have moved. About two months into treatment, my back teeth started touching again, and it’s been years since I’ve been able to do that! Eating food isn’t uncomfortable anymore and doesn’t make my jaw hurt.
Another positive effect has been decreased headaches. A previous oral surgeon told me that my headaches are most likely due to malocclusion. And my headaches had gotten worse over the years. Now I have “normal” headaches, and they don’t last for days on end.
Noah: My sleep has never been better! My teeth are looking better every day and I can’t wait to smile for my first picture once they come off.
What was your confidence like before braces? How do you think it will be different when they are removed?
Robyn: Before I got braces at age 13, my teeth were so crooked that I covered my mouth when I smiled. Getting braces then made me so happy and more confident.
What has your experience been like with Orthodontic Associates?
Robyn: The staff at OA is so friendly. I feel welcome every time I go in for an appointment. They have also gotten appointments for me and my son near the same time so that makes things more convenient. Also, I very much appreciate the free coffee in the lobby.
Noah: Easy! Every appointment has been quick, simple, easy and friendly.
What advice do you have for other teens and parents considering treatment?
Robyn: My advice to parents is that taking care of yourself is important! It wasn’t difficult at all to commit to braces for my child. But getting braces for myself felt selfish, in a way. I thought I would feel self-conscious going back to work, like braces would reveal some sort of vanity in me. But I am happily wrong about both those concerns.
For me, getting braces has been an exercise in self-care. It has made me feel better physically, and I am also looking forward to having straight teeth again.
Noah: Don’t fret too much about it. Braces can be a little scary at first. But they’re easy to live with after just a little while. And you’ll be so happy when you’re done.
Robyn: The world of braces has changed so much since 1987! So many things are different. The brackets are smaller, there are no bands around my back teeth this time, wire changes are much faster, and I feel like my teeth are moving into place faster also. There are so many colors and clear braces! I’ve had a lot of fun with the choices I have had this time.
(Yes, Robyn, so much has changed since the 80’s! The braces, the hair, the glasses, oh my! Thanks for sharing these amazing pictures, and encouraging other moms that it is never too late to straighten your teen…again! 🙂 )
For round #2, getting braces is more about feeling better and taking care of myself. But it is fun, and maybe braces make me look younger. I hope! But I’m sure I’ll be glad when treatment is done.
Noah: I feel that having braces hasn’t changed my confidence. But I will be very happy when my treatment is done and my teeth are straight!