Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post. However, all thoughts and opinions are my own.
Have a teen or pre teen in need of braces? Not sure if Invisalign will work for your teen or pre teen? I suggest doing some research before heading to the dentist or orthodontist. A few years ago we thought my daughter may have needed braces but we were pleased to find out she didn’t. Now that my son is approaching ten it is time for us to look into it again. He as expressed interest as he has a gap in his front teeth, but he has also said he is worried about braces. These are all pretty normal thoughts of a kid who is seeing his friends start to get into braces.
I was happy to be able to attend an Invisalign event to get more information and ask some of the questions that I know we will have going into this process. I will share with you a little bit of those details, and add some links to websites where you can get more information and find a local provider.
Oh course he is adorable and I think the gap in his teeth is just too cute, but he wants them straight, and I get that. Actually while we were seeing slides of teeth that had been straightened by Invisalign, both Teens and Adults, I started thinking about my own needs. My top teeth have always been straight, but overcrowding has been slowly pushing them forward and my bottom teeth are a HOT MESS! So as I head on this journey for my son, I may just end up going along with him and hopefully Invisalign.
Our first concern was cost, we have heard Invisalign is “too expensive” by a few Mom’s. However after researching we found that the cost of Invisalign is usually comparable to the cost of traditional braces and that many dental insurance plans cover Invisalign just as they would braces. We also found that most dental offices offer a wide variety of payment plans in the event insurance did not cover, which all seemed affordable for us. They also have a cool COST CALCULATOR that is worth checking out.
Our second concern was sports, and really after talking it over with my son, other parents and hearing that we could either get a mouth guard made to fit, or he could take his Invisalign out for the duration of practice and the game, as long as he meets the 21 hours recommended, it seems like a simple enough option.
After the Invisalign Event, I sat down with my son and we had a chat about Invisalign vs. traditional braces. He said “All my friends with braces hate them, if I have to get them I would rather leave it alone” at this point I figured it was a great time to emphasize with him that if we did get Invisalign he would keep them in the recommended time, listen to the Doctor and not lose them. He agreed and I think being a part of this decision helped him understand it will be a responsibility test for him. And even though Invisalign Teen offers up to six free replacement aligners, I would be willing to bet we do not need them. I also found out I need to get on this quick, he is about to be ten and The American Association of Orthodontics recommends taking children for their first orthodontic check up no later than age seven. I always thought it was when they were a teen. Ooops!! Guess we are all taking a trip!
Not all Orthodontists specialize in Invisalign Teen; To find a Doctor Near you who does, use the DOCTOR LOCATOR. You may also want to see which Orthodontists use the iTero Digital Scanner. Which is a cool new way to fit for Invisalign creating a 3D image of your teeth and eliminating the need for impressions.
See this page for more details on how Invisalign works: http://bit.ly/1kBBH5q
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How do you think Invisalign Teen compares to Braces?