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From in Your Face to Invisible: Taking a Look at Invisalign

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

Crooked teeth and a hereditary gap. In my family, these had been passed down for more generations than could be counted. They had to be corrected. In my case, an uncomfortable wire wrapped around the top row of teeth was the “correction,” and it made speech difficult. I can still remember the drool that dripped every time even a single syllable was muttered. Unfortunately, when I was in the third grade, my only option for straightening my teeth or closing gaps were metal wiring that cut at my gums, a rather uncomfortable option. This seems to have been the case for many people I know. Thankfully, today, there are more options out there to help correct teeth-related problems. Most notably, one such option I learned more about recently seems rather amazing. This product is Invisalign.Invisalign LogoA couple of weeks ago, I had the opportunity to attend the SITS Girls Mini Bloggy Boot Camp in Philadelphia. The event was sponsored by Invisalign, which I had heard about before but never looked into. Whenever I think of going to the dentist to correct anything with my teeth, my mind automatically goes back to when I was in the third grade wearing the uncomfortable metal retainer. I should be thankful that I never had to wear braces because, if I remember correctly, they were less attractive of an option than retainers. Even today, after they’ve been changed significantly, from what I’ve been told, braces are often described as uncomfortable and can be difficult to live with—especially when it comes to eating.

The Invisalign product is different. It’s also known as clear braces. And, like braces, Invisalign is used to straighten teeth, but unlike traditional braces, the application,Invisalign Braces or “aligners”, is removable. Best of all, though, is the total lack of metal or wires used in treatment! The product can be used for treating both teens and adults and it can treat most types of teeth straightening issues. Also, because Invisalign is removable, it makes it easier to eat and maintain healthy dental brushing habits. This all sounds like a good deal to me—especially if you’re a teenager or an adult who may not feel comfortable with people knowing you have braces.

Now that you know more about what Invisalign in, I’m sure you’re wondering about the costs and benefits. When I first heard about Invisalign, I expected that it would be more costly than braces because, well, typically higher quality equates to higher price. However, in most cases, invisible braces cost is comparable to the cost of traditional braces and, furthermore, is covered by most dental insurance plans. Personally, this came as a shock to me. A happy shock, but a shock nonetheless.

To say the least, I have some low self-esteem issues and I’m sure there are others out there that feel the same. Metal braces are not bad, per se, but I like the idea of getting my teeth straightened without people being able to tell. For me, Invisalign would be a better option if I were ever to go back to the dentist to get the remainder of the gap between my two front teeth removed. That’s right, despite having a retainer at a younger age; I still have that hereditary gap. Chances are, if I had the option of using Invisalign as a child, that gap would have been long gone.

Invisalign Before and AfterTo me, Invisalign appears to be a fantastic product for both teens and adults. In most cases, it costs no more than traditional metal braces. It helps to straighten your teeth, reduce overly crowded teeth and widely spread teeth, and it’s invisible, removable, and comfortable. If you are in need, I would highly recommend taking a look at Invisalign’s website and taking the invisalign smile assessment to determine if Invisalign is right for you or your child.

After your assessment, you should talk to your dentist about Invisalign. If you’re told that you or your child isn’t a candidate for Invisalign, consider getting a second opinion. Invisalign makes it easy to find a doctor with the Invisalign Doctor Locator available on their website.

Invisalign may not be for everyone, but I feel as though it’s something to certainly look into if you are looking to fix dental or orthodontic issues.

If you want to learn more about Invisalign and Invisalign Teen, make sure to stop by the Invisalign Website. You can also find Invisalign on Facebook and on Twitter (@Invisalign).

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

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Felicia is currently in pursuit of a Master’s degree in the field of Couples, Marital and Family Therapy. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with family, singing, watching television and movies, and writing. In addition, she is profoundly interested in the many aspects of family and relationships and for this reason Familial Ramblings was created.

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20 thoughts on “From in Your Face to Invisible: Taking a Look at Invisalign

  1. I’ve always wondered about Invisalign. My kiddos may need these in the future. Thanks for the info! :)

  2. I had Invisalign and they worked great for me! The only downside I would say is that it’s up to the person to follow through with wearing them. I could not wear them all day long, I couldn’t work all day with them so I would only wear them at night. They still worked, but I think maybe it took alot longer to get to where I wanted my smile to be. My dentist wasn’t too happy about it. :/
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    • That is certainly one of the downsides of Invisalign. They aren’t stuck on your teeth so you have the option of wearing them, but like you said it probably also took longer for you to get the smile you wanted. I’m glad that they still worked for you though and that you now have the smile you want!
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  3. I had braces as a kid and absolutely hated them. My youngest son needs them and I am really hoping he is a candidate for Invisalign, mainly because of sports and the food issues. I can only imagine how unhappy he will be if he has to give up popcorn!!
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    • Hi Michelle and thank you for commenting! I keep hearing horrible things about braces and I am thankful that I had to wear a retainer (though it wasn’t much better in my opinion, haha). I hope your song is a candidate for Invisalign! Don’t forget, if your first dentist doesn’t think he’s a candidate, you can get a second opinion. I have my fingers crossed for you and your son that he’s able to get Invisalign.
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  4. I had braces when I was in 7th grade through 9th grade, I didn’t like them. Invisalign was just starting to be popular then and they were actually more expensive than metal braces. I wish I could have gotten the Invisalign braces instead.

    • I only vaguely remember when Invisalign was coming out, but it doesn’t surprise me that it was more expensive when they were starting. I’m glad to know they’re prices have changed an insurance (for the most part) covers it. It’s really too bad that these weren’t created sooner because it sounds like many people could have benefited from them at a younger age.
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  5. How awesome! I really wish I had these growing up. I had traditional braces that were evil. The ends stuck into my cheeks and hurt. Finally when they came off the Orthodontist didn’t give me a retainer…so basically my teeth don’t look good now. Invisalign looks like the way to go for a nice looking smile.

    • Haha, sorry to hear you had a bad experience with your braces, Shauna. You are certainly not alone though! I’m really surprised your orthodontist didn’t give you a retainer. You can always give Invisalign a try if you’re not happy with your smile, it seems like a great product and from the pictures I’ve seen, they really can fix many problems. I wish you all the best and thank you for commenting!
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  6. I used Invisalign a few years ago, I LOVED the way it worked and how easy it was. I totally recommend this to ANYONE who is about to do braces.

  7. My sister used Invisalign as an adult and loved it! She had really great results and she’s much happier with her smile now.

    I’m not sure how Invisalign would have worked for my kids since I can’t even get them to put in their retainer.
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    • Carli, I’m glad to hear your sister had such a great experience with Invisalign! Haha, I heard kids can be a handful when it comes to this sort of thing. The one thing about Invisalign that I didn’t mention in this post (there was just so much information!) is that they do have indicators that let you know if your kids have been wearing them or not. I guess at the end of the day though, that doesn’t help to get them to actually wear them necessarily, haha.
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  8. Oh what a great idea – I remember having train tracks as a kid – and I used to hate them, I had them in this faze where everyone would have colour rubber bands on theres and all I wanted to do was just hide the fact I even had them – so I would have LOVED something like this. x
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    • I had quite a few friends in the same situation as you, Sarah. I’m happy to hear that there are more options out there for those who don’t really want to publicize that they have braces! Thank you for commenting!
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