Between my name and braces – the bullies had a field day.
So you can imagine how I felt when I was told as an adult that I had to do it all over again.
No, my teeth aren’t a total horror show. In fact, I only have a couple of teeth that have shifted over time with age. But even having two teeth that are now misaligned bothers me. Everyone knows your smile is one of the first things people notice and being on TV just adds to the pressure.
I’d be lying if i didn’t say there was a part of me that was worried about how I’d look on TV with a mouth full of metal.
Okay, I’ll be real, there was a big part of me that dreaded being a HIGH-DEFINITION METAL MOUTH. However, the the shifting teeth bothered me even more so I was conflicted.
So to help make my decision, I set up an appointment with Philadelphia-based orthodontist Dr. Peter Greco to figure this out. He gave me me two options: Invisalign or braces.
He said this would be an option for me because the rest of my teeth are straight and because they having Invisalign wouldn’t really be noticeable on TV. It’s a great alternative to braces in some cases. However, it’s a little slower and isn’t quite as effective as braces.
While braces (typically silver; you can pay extra for color or enamel color) are more visible, they are certainly more effective and faster than Invisalign.
So for me it came down to hiding and hoping versus guaranteed results. So I asked Dr. Greco, “If I were your daughter – what would you recommend?” He didn’t hesitate. “Braces, because I can manipulate the teeth. We will have the final say of what the end results will be.”
And just like that, I settled on braces. Do I want to be metal-mouth-Nef? Of course not. But if I’m committed to my dental health and to the process — which will take 6-8 months. — I gotta be ALL-IN.
So when you catch me on TV and see the metal flashing, it’s just my new ice-cold grill. 😉 #EmbracingBraces