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Invisalign Technology – Perfect For You Or Your Teen

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For many young people getting braces is a rite of passage. Tiny rubber bands and headgear appliances are well-known and often joked-about accessories in homes with teenagers. Self-conscious adolescents mark their calendars and count the days until they can have the metal bands and brackets removed. For several years, adults have had the option of using removable, clear trays to help straighten their teeth and correct bite problems. Invisalign has revolutionized the orthodontic industry with this technology. The great news for picky teenagers and their parents is that this modern alternative is now available in Invisalign Teen, a product specifically developed to treat younger patients who were traditionally limited to metal braces.

I’m way past my teens, however, last year at one of my routine dental checkups, my dentist asked if I was bothered about my bottom teeth. You see, when I was a little girl, my parents were advised that because of overcrowding, I needed braces. At the time, my parents could not afford the cost of braces, and that was that. I never got braces, and my bottom teeth stayed crooked. Although I’ve been bothered by it, I learned to live with my crooked teeth.

My dentist advised me that he could fix my teeth with the help of some new fixedTrio_1cutting edge technology called Invisalign. He explained that the Invisalign system works by custom fitting a series of plastic aligners that gradually shift the teeth into proper alignment. Individual molds are taken and used to form the smooth and nearly invisible trays. The patient simply places the trays over the teeth and wears them all day and night except for eating and brushing.

Each set of aligners is worn for about two weeks before being replaced with the next set. The total length of treatment varies depending on the amount of correction necessary, but it is comparable to the amount of time needed for metal braces. My dentist told me that if I opted to go that route, I would probably have to wear the aligners for approximately 7 months.

I also got to see them at work first hand as one of the hygienists working at my dentist’s office was undergoing the treatment. I got to see a close-up of her trays!

I definitely wanted to try them, but my insurance provider does not provide coverage for adult orthodontic treatments, and I could not afford the out of pocket costs associated with this treatment, so I still have my crooked teeth and am trying to save up the money with the hopes that one day I will be able to afford undergoing this treatment.

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The most obvious benefit of this option is eliminating a mouthful of metal. For me, looks are the main motivation, but there are other benefits as well. The removable trays make eating, brushing and flossing much easier. The removability is especially helpful to teens involved in contact sports – no more trying to fit a mouth guard over a full set of metal braces. There is also less risk of developing sore spots from rubbing with a smooth tray compared to metal appliances. Appointments are generally quicker since individual bands are more time consuming to fit and cement, and appointments are set less frequently.

Box 1The teen version of this system includes a blue dot that fades with use and lets the patient know when it is time to switch to the next set of trays. Losing or misplacing aligners can be a problem for easily distracted teenagers. Invisalign Teen offers up to six free replacement aligners, which is a major plus for parents making the investment. Parents should check with the providers regarding replacement policies and fees to be sure that this is included in their contract.

Although Invisalign will work for many people, there are some more severe cases that will respond better to traditional braces. It is important to remember that any treatment plan should be created with a licensed orthodontic professional. Bite correction involves more than cosmetic changes; it can alleviate long-term jaw pain and insure a healthy smile for a lifetime. Each person is unique, and individualized care is necessary to develop the best possible course of treatment. Thanks to modern orthodontic technology, there are several options available for teens and their parents.

Invisalign Teen is a terrific choice for many young patients looking for a dazzling smile without the metal hardware their parents were required to wear.


Disclosure:  This is a Sponsored Post written by me on behalf of Invisalign and Invisalign Teen. All opinions are 100% mine.

 

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Diane Nassy

Diane is a New Jersey-based writer and blogger. She is a wife and the mom of a 9-year-old little boy. Through her blog, she wants to inspire moms to find Zen in their lives while offering practical tips and other valuable information to help families deal with everyday issues. Check out Diane's Google+ profile "

1 Comment

  • My daughter use Invisalign and she’s very satisfied. She can clean it anytime and eats whatever she wants.