Invisalign Teen – Learning for the Future

This is a sponsored post offered through Invisalign and SITS girls.  Information provided by Invisalign, but all opinions are mine and not influenced by either company.

Aubrey is 18 months old. But what I’ve learned in that time is that 18 months passes quickly.  Soon that will become 3 years, 5 years, and eventually she’ll be a teenager.  What concerns lie ahead in the future, we can’t exactly know.  But I like to think of myself as a researcher, and I like to be proactive with learning new things.  I recently had the opportunity to hear from teens that used the Invisalign Teen program to straighten their teeth as an alternative to the traditional metal braces.  My teeth have always been straight enough to not require the use of braces, but my sister was not as fortunate.  I remember her having them on, getting adjustments, and while I was jealous of the awesome colored bands she’d pick out, I know she was not thrilled about them.

I also asked some of my friends what food they missed most while wearing traditional braces in high school.  I figured, Invisalign Teen would have prevented the avoidance.  The common answers on Twitter & Facebook were corn on the cob, apples, caramel candy, and ribs.  Sure, steps were taken to enjoy the food, but they weren’t eaten in the way you’d normally have them as a kid.  It resembles more how I feed Aubrey now – tiny bites.

 

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Invisalign Teen came out about 10 years after the initial line of Invisalign for adults, in 2009.  It uses the same basic concept as Invisalign with clear aligners that are created with a 3D computer imaging technology based on their impressions. Side note – most of the impressions are done with digital scanners instead of the old goop and trays.  The DDS we heard from said this is one of the most exciting parts for teens to encounter.  A 3D image of their mouth? Pretty awesome.  There’s still some offices that use the traditional impression method so make sure you ask your orthodontist office which they have available! The clear aligners are worn for 2 weeks at a time and all include a Compliance Indicator that fades from blue to clear as they are worn.  The aligners are also laser inscribed and can also include bands by the back molars should that be necessary.Invisalign Teen - Learning for the Future - MelissaDell.com - Aligners

The teens spoke about their favorite part of Invisalign Teen – the opportunity to take them out.  This wasn’t meant as a means to avoid wearing their Invisalign – but more-so to maintain proper hygiene with brushing and flossing.  One explained that she would brush after every meal because putting these back after a meal would feel gross and uncomfortable.  One thing I always remembered after each friend in high school had their braces removed was the need for a good cleaning, as well as brightening for marks where the tooth had been covered by the braces.  This would potentially avoid that problem!

Invisalign Teen costs around the same as traditional braces and are also covered by most insurances, and also offer payment options.  Not every teen would benefit from Invisalign – but their Orthodontist can help with that assessment.  And if you want to learn more about how Invisalign Teen works, check out their website! Start by taking the Invisalign Smile Assessment – I did. And heck even I want to use the Invisalign system! I could use some straighter teeth.

You can also check out Invisalign on Twitter & Facebook!

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Have you used Invisalign or know someone who has? Did you enjoy some of the benefits listed here? Leave a comment and let me know!

 

This is a sponsored post offered through Invisalign and SITS girls.  Information provided by Invisalign, but all opinions are mine and not influenced by either company.

 

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