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I am one of three children in my family. When it comes to straight teeth, I was the lucky one who didn’t need braces. My older sister and younger brother both had incredibly crooked teeth and what we always referred to as fangs. My sister wore traditional metal braces in high school. I remember how much she hated them. They limited what she could eat, she always got food stuck in them, they scratched her lips and gums, and they didn’t look very attractive either. My brother didn’t get his braces until a few years ago when he was already in his twenties. I know both of them were incredibly self conscious of how they looked in braces.
I am certain both my sister and brother wish they would have had the opportunity to have Invisalign , the new alternative to braces, versus the wire braces they were both stuck with.
Among the new advances in orthodontia, removable aligners, like Invisalign & Invisalign Teen, are fast becoming a popular choice. The Invisalign system uses a series of clear aligners made of lightweight plastic that sit smoothly on the teeth allowing for a more comfortable fit and in most cases, they work as effectively as traditional metal braces.
There is no doubt in my mind that at least two of my four children will require braces. My husbands family has a history of a giant gap between their two front teeth and genetically missing teeth that never grow in. My oldest Danica and my two year old Keegan both have these characteristics already. Children regularly ask Danica about the gap between her front teeth and ask her if she is missing a tooth there. At six years old I know she is already incredibly self conscious about it. We joke regularly about saving our money for braces. Thankfully we will be able to look into Invisalign Teen for our children, hopefully saving us some money, time and embarrassment for our children.
Because aligners can be removed, kids can eat, brush and floss as they would normally. Teens can smile with confidence while straightening their teeth since this treatment, unlike traditional metal braces, is virtually invisible. Although the cost is roughly about the same as traditional braces, the system usually requires fewer office visits, shorter appointments and no “emergency” visits for broken wires or brackets. Metal wires and brackets can cause irritation or even accident-related injuries, especially for teens involved in sports.
I know one of my very good friends used Invisalign a couple of years ago and she was extremely pleased with them. As an adult working as a professional as well as being single and dating, she was extremely self conscious about her crooked teeth and didn’t want the ugly traditional metal braces. She used Invisalign and was thrilled with the results. Her teeth are straight now and nobody every knew she was wearing the braces.
BENEFITS OF STRAIGHT TEETH
- Straight teeth help an individual to effectively bite, chew and speak. Straight teeth contributes to healthy teeth and gums. Properly aligned teeth and jaws may alleviate or prevent physical health problems. Teeth that work better also tend to look better. An attractive smile is a pleasant “side effect” of orthodontic treatment. *
- An attractive smile is a wonderful asset. It contributes to self-esteem, self confidence and self-image—important qualities at every age. A pleasing appearance is a vital component of self-confidence.
- A person’s self-esteem often improves as orthodontic treatment brings teeth, lips and face into proportion. In this way, orthodontic treatment can benefit social and career success, as well as improve a person’s general attitude toward life.*
- There are psychological aspects that are also important. It has been clinically proven that a beautiful smile leads to higher self-esteem. Confidence generates success. People with beautiful smiles have a lot to be happy about.*
* According to the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO)
As with any medical procedure, consider getting a second opinion if you are told you or your child is not a candidate for Invisalign. Not all dentists and orthodontists are certified Invisalign providers, the best way to find an Invisalign provider is to visit the Invisalign Doctor Locator.
Have you or someone you’ve known used Invisalign? And if so, what was their experience?
Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post. However, all thoughts and opinions are my own.