That One Time My Front Tooth Got Knocked Out

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post by Invisalign. However, all thoughts and opinions are my own (fortunately).

A long time ago, when I was a sophomore in high school I played the line of nerd and popular very closely. Most times I always leaned toward the smarts because I always had my head in a book.One of my favorite things to do in between classes was horse around. My friends and I would literally fight and chase each other around the hallways (I must have been SO annoying). One day, we were clowning around as usual and my girlfriend shoved me, which was nothing out of the ordinary. Except this time I lost my balance and control and when flying head first into a staircase divider.

We all laughed and giggled until I realized there was a gaping hole in my mouth.

My entire front tooth had been knocked out of my mouth from root to tip.

I didn’t cry, I had no pain (miraculously), I was however in complete and utter shock.

My tooth was gone. Forever. And I was 13! (Yes I started high school at 12, stay focused people!)

So after being escorted to the nurses office in a daze, the security guard found my tooth and wrapped it in ice as he would a digit.

After a few emergency calls and my mother digging up her resources I was able to be seen by one of the best practices in Brooklyn. There were 5 dentists on hand to help with my emergency surgery. My tooth was inserted back in, whole, all was right with the world.

Except, over the years my tooth was never the same, it stayed still. So as my teeth continued to change and evolve my reinserted tooth refused to cooperate.

Braces were the only option.

Except I hated them, I liked the fact that they were blue but that’s where the love ended. It was painful, and i couldn’t eat my favorite foods, and I hated going there every month or so for a very painful tightening.


During this time I wish I had Invisalign Teen, here’s why:

  • Invisalign uses a series of clear, removable aligners to gradually straighten teeth, without metal or wires. After detailed impressions are taken of the teeth, the company utilizes proprietary 3D computer imaging technology to map the patient’s complete treatment from start to finish. Patients wear each aligner for about two weeks. During this time, the aligners gradually move their teeth until they achieve the prescribed final position.

  • Patients typically visit their doctor once every six weeks or so to ensure that treatment is progressing as planned, and to receive their next few sets of aligners.

  • The length of treatment depends on the severity of each case and can only be determined by the treating doctor; however, the average Invisalign case takes about a year.

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I got so frustrated with the bracket braces that I ended up taking them off myself–with my bare hands. (That’s a story for another day)

A year before I got married I got the problem tooth removed and a replacement permanent implant that gives me the almost perfect smile that I have today.



Would you ever consider getting Invisalign for yourself or your child? Do you have any dental horror stories? (I can’t be the only one)



Mommy. Fitness Addict. Socialite.
Schnelle "Nellie" Acevedo is a busy mom of two young boys (3 and 6), she is an Account Manager by day and a self proclaimed fitness junkie by night. Brooklyn Active Mama is a body positive community that focuses on demonstrating to all women that you can always find time for fitness. A recent running addict, Nellie has completed 7 Half Marathons and is currently training for the New York City Marathon on 11/1/2015. Nellie also is a co-founder of the annual A Healthy U Conference which is a conference dedicated to helping women improve their mental, spiritual and physical health. Nellie is a licensed Zumba instructor in Brooklyn. You can find Nellie on TwitterInstagramFacebookPinterest, PeriscopeGoogle Plus.


  1. I had braces and did a terrible job wearing my retainer, so I could totally use this service for sure! Great post, although having your permanent tooth knocked out is a nightmare! UGH.-Ashley
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  2. For sure. When I was a kid my brother knocked one of my teeth out with a ping pong paddle (accidentally!) and the other one was knocked so loose the adult one started to grow in but it was tilted to the back. This led to oral surgery and eventually those awful metal braces. I was lucky in that it was still baby teeth but what a disaster! And of course, years of a retainer up until I met my husband. What a disaster! I’d do anything so that my kids have it easier.
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    • Wow! That is some story! I do as well, I am super obsessed with cleaning and taking good care of the teeth AS soon as they come in! I know we can’t control all of it but I definitely hope they don’t have any crazy teeth situations.

  3. This is a horror story indeed! I think I would have lost my mind along with my tooth had that happended to me. No tooth horror stories from me. I did break my grape flavored retainer 3 times as a 9 year old before my mother gave up on the idea of me having a pretty smile. My orthodontist was a saint and placed 4 brackets on my teeth and maintained them for free for the 10 months that I wore them! He was amazing! More importantly though, how in the world did you enter high school as a tween?
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    • Wow, now that is rare…an orthodonist doing anything for free is okay in my book!

