Why I Wish I Could Turn Back Time & Use Invisalign Teen

Posted on May 6, 2013 in Family Life | 14 comments

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post. However, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Last Saturday I was invited along with a group of bloggers to learn more about Invisalign Teen. Being a mom to four kids who seem to have inherited my small jaw and crowded teeth, two of which who have not started orthodontic treatment yet, I was eager to hear what options existed outside of traditional braces. Of course, I had heard of Invisalign before but never truly took the time to learn the details. I didn’t even realize that Invisalign now offers treatment to teens as well as adults.  Well, this just may be a game changer and as Cher would say, “If I could turn back time.”

Invisalign uses a series of clear removable aligners made of lightweight plastic that sit directly over the teeth.

Invisalign vs. braces to achieve straight teeth

Invisalign vs traditional braces

 

I’ve experienced traditional braces myself as well as with my oldest daughter and currently with my son so I think I can officially say that it’s NOT fun. Teen years are hard enough without walking around with a mouthful of metal; just one more thing to be teased and self-conscious about. I can still remember incidents where my braces were the catalyst for unrelenting taunts. I don’t think my daughter had the same experience in that regard but she did have to worry about how her braces would look for special occasions and photos. How awesome is it that you don’t have to worry about any of that with Invisalign?!? No metal and the aligners can be easily removed when needed!

With my sons in particular, there are other reasons that Invisalign appeals to me. They are at the age that internal motivation for personal hygiene is lacking a bit so brushing hair, showering and even wearing deodorant are viewed as chores for them. I’m pretty sure they don’t brush their teeth completely without having to navigate around and between metal adorned teeth so I always worry about how thorough teeth are getting cleaned with braces in place. The idea that Invisalign is removable is very appealing in that aspect.  There is also a compliance indicator so you can make sure it’s being worn enough.

These things alone make Invisalign priceless. Well, almost priceless. The one thing I had heard about Invisalign before was that it was expensive. Turns out, in most cases, it is comparable to the cost of a regular set of braces. Not cheap in any regard but nice to know that cost doesn’t have to be the deciding factor.

We got to hear many other benefits of Invisalign as well such as, no need for traditional impressions, shorter appointments, and fewer office visits but these are the ones that resonated with me enough to consider this as an option for my other two children. Heck, I’m even dreaming about using Invisalign to fix my lower teeth that shifted after my wisdom teeth came in. If I can’t turn back time I can at least try to realign it, right?

Have you or someone you’ve known used Invisalign? And if so, what was their experience?

 

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14 Comments

  1. I’d love to try invisalign as an adult! We’re lucky that our kids have such great options

  2. Invisalign has been on my radar for a few years since I never had braces as a kid. I would love to fix my crooked smile, but it’s not that bad I guess…

  3. I’ll have to look into that for my daughter. Her teeth look like they got into a fist fight, and she lost :( Shorter and less visits is great, my girl is terrified of the dentist.

    • Fewer office visits would be a plus for you then. Also, they don’t have to take dental impressions but instead use a image generated from a digital scanner… way less intrusive!

  4. I did Invisalign at 33 and I loved it. I am so glad that it’s available for teens and tweens now.

  5. Very interesting. My MIL had Invisalign in her 40’s but I always thought it was only for adults. My oldest has traditional braces, but my younger two haven’t started treatment yet. I’m definitely going to ask the orthodontist about this.

  6. My husband did invisalign at 30 and it work miracles. Highly recommend!

  7. I too would love to try Invisalign as an adult. I had braces as a child, but my teeth have definitely shifted since getting them off!

  8. I have a feeling one of my kids will need these! My mom used Invisalign in her 50’s and has never been more confident!

  9. I have four children who inherited my tooth alignment issues so thi sarticle was of particular interest to me. Thanks for sharing.

  10. I wish they had this when I was a kid!

  11. I used Invisalign and it worked like magic. But… I stopped using my retainers, and my teeth shifted back. I want to get Invisalign again and do it right this time.

  12. I don’t know… my kids started with a spacer device that was affixed for a while and then was removable and to be worn always at night. Once we reache that stage, there was so much drama over wearing it, losing it, forgetting it, making sure the fit stayed right with shifting teeth… I begged the orthodontist to just put it back in permanently! Now they have their braces, firmly glued to their teeth, just the way I like it! I can’t wait to see their (even more) beautiful smiles when they are finished.

  13. This sounds great. Gives hope to us adults. Much easier than the wire braces.

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