I would like to thank Invisalign for this sponsored post opportunity.
This is me in the 9th grade, circa 1994. Notice the mouth full of metal?
Looking at this picture brings back memories of teeth that were so extremely sore, that the mere thought of eating anything, brought tears to my eyes. Not to mention being poked with broken wires, broken brackets, rubber bands that connected upper brackets to lower brackets & monthly trips to the orthodontist. An especially unpleasant memory, is the cuts I would get on the inside of my mouth from wires that were bridging a gap between 2 teeth. The solution was to form chunks of wax around the wire.....lovely. I'm shocked I didn't choke on these chunks of wax in my sleep!
I had braces for almost 5 years.....Yes, you heard that right, 5 years! From 6th grade to the summer before my junior year of high school.
I wish Invisalign Teen was around back then!
Unfortunately for me, Invisalign wasn't developed until 1999, with the teen division being developed in 2009. Currently, there are more than 100,000 cases of Invisalign Teen each year, so this method of straightening teeth is definitely catching on, as an alternative to traditional metal braces.
So you might be asking yourself what is the difference between traditional metal braces and Invisalign?
Metal braces are affixed to teeth with wires and brackets, which are used to manipulate teeth movement. Sounds painful, doesn't it? It is!
Invisalign uses BPA free plastic aligners, that gradually move teeth. And, the best part is, you DON'T have to where them to eat! Not to mention, esthetically they just look better because they are virtually invisible.
Other advantages of using aligners, are that it's easier to keep your teeth clean. You just remove your aligners, and brush and floss your teeth like you normally would.
How many of you have children that like to eat treats? What teen doesn't right? Well, with traditional braces you can't eat the following....
Your child will still love you, but he or she will not will not be a happy camper!
How do you know if your child will need braces?
The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that a child have their first orthodontic screening at age 7. However, most children don't get braces until ages 9 to 16.
I have a 7 year old little boy, I guess I better make an appointment!
Primary reasons teens & parents love Invisalign....
~ Effectively straightens teeth
~ Made especially made for teens
~ Fits teens active lifestyles
~ It's removable
~ It's looks great
~ It's comfortable!
Teens that are candidates for Invisalign typically wear their aligners for a less overall length of time, compared to traditional metal braces, the cost is comparable to that of metal braces & you are given 6 extra aligners for free in case your teen loses one of his or her aligners. Also, you visit the Orthodontist less often!
Before & After's from Invisalign.com
I was asked by Invisalign to write about Invisalign Teen. I was compensated for this post. All opinions expressed herein are my own.