Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post. However, all thoughts and opinions are my own.
Earlier this month I attended a Mini Bloggy Boot Camp, sponsored by Invisalign. The presentation from Invisalign resonated personally to me as I consider Invisalign vs braces. I had braces when I was about 12 years old. I remember the cuts and soreness associated with it but it was all worth it to have straight teeth. That wasn’t the experience that came to mind though.
The Sad Story of Crooked Teeth
When I was about 22, I wanted to get the permanent retainer on my bottom teeth removed. Keeping it clean in that area was very difficult and the wire would often catch my tongue (ouch!). My dentist said it shouldn’t be a problem and that my teeth probably wouldn’t move any more any way. Well, my teeth did shift and now it’s as if I never had braces since they are so crooked. I tried to use the makeshift retainer I was given but my teeth moved so much each day that one tooth in particular is slightly wiggly to this day from moving it back and forth so much.
On top of that, my 13-year-old received my bad genes of crooked teeth. Most of them are okay but she has one tooth on the bottom that’s twisted about 30 degrees in relation to her other teeth. With a small cramped mouth as it is, I have no idea how we’ll deal with the wisdom teeth that will likely make their appearance in a few years. Yes, we both need orthodontic help.
Is Invisalign Right For Us?
That brings me back to the Invisalign discussion. Every day I am reminded of my crooked teeth and am ashamed when I smile. I fear the same may be the case with my daughter. I would love for both of us to get Invisalign. After learning how effective the procedure is and how the costs and time are comparable to that of braces, I can’t think of reason why we wouldn’t go with Invisalign. Plus, I think it would be fun to challenge each other to see who is better at regularly wearing the aligners while supporting each other through the process.
With my daughter’s teenage brain, it did worry me that she’d lose her aligners. However, I found out that teenagers are actually more diligent than adults in wearing their aligners. And, just in case, the Invisalign Teen includes six additional aligners for pre-teen and teen patients. That’s a great feature as adults have to pay for extras. Obviously, these will look much better than traditional wires and brackets for those ever so sensitive awkward years too. Invisalign Teen aligners also have small blue dots on the aligners, called compliance indicators, that fade as they’re worn. So, parents have a way of checking on their teen so their hard-earned dollars don’t go to waste.
Getting the Facts Straight About Invisalign vs Braces
A few myths, that even I believed previously, were set straight (pun intended). One of which was the thought that Invisalign could only be used to fix minor issues. This is not the case according to this statement from the brand:
Invisalign effectively treats a wide variety of orthodontic issues including severe bite issues. From underbite to crossbite, deepbite to overbite and overly crowded to widely spaced, advancements to Invisalign’s patented technology continues to increase the complexity of issues that can be treated.
Then there’s the issue of when to start prepping your child to get work done on their teeth. Notice this point I gleaned from Invisalign:
The American Association of Orthodontics recommends taking children for their first orthodontic check-up no later than age 7. The American Dental Association says this is because, “Your child’s dentist can spot problems with emerging teeth and jaw growth early on, while the primary teeth are present.”
For even more factual tidbits, this infographic does a great job explaining when and how to proceed in straightening your children’s teeth. You can also visit the official Invisalign website and follow Invisalign on Twitter and Facebook for up-to-date facts and info. You can also enter this giveaway to win a treatment for yourself or your child:
I’m sold! The only thing that’s holding us back is our financial situation as my husband is still out of work. Hopefully he’ll find a job soon and we can commence with finding an orthodontist that specializes in both Invisalign and Invisalign Teen.