Imagine walking into your orthodontist office for Invisalign braces and being told you were the two millionth patient worldwide! That’s what happened to 18-year-old Tessa Dyer when she went in to see Drs. Rachel Polgrean and Patricia Timmeny at Apple Tree Orthodontics in Londonderry, New Hampshire to get Invisalign braces. To celebrate, Tessa’s Invisalign Teen treatment will be completely covered by Align Technology, makers of Invisalign and Invisalign Teen.
“I’ve wanted to correct my teeth for a long time and the time was right. Really right,” said Tessa. “I can’t believe I’m the two millionth patient and that my treatment will be free. Of all the braces options that Drs. Polgrean and Dr. Timmeny presented to me, Invisalign Teen best fit my lifestyle and, best of all, hardly anyone will be able to tell I’m straightening my teeth. I was excited about Invisalign Teen before, but now I can’t wait to get started with my treatment.”
When Invisalign was introduced by Align Technology in 1999, it was viewed as one of the most significant innovations in orthodontics. Ten years later, Invisalign celebrated the treatment of its one millionth patient. Since then, the treatment’s popularity amongst adults and teens has accelerated! Only three years later, one million more patients have chosen Invisalign and Invisalign Teen. Approximately 260,000 tweens and teens have been treated with Invisalign since Invisalign Teen was introduced in 2008.
A family update - Nathan
Nathan got his upper row of traditional braces put on a couple of weeks ago. He had a full week and a half of soreness. I made a lot of soups and smoothies and Nathan managed to eat some of the softer, mushier things at Thanksgiving like mashed butternut squash and stuffing. He couldn’t have any pecan pie – no eating nuts with traditional braces – poor kid!
Also, Nathan plays trumpet, so he had to adjust his playing style to the new braces, too! His trumpet teacher said it was a good thing as he’d have to concentrate more on his breath than on his mouth. All this made me wish he was eligible for Invisalign braces, since he could pop them out when eating or playing music. Oh well.
I’m about a third of a way through my refinement process. My aligners kept tearing on the bottom right side because of the way I had to remove them around a retention bump. It wasn’t happening until the last couple of days of wearing them, so I didn’t pay much attention. However, I was in Dallas at a blogger conference and my bottom aligner tore all the way through!
I called Dr. Waugh’s office when I got back home. Dr. Waugh decided the retention bump wasn’t necessary and had the hygienist remove it. Now that my aligner doesn’t get stuck on that bump when I remove it, I don’t have anymore problems with tears.
Also, since my week three aligner was toast, I was put on week four early so I wouldn’t have buy a new week three aligner. (I was told it was $68 to replace the aligner.) I’ll have to wear it for three instead of two weeks so I can be back on track for my Invisalign braces treatment. No biggie and I’m glad everything worked out!
Disclosure: I’m a member of the Invisalign Teen Mom Advisory Board. I’m receiving complimentary treatment from Invisalign, but all opinions and experiences expressed are my own.