Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post. However, all thoughts and opinions are my own as always. As the mom of a teen with crooked teeth and an overbite we know she will need braces. She’s worn a spacer for years to prepare her for braces which was painful and caused a dent in her mouth… [Continue Reading]

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September is National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. A few years ago if you asked me if I knew someone who had a childhood cancer I would probably respond that I only knew one person. A distant cousin of mine who is now in her early 20s had Leukemia at a young age, but I didn’t know… [Continue Reading]

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Recently we took a family trip to Marietta Square, Georgia. It’s about 20 miles from downtown Atlanta. You can spend a few hours to a full day here, sight-seeing, shopping and eating. The center of the square is Glover Park, where you can people watch and let the kids run off some steam. The park… [Continue Reading]

Marietta Square

About two months ago I was diagnosed with cluster headaches. The pain was horrible, it woke me up every night and hit me during the day too. Since I am my own patient advocate I did online researched and joined a cluster headache support group. The way the group members described the pain brought me… [Continue Reading]

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Invisalign to the Rescue for Straight Teeth

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post. However, all thoughts and opinions are my own as always.

As the mom of a teen with crooked teeth and an overbite we know she will need braces. She’s worn a spacer for years to prepare her for braces which was painful and caused a dent in her mouth after removal. Now we’re looking for an alternative for metal braces since she’s concerned about being called brace face and other names.
Daughter Hiding Her Teeth - Invisalign

Since Invisalign uses clear aligners that are practically invisible, my daughter feels relieved that she won’t be called names. We are in the process of visiting a second orthodontist who continually says that my daughter isn’t ready for braces. Both are also is against Invisalign because they say that Invisalign causes teeth to return to their crooked state as before. That’s a myth.

The Pros Of Invisalign

After learning that Invisalign works just as well as metal braces, I am now considering them. Some of the pros:

  • The cost is almost the same as regular braces. Find out by using the cost calculator.
  • If you have a Flexible Spending Account, it can cover the cost as well
  • Since teens are prone to lose things, especially my daughter, Invisalign provides up to 6 replacement aligners. Woo hoo!
  • You can eat anything, corn on the cob, popcorn, caramel apples, etc. Just remove the the aligner.
  • Instead of molds, which my daughter is terrified of, many orthodontists use a technology called iTero® digital scanning system.

Finding an Invisalign orthodontist in your area and one who uses iTero® is easy. Just use the doctor locator.

Personally I’m considering Invisalign as an alternative for regular braces for daughter and for me, since my teeth have shifted since years of metal braces during my teens. You can even try the smile assessment to see if Invislign will work for you. Please note this is not you still need to visit an orthodontist, but it’s a start.

Invisalign Straight Teeth

My daughter also has a fear of the dentist and orthodontist. With Invisalign there are less visits because there are no worries about tightening regular braces and those extra aligners are given in advance.

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Have you or your teen used Invisalign? What has been your experience?

National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month #Advocacy

September is National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. A few years ago if you asked me if I knew someone who had a childhood cancer I would probably respond that I only knew one person. A distant cousin of mine who is now in her early 20s had Leukemia at a young age, but I didn’t know much about it. I was just a child myself, and it wasn’t discussed much around me other than the occasional conversation I would overhear about her getting better.

Fast forward to adulthood, and I am definitely more aware now when it comes to childhood cancer and how many children are affected by it. As a mother I am saddened when I hear about a child who is suffering with cancer. My husband has a young cousin, Aiden, who has been battling Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG) since 2013. This is a very aggressive form of brain cancer found at the base of the brain among nerves making it extremely difficult to treat.  Because this type of tumor occurs in the brain stem complete surgical removal is not an option. The survival rate from DIPG is grim.

Facts About Childhood Cancer:

According to the American Childhood Cancer Organization approximately 15,780 children and young people under the age of 21 in the U.S. are diagnosed with some form of cancer each year. ¼ of those diagnosed will not survive.

Cancer is the #1 cause of disease related death among those under 15.

In 1977 the survival rate for among those diagnosed with a childhood cancer was 50%. Today the 5 year survival rate has grown to 80%, but rates vary among the different types of childhood cancer. In Aiden’s case, DIPG’s survival rate is not good. The 1 year survival rate for this devastating cancer is 30%, and the 2 year survival rate falls to 10%.

How Can You Help?

Become informed. Learn the facts about childhood cancer research and the lack of federal funding.  Spread the word about childhood cancers and the research that is needed to reach the goal of 100% survival rate.

If you have the means, consider donating to the childhood cancer charity of your choice. There are many organizations out there such as the ACCO and Alex’s Lemonade Stand that are diligently working to raise funds for childhood cancer research, clinical trials, and family support.

If you would like to donate to Aiden’s family you can find out more information via the Support For Aiden Facebook page or Aiden’s Youcaring.com page.

 

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I was provided with a free EatSmart Precision Pro Digital Thermometer in exchange for this review. All opinions are my own. Growing up in a southern household means I have spent much of my lifetime in the kitchen. It’s just a way of life. I learned to enjoy cooking at a very young age spending […]

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Family Trip to Marietta Square, Georgia

Recently we took a family trip to Marietta Square, Georgia. It’s about 20 miles from downtown Atlanta. You can spend a few hours to a full day here, sight-seeing, shopping and eating. The center of the square is Glover Park, where you can people watch and let the kids run off some steam. The park […]

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