      I skipped the first and the 7th grade. I hid my age the ENTIRE time though. High school peeps are brutal!

  4. Yikes!! But at least it ended well and you do have a gorgeous smile!
    I wanted invisalign (I wore braces as an adult) but the orthodontist said it wouldn’t work for me. My oldest son is through with braces and my youngest son has them now.
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    • Thank you! They actually said at the presentation to always do a 2nd opinion because the technology is so new and ever changing.

  5. Yikes! What a story! You do have a great smile – I would have never guessed you went through all of that! And I am so excited about Invisalign – I hope my son is a candidate…wish I would have had that option!
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  6. You have a great smile! Sorry you had to endure such an event at such a young age!
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  7. I had braces very late in life to close a gap. All my friends were in professional school and we all had braces…too funny. Anyway, I wore them for like 14 monts, wasn’t too bad. I can’t remember why I didn’t do invisalign, I think bc it was so new. I’d give it a shot currently though.
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    • hilarious that all of you had them at the same time! I think I would have fared better as an adult, as a teen I had absolutely no patience.

  8. Oh my! Your poor lil tooth. It just didn’t belong after rejoining the group. I can’t believe you took the braces off with your bare hands! I’ll be waiting to catch that story. haha

    • Thats EXACTLY it, once it got back in, everybody else turned their little back on him. Sad. Yes, I took them off, it was actually quite hilarious and I did it in front of my then bf now hubby too. No shame.

  9. I have a huge gap in my teeth. My mom could never afford braces and when I got older and was able to afford them I decided not to get them. I am not ashamed of my gap I rarely smile you know cause things are not funny *side eye* but I didn’t close my gap because its me. It makes me different and I stand out. Your teeth do look good though so braces are worth it
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    • Thanks! I think that its awesome that you love your gap, I think if I didn’t get braces or at least had it removed eventually it would have rotted out!

  10. I fell down the stairs in 3rd grade and chipped my front tooth. It was horrible. Blood everywhere and I just looked so weird with half of my tooth missing. I hated the dentist for years so I know how you feel/felt.

    I’m happy with my teeth now but it took a long time!

    • Ouch! Yes, it took a long time for me too, there were hardly any pics of me growing up showing teeth in my smiles.

  11. OK, WOW! I would have been mortified at 13 to loose a tooth at school! All those cool points lost!LOL!

    • girl I know. It was awful but thank goodness they put it in within a few hours. I can’t imagine the horror of showing up at school without a front tooth! omg!

  12. Your teeth look amazing. It’s funny how we look back on horror stories and think that wasn’t so bad after all but at the time it seems to be the end of the world.

    My husband had invisalign and loved it. His teeth are perfect :). I had good old metal braces and wished invisalign was around then.
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  13. I can’t imagine knocking out a tooth like that! One of my family members used Invisalign. It wasn’t completely seamless, because she definitely had a lisp with it in and had to make awkward trips to the bathroom before eating. So I could still see some room for teasing from kids. Nonetheless, I would have probably jumped at the chance to wear them instead of the horrific metal braces I wore for four years!
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    • It was pretty awful. Yes I did notice a little lisp from the device on the patients but it would have been a ton better than what I went through!

  14. You have no idea how I can relate! In the summer between second and third grade I had four of my teeth knocked out with a baseball and I had to have them reinserted. Then I had to wear a “cast” that was cemented to my teeth half-way through the third grade. Which is why I have a weird non-smile in my third grade pics. So now I have one “gold tooth” because although it is a strong tooth it is dead but not the rotten looking dead just the one that looks like I don’t brush my teeth.

    But I kept my braces on! You’re a rebel! Can’t wait to hear how you started hs at 12. :) Oh, and my sister had the Invisalign braces as an adult and totally loved them.
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    • FOUR teeth! whoa! Yeah I started high school at twelve because I skilled the 7th and first grade. :)

  15. I so wanted Invisalign when they came out. Just to straighten my teeth. Of course insurance would never pay for it though.
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    • I know but they mentioned at the event that insurances are covering it more and more, I think just a decade too late unfortunately!

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  17. Number 1 – No pain when your tooth was knocked out? Wow. Then, number 2 – You took your braces off yourself?! Wow and another Wow!! I can’t wait to read that story. (If you’ve posted that one, let me know.)

    I’m so glad we connected through the FB Frenzy Hop :->


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