Did you have braces growing up? I did and remember it vividly. I’m from the generation where they put bands around each tooth instead of gluing an attachment to the outside of your teeth. I also remember how painful it was. It was so bad that there were nights my dad would let me gargle with scotch to dull the pain. I wish Invisalign was around then, but more on that later.
I got my braces in ninth grade and had them until my senior year of high school. Then I got a retainer, but my bottom teeth moved, probably due to biting my nails.
I’m self-conscious about my bottom teeth because I’m a firm believer that people do notice your smile. If you have crooked teeth, it affects your self-confidence or maybe even your employment prospects. Case in point, I’ve had friends get braces later in life because they knew their unattractive smile was causing people to think less of them. These same friends are making sure their teens get braces, too.
I see braces in our future
Both Nathan and Lucie will be getting braces since their teeth are so crooked that I ask them to smile with their mouths closed when I’m taking pictures. Even my mom looks at Lucie and asks, “Poor thing. But her smile will get better with braces, yes?”
Since Nathan is only 11, his orthodontist wants to wait another year for his few remaining adult teeth to come in. (He’s already had five baby teeth pulled.) That’s fine with me since I feel he’s not mature enough to take care of braces yet, since he’ll have to brush several times a day and avoid foods that could break the wires. Since our doctor is 45 minutes away, I’m not looking forward to those extra trips!
There are other concerns. Both my kids are missing several adult teeth, especially Lucie, and neither have wisdom teeth. This means they must take extra care of their remaining baby teeth since they’ll have them for the rest of their lives. In my case, my braces “stressed out” my lower left first premolar. I had a root canal on it when I was 19. At 39, the tooth got infected and had to be pulled. I have a very expensive tooth implant there now and wonder if the trauma of braces caused all the issues I had with the tooth over the years.
Why Invisalign and Invisalign Teen are a clear alternative to metal braces
Seeing that the kids (and maybe me) are getting braces in the next few years, I’m interested in alternatives to traditional teeth straightening methods. That’s why I’m posting about Invisalign.
When I was approached by their PR representative to write about Invisalign and Invisalign Teen, I thought it was a good opportunity to learn more about what they had to offer for both adults and teens, and wanted to share that information with you!
Here are some facts about Invisalign and Invisalign Teen:
- Invisalign are nearly invisible, removable appliances or “aligners” that are used to straighten teeth. They can be used alone for comprehensive orthodontic treatment or as a part of restorative or cosmetic dental work.
- Invisalign has specific products for treating both adults and teens.
- Invisalign uses a series of clear, removable aligners to gradually straighten your teeth, without metal or wires. After detailed impressions are taken of the teeth, the company utilizes proprietary 3D computer imaging technology to map your complete treatment from start to finish. You wear each aligner for about two weeks. During this time, the aligners gradually move your 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 total treatment time with Invisalign averages between nine and 15 months and the average number of aligners worn during treatment is between 18 and 30
- G3 is the third generation of Invisalign. With the arrival of G3, it’s now possible for people with very complex cases (over/under/cross bites, widely spaced or overly overcrowded teeth, and severe misalignment) to be treated with Invisalign.
- Invisalign is removable. You can maintain normal dental hygiene during treatment and eat whatever you want.
- Invisalign looks great and is nearly undetectable. This is important, especially for adults who want to maintain a professional appearance or for those self-conscious teens who want to “fit in.”
- In the US, the cost of Invisalign treatment ranges from $3,500 to $8,000, with the national average at about $5,000. Invisalign has a monthly payment cost calculator on their website to help you figure it out.
Is Invisalign right for you or your teen?
First, take the Invisalign self-assessment. Then find a doctor in your area who is a Invisalign Preferred Provider. Contact them to find out if they offer a free consultation. Once the doctor confirms that an issue can be corrected with the Invisalign system, he or she will write a detailed treatment plan that determines how each of the aligners will change throughout the program.
You'll find that each doctor may have different pricing, patient interaction and treatment recommendations. So meeting with more than one doctor increases the likelihood of finding one you feel most comfortable with. Remember, you’re the one who decides which doctor works best for you and your circumstances. Once you find the right doctor and make your choice, you've taken that first step towards actually starting treatment – and getting that gorgeous smile.
For more information go to www.invisalign.com
So are braces – or maybe Invisalign – in your future?
Disclosure: I was compensated to share this information with my readers. All opinions are my own.