Friday, May 10, 2013

Braces Vs. Invisalign - The Battle Begins

Three weeks ago, my 12-year-old son entered the orthodontist's office with sparkly white teeth and left with....brace yourself!....
(Can you see his brace-filled smile in this picture I took of him fixing his sister's bike?  He's been pretty camera shy since he got his braces but can you spot that amazing smile?!)

We were hoping that he would qualify for Invisalign, the new alternative to braces - Invisalign Teen makes it available to pre-teens and teens - but because of overcrowding and overbite issues, we had to go with traditional, metal braces. My nephew, a.k.a. my son's twin cousin (since they were born just three days apart), qualifies for Invisalign, and will be starting treatment in a few months. So when the SITSgirls and Invisalign invited me to an event that included a Straight Talk about Crooked Teeth presentation last week, I was happy to attend; I've got crooked teeth on my mind.

·       While metal braces today are more sophisticated than ever - no more head and neck gears, thank GOD! - removable aligners, like Invisalign and Invisalign Teen, are becoming a popular choice. The Invisalign system uses a series of clear aligners made of lightweight plastic that sit smoothly on the teeth. Perhaps best of all, because the aligners can be removed, kids can eat, brush and floss as they would normally. This is one of the main reasons we were hoping for Invisalign. Instead, I have become the teeth cleaning police as I don't want to see these results when my son's braces are eventually removed. The cost of Invisalign is roughly about the same as traditional braces, the system usually requires fewer office visits and shorter appointments (thanks to new digital imaging technology) and no "emergency" visits for broken wires or brackets. To summarize, my son is trudging his way through metal braces, but boy-oh-boy do I wish he would have qualified for Invisalign. My nephew should have an easier road ahead of him when it comes to working towards that perfect smile. 
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Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. However, all thoughts and opinions are my own.


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  2. Invisalign offers the same effective technology that the standard Invisalign system does, straightening teeth with a series of virtually invisible aligners with additional features that compensate for treatment challenges.