Today’s Straight Talk post is sponsored by Invisalign. However, all thoughts an opinions are my own. As a medical device, Invisalign should only be used for it’s intended use, which is to straighten teeth.
As a kid, I didn’t realize just how lucky I was. I had very straight, appropriately spaced teeth. Though I had no need for braces, I was incredibly jealous of my friends with braces. They all thought I was ridiculous. They hated their braces. They were uncomfortable, meant constant trips to the orthodontist and made eating a pain. They didn’t like the way their braces altered their appearance and I don’t remember a single friend ever being sad about getting their braces off. It was a reason to celebrate! No more “metal mouth”.
I have a daughter entering the stage of her life where permanent teeth are replacing the baby ones, and I’ve really started paying attention to her mouth. It looks like my baby girl may need some orthodontic help in the next few years. She is far luckier than my friends growing up were, as she won’t be destined for a mouth full of metal wires and brackets. The new solution to an improved smile is as simple as clear aligners thanks to Invisalign, the alternative to traditional metal braces.
Myth: I don’t need to take my child to see an orthodontist until they are a teenager.
The American Association of Orthodontics recommends taking your child for their first orthodontic check-up no later than age 7. Getting in early and catching issues before they become huge problems a great, pro-active way to be ahead of the game. Your child’s dentist can spot problems with emerging teeth and jaw growth early on. Despite the name, Invisalign Teen is also available for pre-teens too. My daughter is a very active girl, and with Invisalign, she can play sports without fear of injury, continue her dancing and gymnastics without worrying about her mouth, and won’t have to restrict her diet. Because it’s removable, brushing and flossing are a breeze too!
Even at 7, my daughter is very concerned with her appearance. She carefully picks out her clothes every day, and whether they match in reality or not, they match in her mind. She is particular about how long her hair is and how she wears it. Even at 7, I know the thought of traditional braces would send her into a tailspin! People would be looking at all of that metal in her mouth, and that just wouldn’t sit well with her. Luckily, we won’t have to worry about that!
Myth: Invisalign is more expensive than metal braces.
Invisalign costs about the same amount as traditional braces, and it’s even covered by most dental insurance policies, just like traditional braces! If you’re worried about your kiddo loosing their aligners, and I know I am, Invisalign Teen includes up to six free replacement aligners. The aligners even have built in “compliance indicators” that help parents and orthodontists do a quick visual check to confirm aligners are being worn enough to get results.
Not all orthodontists specialize in Invisalign Teen. Visit www.invisalign.com and select “find a doctor” to locate experienced Invisalign and Invisalign Teen doctors in your area.
Have you taken your children to see an orthodontist for a consult? How do you feel about Invisalign verses traditional metal braces?