Smile Bravely, Proudly

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You deserve to feel confident, beautiful, uninhibited — in all aspects of your life. As a mother, as a woman, as a person.

If you got pregnant at an exceptionally young age, you might already feel a certain kind of social uncomfortableness in class or out in the grocery store. Apparently the combination of growing belly + young face forms a blinking neon sign above your head that reads, "Tell me how sorry you are for me!"

You don't want anything highlighting your youth more than your face already does. (Maybe you lie about your age, or you secretly wish for a wrinkle or two around the eyes.) If you keep your smile hidden because you're embarrassed of your teeth, the last thing you might want is braces. No young mom wants to look younger, amirite?

And yet — don't you deserve to feel confident and to share your smile freely, generously? Shouldn't you throw up a big "W" hand signal to the world? WHAT-EVER.

When Invisalign approached me about their "Invisalign Teen," I knew there had to be a few teen moms out there who could use this nudge. Maybe you missed the boat on traditional braces — maybe your family couldn't afford them, or you opted out of the scary orthodontist chair — and it's a major regret. Invisalign Teen can fix anything from severe teeth straightening issues and overbites to minor cosmetic adjustments without that social awkwardness that shaves 5 years off your already young-looking face.

Listen, I'm all for doing whatever you need to do to feel confident and beautiful — metal and brackets and all. Forget what anyone says or thinks; it's your mouth and your life. All I'm saying is that you have options. Why let your self-esteem take more of a hit than it already has?

The good news is that Invisalign Teen is covered by most dental policies, similar to braces. If you're already considering braces, invisible braces cost about the same. If you don't have insurance, most doctors will work with you on a monthly finance plan that you can afford. (Find an Invisalign doctor here.)

Maybe you don't need braces yourself, but you have a preteen who could use some teeth straightening. Take the Invisalign Smile Assessment to see if Invisalign Teen could work for you.

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Go on and invest in your confidence and happiness. It'll be worth it.