Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Braces Then, Invisalign Now

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

Oof, those braces years were tough.  I first got them in sixth grade.  Having braces on my teeth just served to accentuate the Coke-bottle glasses and curly permed hair.  Alas, I'd show you a picture (I put in a request to my Mom to scan me a picture) but I don't have one (yet).  It's pretty frightening.

*updated*  Here you go!  Witness the glasses/braces/perm trifecta...

I clearly remember leaving school to faithfully head to my orthodontist appointments.  Where they would tighten those metal wires, and ask me if I was wearing my headgear faithfully.  (I wasn't.  Because it made me drool in my sleep.)  After each appointment, I would insist that my Mom stop at McDonald's so I could eat, because I knew that my mouth would be tender and sore the whole next day.

One time, while on a family vacation, I chowed down on a bag of gummy bears.  Which caused a wire bracket to fall off my tooth.  But we were on vacation.  So I was sporting my crop top "Ocean City '86" and looking really hawt for the rest of that trip.

I finally got my braces off in the 8th grade.  Coincidentally, I also got contact lenses that year.  And said goodbye to the perms.  (But not the AquaNet or the SunIn, apparently...)

And then.  AND THEN.  At the ripe old age of 19, as a sophomore in college, my wisdom teeth caused everything to shift (or something like that) and I had to get braces AGAIN.  For a full year.  In college.  All while trying to pass for a 21-year old with my fake ID!

Orthodontia is completely different these days.  Heck, I already have an 8-year old in pre-orthodontia.  (What the what???)

(Clearly he inherited my orthodontic woes.)

Today’s braces are more sophisticated than ever. Gone are the days of “wrap around” metal brackets, bonded brackets and big clunky head and neck gears. (ROCK ON!)  As technology enhances our daily lives, it also continues to advance the science of orthodontics.

Among the new advances in orthodontia, removable aligners, like Invisalign & Invisalign Teen, are fast becoming a popular choice. The system uses a series of clear aligners made of lightweight plastic that sit smoothly on the teeth allowing for a more comfortable fit and they work as effectively as traditional metal braces.  Because the aligners can be removed, kids can eat, brush and floss as they would normally.

When compared to metal (or even ceramic wire & bracket) braces, the clear aligner option has many benefits. Although the cost is roughly about the same as traditional braces, the system usually requires fewer office visits, shorter appointments and no “emergency” visits for broken wires or brackets. Metal wires and brackets can cause irritation or even accident-­‐ related injuries, especially for teens involved in sports.

Braces are a rite of passage for many kids, and thanks to 21st century technology such as Invisalign Teen, patients can watch their winning smile evolve instead of waiting to see the final result when the traditional metal brackets come off. Invisalign patients can start to see improvements and progress in as little as 90 days!

There are more than 2 million Invisalign cases in treatment or completed worldwide. From very simple to very challenging, Invisalign offers a full spectrum of clear straightening treatments for most types of orthodontic issues. Take the Invisalign Smile Assessment to find out if Invisalign is right for you or your child.

Eldest is now 11-1/2 and has lost all his baby teeth.  According to our family dentist, he is a prime candidate for cosmetic orthodontia to correct his overbite.  Invisalign will certainly be our choice!

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