After taking my kids to the dentist recently, it’s become obvious that we’ll be looking into something to help straighten their teeth. My oldest 2 still have a few left to lose before we get serious about talking with a professional for treatment options. Braces are the first thing that popped into my head, but I’ve been hearing a lot about Invisalign recently and have been looking into that as an option.
I Was a Brace Face
As a tween and teen, I totally had braces. I believe I was in 5th or 6th grade when I got a device to help bring my bottom jaw forward. It covered my bottom teeth and anchored to my top molars in the very back, so I was not able to have my lower teeth straightened at the same time as having braces.
I had buck teeth, so braces up top were not optional! Braces weren’t awesome – they hurt, and I had to have them adjusted a lot since I had a crowding issue and substantial gaps between my teeth. My mouth and gums were always all torn up with little sores, and the wax they tell you to use didn’t help a whole lot.
When it came time to use a retainer, I broke one of them from messing with it too much and the wire just snapped in half. I also lost one of them at school. I finally just stopped wearing it and that was that. It’s no surprise that my teeth have shifted quite a bit since them!
I’m highly considering getting my teeth straightened again, at least on the bottom where I never had it done. I’m also looking into Invisalign as another option for my own children based on my own painful and embarrassing experiences with having a metal mouth.
Straight Talk on Straight Teeth with Invisalign
Invisalign is an alternative to braces. I have partnered with Invisalign to share more information about Invisalign Teen, which is available to pre-teens and teens.
Invisalign Teen is just as effective as the more traditional wire and bracket braces. It can correct the most common teeth straitening issues, from severe cases to more minor, cosmetic adjustments.
Invisalign Teen clear aligners are removable and can straighten teeth without a mouth full of metal, which means no more Brace Face! The aligners can be used to straighten teeth with a variety of issues, including gapped teeth, overbite, underbite, open bite, cross bite, and over crowding.
There are no food restrictions, and brushing and flossing are done normally since they are removable. By the way, it’s easy for tweens and teens to continue on with their favorite activities like sports, singing, and playing instruments without worrying about interference.
Another bonus? Invisalign Teen eliminates emergency orthodontist visits for broken wires and brackets. It actually requires fewer appointments because several aligner sets are provided in advance. In fact, Invisalign Teen includes up to six free replacement aligners. Clinical data from orthodontists confirms that teens wear their aligners an average of 21 hours per day, just as recommended.
Setting it Straight About Invisalign
There are a lot of misconceptions out there about Invisalign. I’ll admit that I didn’t really know a lot about the process and its cost and availability until I started doing some research. Here are some common myths – busted!
Myth: Invisalign is more expensive than metal braces.
Setting it Straight: The cost of Invisalign is usually comparable to the cost of traditional braces and many dental insurance plans cover Invisalign just as they would braces. Up to 50% of the cost may be covered by insurance.
Even if dental insurance doesn’t apply, many doctors will help parents find options to make straightening their child’s teeth more affordable. Many offer flexible and affordable monthly finance plans that can be as low as $99 per month.
You can even check out how much invisible braces cost with their cost calculator.
Myth: Invisalign takes longer to complete than braces.
Setting it Straight: The length of Invisalign treatment is comparable to braces. The average Invisalign journey averages about 12 months for adults. The length of treatment time for teens may vary depending on the severity of the case and can only be determined by a doctor.
Myth: If my child’s dentist or orthodontist recommends braces over Invisalign, I should trust their opinion.
Setting it Straight: Keep in mind that not all orthodontists specialize in Invisalign Teen. Visit www.invisalign.com and select “find a doctor” to locate an experienced Invisalign and Invisalign Teen doctor in your area. If you are told your teen is not an Invisalign candidate, it may be worth getting a second opinion from more than one orthodontist. Doing so may help ensure that you have all the information you need to make an educated decision.
Myth: Braces work better than Invisalign.
Setting it Straight: Invisalign Teen was developed with leading orthodontists to correct the most common teeth straightening issues – from severe cases to more minor, cosmetic adjustments. Invisalign Teen’s clear aligners are removable and can straighten teeth without a mouth full of metal and all the disruption and sacrifice that comes with it. With Invisalign, teens look better and feel more confident than they ever could in traditional braces.
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Teen clear aligners straighten teeth without traditional wires and brackets giving teens the confidence to live life to the fullest while improving their smile. Visit the Invisalign website for more information.
While this has been a sponsored post, all thoughts and opinions are mine.