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Can you believe just a few years ago my teeth looked like this?
And Mom’s this?
And now they look like this?
You’re probably wondering how this happened. Wondering if we went through months of painful, inconvenient, and unattractive metal braces. We didn’t. Instead we used Invisalign, a set of plastic aligners that slowly straightened our teeth over the course of a little more than a year. We also whitened and slightly reshaped our teeth since, but Invisalign made the real difference.
I went to an orthodontist for the first time when I was nine years old, on the advice of my dentist. I was freaked out from the beginning and totally unwilling to go through having metal braces. I had heard they hurt like crazy, restricted the food I would be able to eat, and let’s be honest, they don’t look very good. So I ran from that office and never looked back.
That is until I was about 20 years old. I was suddenly unhappy with my smile. Truthfully I just wanted some Lumineers to have the smile I wanted and be done, but my dentist suggested Invisalign for both my mom and me. After a little thought, we took the plunge and are both so happy we did. Seriously, if I could shout my love for Invisalign from the roof tops, I would.
Okay, so it’s not all sunshine and butterflies, though it’s pretty close. Every two weeks, we switched our aligners, which resulted in a few days of discomfort, but it was nothing extraordinary, even for me, and I have the lowest pain tolerance ever! We also had to wear them as much as possible, though they are removed for eating. Speaking of eating, since you take the aligners out to eat and brush your teeth before reinserting them, you can eat anything. Hello, gummy candy! A couple of times when we had a special event, we left them out, but only because lipstick always got stuck in them! No one ever noticed we were wearing them. We also still wear our retainers at night to this day and will forever, because we don’t want our teeth to move back. The makers of Invisalign also make Vivera retainers. Wearing the retainers isn’t bad at all; they’ve actually become a bit of a security blanket for my mouth each night.
It also means lots of trips to the dentist, not that we minded this. We love our dentist and even go to fashion shows with her! It’s important to find a dentist you trust and like to make the process go as smooth as possible. You are bound to have questions along the way. You won’t have to go to the dentist as much as if you had metal braces, though. You’ll also want to make sure your dentist is an Invisalign dentist, as not all are. In addition, there are Invisalign orthodontists. Visit Invisalign’s website and select “find a doctor” to locate experienced Invisalign providers. Plus, Invisalign is roughly the same price as traditional braces and often 50% of the cost is covered by insurance.
Invisalign Teen is perfect for the pre-teens and teens out there. In addition to not having to avoid certain foods, teens will be able to continue to play sports and musical instruments without issues. Invisalign Teen is unique in that small blue dots are placed on the teeth to make sure the teen is wearing the aligners the appropriate amount of time. Don’t worry, they’ll fade over time.
Some myths about Invisalign are that if your dentist suggests traditional braces, that is the only way to go and that braces work better than Invisalign. This is simply not the case. My first dentist wasn’t a fan of Invisalign, but I was not going to go through having traditional metal braces. When I found my new dentist, she was far better acquainted with Invisalign, comfortable working with it, and knew it would be perfect for both my mom and me. If Invisalign sounds good to you or your teen, get a few opinions. Invisalign is made to treat a variety of straightening issues, from severe to minor and cosmetic. They do the job of traditional braces without all the sacrifice.
Whether young or old, Invisalign Teen and Invisalign may be just what your smile needs 🙂