Invisalign for Teens - Happy Healthy Hip Parenting

Invisalign for Teens

This was a sponsored post from Invisalign. My assignment was to write honestly about our personal experience with orthodontic care.

My first son started teething before I even knew what signs to look for. At only three months old, his first two teeth appeared and suddenly he discovered a whole new way to get my attention while nursing.

Fast forward several years to when his teeth started falling out prematurely. Those are the dentist’s words, not mine. He’s lost many of his baby teeth already and, at age seven, we’re already beginning to see how devastating this is going to be on our pocketbooks since some sort of orthodontic care is in his (and our) future.

Shift Happens

His first orthodontic consult went pretty quickly. Basically, it’s too early to do anything so we’ll just have to wait and see what happens when his last few baby teeth fall out.

Six months from now he’ll be back in the orthodontist’s office when she will reevaluate his teeth to see what progress has been made  – if any.

With every adult tooth that’s come in, his teeth have shifted in a major way. The bottom teeth have shifted to one side, the top teeth have shifted to the other.

Just thinking about all of this brings me back to junior high and remembering how I would dread each and every visit to the orthodontist and having to get my braces tightened and how the sharp metal would cut the inside of my lips and not being able to eat certain foods. Pure torture.

So much has changed since then so I know that when the time comes, we’ll have many different options to choose from in getting my son’s teeth back in alignment.

Invisalign is one option I was introduced to recently so I made sure to ask about how we might be able to incorporate this into his dental care when he gets older.

 

What I’ve learned so far:

  • Invisalign can effectively treat many of the same conditions that used to only require metal braces (underbites, overbites, crossbites, etc.)
  • Invisalign works the same way metal braces do which is moving teeth by applying pressure over time
  • Invisalign is not only great for adults with whom metal is not an option, but Invisalign now has a product specifically developed for teen patients
  • It gives teens a great smile—Invisalign Teen helps your teen feel confident in their smile and themselves.
  • It fits busy lives—the aligners are comfortable and durable, so it’s easy for teens to continue their favorite activities such as playing sports and musical instruments that can be challenging or uncomfortable with traditional metal braces.

    Metal braces (left) - Invisalign (right)
  • It’s clear—no metal braces so treatment is inconspicuous, making it easier for teens to “fit in” rather than call attention to their treatment.
  • It’s removable—teens take the aligners out to brush and floss so they can maintain normal, healthy hygiene during treatment and they can eat what they want.
  • It’s more comfortable than traditional braces—Invisalign Teen aligners are made of lightweight plastic that is custom-fitted to each patient’s teeth.
  • Unlike braces, there are no wires or uncomfortable metal brackets poking or tearing their mouths or gums.

Oh, how I wish Invisalign was an option when I was a teen.

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