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Let’s talk about teens – teens who need to get braces.
In fact, I’m going to start with my own son’s need for braces.
My son is a fantastic human being: very kind, very funny, very much his own person, very popular amongst his friends, and amazingly self-confident. Only, he doesn’t like his teeth, so much. They’re a bit crowded. When I asked him for his thoughts about braces, he mentioned that he doesn’t really want to look or sound like an idiot. (Who does?) And since a picture’s worth a thousand words, I think this kind of sums up his sentiment:
He’s not wild about looking like this.
But since I’ve been looking into getting braces for him, and I have to tell you that I’m pretty darn jazzed about what I’m reading from the fine folks at Invisalign.
And what I’ve learned from a trusted family dentist in Kennesaw is exciting enough, and helpful enough, that I thought I’d share it with my readers as well. So here are some of the chief benefits that I see for my son, and for our family:
Benefit #1: No more metal mouth, like our friend, Señor Smart Donkey. No longer will a teen (or anyone who wears braces) need to feel like their braces are walking in the door before they do. Or like people are only talking to their braces. Invisalign really is practically invisible!
I’m thinking she must be done with her Invisalign treatment.
Benefit #2: You take these babies out to eat, and to clean your teeth! Now, how cool is that? No dietary restrictions, and you can maintain great oral hygiene while you’re wearing braces. I think that’s HUGE!
Benefit #3: The cost of Invisalign is comparable to the cost of regular braces. I was so relieved to learn that. Braces are something we’ve delayed for our son, due to the cost. But now that I’ve learned about Invisalign, I am thrilled we delayed, or we might not have even checked into using them.
Benefit #4: The aligners made specifically for teens have something called “Compliance Indicators”. They are blue spots that are designed to fade with use, that show whether or not the patient is actually wearing the aligners as they are designed to be worn. In other words, a reluctant patient can’t get away with sneaking them out the second they are out of the parent’s sight. (Note to self: MILLION DOLLAR IDEA!!! Invest in research and development for “Compliance Indicators” in regard to studying Algebra II assignments!!!)
Benefit #5: Invisalign has not only improved their technology recently with the arrival of Invisalign G3 making it suitable for patients with more complex cases, but they have also developed a special type of aligners, specifically targeted toward the clinical needs of teens. I’d encourage you to visit their site if you’d like more specific information.
Here’s how it works:
Invisalign Teen uses a series of clear, removable aligners to gradually straighten teeth. After detailed impressions are taken of the teeth, they use 3D computer imaging technology to map out the teen’s treatment from start to finish. The teen wears each aligner for about 2 weeks. The aligners gradually move the teeth until they reach the targeted, designed position.
The patient will typically visit their care provider once every six weeks to ensure that treatment is progressing as planned, and to receive their next few sets of aligners.
Yes…it is a sponsored post. My very FIRST sponsored post, ever. But that should tell you how VERY excited I am about Invisalign. And I wouldn’t say it if it weren’t true!
I think Invisalign is safe and effective for all ages.
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Friday 1st of August 2014
You take these babies out to eat, and to clean your teeth! Now, how cool is that? No dietary restrictions, and you can maintain great oral hygiene while you’re wearing braces. I think that’s HUGE! teeth whitening loxahatchee
Monday 6th of May 2013
My invisalign austin dentist highly recommend invisalign treatment because based on my sister experience on metal braces she told me that it was very difficult to eat because the tiny bits of meat get stucked on it. Thanks for sharing!
Friday 22nd of July 2011
He's 13yo now, and had braces from 8-10y for a crossbite. He just wears his retainers at night now.
But, his ortho is talking about 'phase 2.' I said I won't even think about it till he's 15yo cuz when our older son was 13y we were SURE he was going to need braces, but by 15y their straightened themselves out and he looks as if he's had braces eventho he hasn't. But, if 13ds needs braces still at 15y we will certainly look into invisalign if hte technology has improved that much. Plus, it'd be for minimal movement anyway cuz the real problem was taken care of 5y ago.
Thursday 21st of July 2011
Hey Susan, What a great post? You always have so many different topics. I have never heard of Invisalign until now. Wow!!! What a great alternative to the horrible metal braces that Kari had to wear twice: 2 yrs in middle school and 1 and half yrs in high school. She honestly could probably benefit from Invisalign's today. Her front teeth have bucked-out forward again. I will be sure to have her read this post, and see if she would be interested in checking into it. Thanks again Susan for another interesting subject matter. You never bore me.