Braces Then, Invisalign Now ~ Getting informed

We are sure that at least two of the kids will need braces, or should I say teeth alignment, so getting invited to an Invisalign event was exciting for me, since I have not been a part of the Orthodontics process since my little sisters had braces many, many years ago. I received really great information.

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Braces Then, Invisalign Now ~ Getting informed
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I did not have braces but two of my sisters did. One of their experiences was particularly traumatic and since I was directly involved in helping her get the issues straightened out, I have not looked forward to the day when my kids may need to go to an orthodontist. Each time my daughter brought it up I would cringe and hope the day we would need to get serious about it was far off in the future, but that day has finally come. I was excited to be invited to an Invisalign event in my area and what made it more enticing for me was the 80’s theme! Those were my years, and the years I remember vividly those poor girls with the large metal brackets and head gear. I wanted straighter teeth but seeing what they went through, for me it was personally not worth it. Call me vein, but I am sure I was like any normal teenager that already had their fair share of insecurities.

The night of the event I still was going in having no idea what Invisalign was or how it worked, other than seeing the commercials and an occasional mail flyer. My daughter has been asking for Invisalign by name and she had about as much knowledge on the subject as I did. When I walked in the first thing I noticed was what a wonderful host we had. Sara did a great job with the 80’s theme and all the outstanding snacks and drinks. I wore just a tad of neon and found a few bangles to try and participate. All the ladies in attendance were nice and the Orthodontist, Dr. Shipley from Peoria, AZ, was also very nice and immediately put me at ease. We all chatted, snacked, snapped some pictures and watched a little Pretty In Pink and then went over for the presentation.

It started with the information that I knew, that Invisalign is a lightweight, plastic removable aligner that provides a comfortable fit and clear look; And then hit me with information I did not know, that is as effective as effectively as traditional braces. I had hoped this was true, but really was unsure. He also explained Invisalign Teen, which makes Invisalign available to teens and pre-teens. In thinking about braces one concern I had was the marks that I have seen left when even the most diligent of teen tries to keep them clean. Well it makes sense that with Invisalign since they can be removed for cleaning, that would not be an issue. I was surprised to hear that they are less susceptible to breakage, require less in total office visits and no emergency visits for breakage on wires and brackets. They can be worn during sports,which was good to hear since all my kids participate in sports. Through technology advancements now a digital image is taken for dental impressions rather than the old goopy molds. They can create a teeth straightening plan for Invisalign with precise 3D imagery and the use of an iTero wand. Which all seemed pretty high tech to me! Dr. Shipley brought samples of the actual aligners, and it was nice to hold them and to see not only how durable they are but that they would be nearly invisible. In the back of the Invisalign Teen there was a little blue dot which had a really cool function, it is so the Orthodontist knows if your teen has been wearing them. Great news for those of us who want to make sure we are getting the most out of this treatment.

Then came the part I was waiting for, the price…..being a “frugal” mom, and while I care about all of the above if the cost was out of our price range, that would just be the end of that. I was happy to find out that the cost of Invisalign Teen is pretty much in line with traditional braces. Due to not having as many visits and emergency calls, it all balances out. I know first hand how breakage and emergency visits can cause the overall price to soar. Since every case could be slightly different depending on treatment needs, insurance, etc. visit the Invisalign Website to view their cost calculator.

The next thought I had was about finding an orthodontist, and Dr. Shipley had a good point about that. Once one is selected you and your child are going to spend a significant amount of time with each other. Along with looking for one with certification, skill and education, it would seem equally important to find one you like. It is important to note that not all Dentists and Orthodontist are certified Invisalign providers. The best way to find a certified provider is to visit the Invisalign Doctor Locator.

My final thoughts are that I think Invisalign would be a good fit for our kids, I would like to take them in to see Dr. Shipley to get an assessment, he seemed like a really cool doctor who is passionate about his work and doing what is right for the kids. I am also happy to know that Invisalign is an option we can consider which would eliminate the possibility of my kids having any of the issues my sister had back in the day.

Have you had braces or Invisalign? I would love to hear your experiences And if you had braces back in the day and this options would have been available what would you have chosen?

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

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