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Just six months can sort that crooked or overcrowded smile. Here’s the full story.

As we write this blog, it's the ever of the return game between Ireland and the mighty All Blacks. You’ll remember, of course, that we beat then by 40 points to 29 two weeks ago in that epic clash in Chicago.

But despite the fact that a magnificent performance by everyone in a green shirt had made history after 111 years of failure, there were some doubters.

Lightning will never strike twice, they said. There will be a backlash, they said. And maybe they’re right, but here’s the point we’d like to make. What’s the worst thing that can happen if you approach life with a confident attitude? Surely it’s better to see the glass as half full rather than half empty.

Confidence, we believe, is a monumentally important ‘tool’ in our everyday lives. Think of the amount of confidence that Donald Trump needed during his successful run for the U.S. presidency. Or think of the amount of confidence that the pioneer astronauts must have had as they set off towards outer space.

And while confidence is important at any age, it’s a commodity that can sometimes be sadly missing in adolescents. They haven’t yet found their place in the world, and often feel very awkward in social situations.

The thing they fear most is being in any way different to their peers, as they feel that this makes them the centre of unwanted attention. So imagine their anguish when, at this tender age, they are told that they need to have invisible braces fitted!

Fortunately, however, there’s some very good news for them. In the not too distant past, they would have had to wear their braces for two years – and even longer, in certain circumstances.

Today, however, the modern generation of braces requires only six months to work their magic. This means that there’s 18 months less embarrassment and less trying to keep out of sight.

There’s even better news, however, in that the new generation of invisible braces are highly discreet and you'd have to get very close to someone before you'd spot that they were wearing them.

Also, the newer form of braces is very comfortable, and patients often tell us that they soon forget that they're wearing them. This is a great boost for confidence at this time of life.

Another bit of good news relates to cost. In the past, it was quite expensive to have orthodontic treatment. This was because the patient spent so much time, over that two-year period, in the dentist’s chair.

Obviously, the professional visits are far less frequent in a 6-month treatment plan, so the time savings can be passed on directly to the patient.

And last but not least, if you happen to be looking for a great dentist to provide your invisible braces Dublin is an acknowledged centre of excellence, and is home to some wonderfully talented dentists, including MyDental of course.

We should also point out that all our work – including invisible braces – is carried out in accordance with the Irish Dental Council’s code of practice which we reproduce here - (http://www.dentalcouncil.ie/g_dentalethics.php)