A few weeks ago I co-hosted a “Smile Cocktail Party” for Invisalign with my friend and fellow blogger Nadia Carriere from Child Mode. It was a fun night of smiles, seeing friends and learning a bit more about Invisalign. Our Invisalign Straight Talk event also had a doctor on hand to give us the scoop on how Invisalign works, how much Invisalign really costs and who exactly Invisalign is right for. He also set the record straight on the myths of getting the Invisalign treatment.
My Altered Smile
I was fortunate to not have to have braces when I was young, however I was always told my teeth were crowded and very close together. Which also resulted in cavities, because tighter teeth means tougher to get clean in between. Fast forward to present day and well, my teeth have moved and all that crowding has now made my one front tooth over lap the other. Not so cute. This has totally affected my smile and how I pose for pictures. I delete any pictures that is up close and you can see my tooth overlapping. It may seem like a very small thing to some, but when something makes you so uncomfortable and makes you self conscious it can affect you and weigh heavily on your mind. Especially when you know that thee is a possible solution to the problem.
I have been considering Invisalign for over a year now and there were some many things that I assumed about the process that were so wrong and I realized I was just really mis-informed.
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: 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.
Myth: Invisalign treatment will disrupt our lives.
Setting it Straight: With Invisalign, Teens can play sports without fear of injury and continue cheerleading, musical instruments, acting and singing with little to no interference. And because its removable, brushing and flossing is easy and no food restrictions to worry about either. Invisalign is much less disruptive for busy moms and dads too. Invisalign Teen eliminates emergency ortho visits for broken wires and brackets and requires fewer appointments since several aligner sets are provided in advance.
Many of the Moms at the party have children about to reach the age where they need to be getting braces and so the were very engaged with learning more and asking so many question about Invisalign Teen, which was great because I have been told both of my kiddos will need braces too, and I certainly don’t want them to feel bad about their smile like I now do.
If you are interested Invisalign you can take the Smile Assessment and find a doctor in your area with their easy Find a Doc locator. Invisalign is also giving away a FREE treatment! Hurry up and enter, it ends August 30th 2014.
Disclosure: I am working with Invisalign on a variety of social media campaigns and real life events. However, my overlapped tooth is very REAL and all my savvy thoughts and sassy opinions are my own.
Usually, Invisalign is really a safer choice for obtaining perfect straight teeth in a short time. Because, these Invisalign aligners never show pain or irritation of your mouth like traditional metal braces and can be easily removed for the purpose of brushing and flossing.
I had the same issues with smiling for the camera. My teeth also have moved over the years so my crossbite was more noticeable. I didn’t think I would be a recipient because of it but 12 months later and I only have two more trays left. The investment was SO worth it! Aside from the first couple weeks getting used to speaking with them it was a breeze!
My teeth have really been bothering me lately. I’m not sure if they have gotten worse over time or I just never noticed my “fangs” were as bad as they are. I think flossing more has brought it to my attention. I would love to win and help keep me smiling for years to come!