This post was sponsored by the folks at Invisalign, but all opinions and genuine interest are my own! (I’m saving my pennies to get them for myself!)
I went to the Blogher blogging conference this summer, and I had the chance to speak with several great companies. One of them, Invisalign, hosted a daytime cocktail party and invited a local-to-California orthodontist to come speak about what Invisalign had to offer as an alternative to traditional metal braces, not just for adults, but pre-teens and teens as well.
Most of us have heard of the clear plastic teeth-straightening devices, but I didn’t, and maybe you don’t, know the specifics of how they work, why they work, and who makes great candidates for the system. In fact, I learned how and why Invisalign for teens is an effective, popular option.
A lot of moms at the party were concerned about the fact that, like a retainer, you remove the nearly-invisable plastic Invisalign aligners when you eat (it’s recommended that you where them 21 hours every day). They weren’t sure if their tweens and teens would be responsible enough to not lose them.
But, the orthodontist had a couple of good points: one is that you change sets every two weeks, so if you lose one close to that two week mark, you’re probably fine to go ahead and start using the next set. Two, when you get the sets from your orthodontist, you get extras…six free replacement aligners.
And you get several sets at a time, so every two weeks, you change to the next set without having to go back to the orthodontist for an adjustment. The moms that were at the party whose kids had been wearing Invisalign said that they didn’t have any trouble with their teens losing or forgetting to wear the aligners, however. And I believe it…my 7 and 8 year olds recently got glasses, and they been good already about remembering to wear them. I think that when kids know how important something is, they really step up to the plate, given the chance. And they learn to be more responsible in the process.
Not every orthodontist recommends or uses Invisalign regularly, but you can get online and find one close to you that does if you’re interested in a consultation or learning more.
Here are some myths about Invisalign and the truth behind them:
Myth: I won’t be able to tell if my child is wearing Invisalign often enough for it to be effective.
Setting it Straight: Invisalign Teen aligners are made with small blue dots, officially called compliance indicators, that gradually fade as aligners are worn. It’s a quick visual check for parents and teens to confirm they wearing aligners long enough to get results. In fact, clinical data from orthodontists confirms that teens wear their aligners an average of 21 hours per day, just as recommended.
Myth: If my child loses their aligners, it’s going to cost me an arm and a leg to replace.
Setting it Straight: We know kids lose things, even their aligners! That’s why you get up to six FREE replacement aligners with Invisalign Teen.
Myth: After Invisalign Teen, my child’s teeth may revert back to their original position.
Setting it Straight: Studies show that without retainers straight teeth can gradually shift back towards their initial position. This is a common occurrence with all orthodontic treatment including braces, but is one that can easily be overcome. Ask your doctor. about Vivera retainers from the makers of Invisalign.
Myth: I don’t need to take my child to see an orthodontist until they are a teenager.
Setting it Straight: The American Association of Orthodontics recommends taking children for their first orthodontic check-up no later than age 7. The American Dental Association says this is because, “Your child’s dentist can spot problems with emerging teeth and jaw growth early on, while the primary teeth are present.”
Myth: Invisalign takes longer to complete than braces.
Setting it Straight: The length of Invisalign treatment is comparable to braces. The average Invisalign journey averages about 12 months for adults. The length of treatment time for teens may vary depending on the severity of the case and can only be determined by a doctor.
Myth: If my child’s dentist or orthodontist recommends braces over Invisalign, I should trust their opinion.
Not all orthodontists specialize in Invisalign Teen. Visit www.invisalign.com and select “find a doctor” to locate experienced Invisalign and Invisalign Teen doctors in your area. If you are told your teen is not an Invisalign candidate, it may be worth getting a second opinion from more than one orthodontist. Doing so may help ensure that you have all the information you need to make an educated decision.
Myth: Braces work better than Invisalign.
Setting it Straight: Invisalign Teen was developed with leading orthodontists to correct the most common teeth straightening issues – from severe cases to more minor, cosmetic adjustments. Invisalign Teen’s clear aligners are removable and can straighten teeth without a mouth full of metal and all the disruption and sacrifice that comes with it. With Invisalign, teens look better and feel more confident than they ever could in traditional braces.
Myth: We can’t afford Invisalign.
Setting it Straight: Invisalign Teen is covered by many dental insurance policies just like traditional braces — up to 50% of the cost may be covered by insurance. Even if dental insurance doesn’t apply, many doctors will help parents find options to make straightening their child’s teeth more affordable. Many offer flexible and affordable monthly finance plans that can be as low as $99 per month.
Invisalign Teen clear aligners straighten teeth without traditional wires and brackets giving teens the confidence to live life to the fullest while improving their smile. Visit the Invisalign website for more information.
And check out the Infographic here!
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Have your kids had an orthodontic consultation yet? Have you ever considered Invisalign for them (or yourself)?