17 May 2013

Invisalign: The future of straight teeth

I have confession to make.

I never had braces as a kid or teenager. Ever since my baby teeth fell out and my adult ones came in, I've been blessed with straight teeth. But I'm honestly a very rare case.

My older sister, however, had the whole get up - braces, head gear and then a retainer. And I was not nice to her about it. I think I probably called her every mean name I could think of.
"Brace Face", "Metal Mouth", "Foil Face"...etc. Yah, I wasn't nice. But I mean, I was only 10 years old so gimme a break ;-)

It wasn't just my sister, though. Almost everyone I knew growing up had braces, it was kind of the "norm" I think. Most all of my friends had braces, I remember that specifically because of the things they couldn't eat while they had them. Things like gum, caramel, popcorn, really gummy or chewy candies, or even really hard candies. Truthfully, I was always very thankful I never had to get braces. I mean, wearing clunky metal brackets on my teeth did not sound appealing whatsoever.

As a Mother now, I always hoped I'd pass on my good teeth genes to my boys, because I didn't want them to have to deal with the discomfort of metal braces. But here's a secret! Even if they end up needing to get their teeth straightened, I've just recently been introduced to an amazing alternative to metal braces.

I attended a PNW Blogger event, where we got to learn all about Invisalign and how it works!

Thank you to the lovely Mama Kat for organizing this event!

So what is Invisalign?

It's a sophisticated, clear alternative to metal braces for Adults, Teens and even Pre-teens. These are removable aligners, that use a series of clear aligners made from a lightweight plastic that sit smoothly on the teeth allowing for a more comfortable fit. And the best part is that they are just as effective as the traditional metal braces.

Though the cost is roughly the same as metal braces, the benefits far surpass using the metal stuff. The Invisalign system requires less frequent office visits, shorter appointments, no emergency visits for broken wires or brackets, and don't cause irritation. Not to mention, those that are active in sports, won't need to worry about accidental injuries or cuts that the metal brackets can cause. And because these aligners can be removed, people can eat, brush, and floss their teeth as they would normally.

And the best part about Invisalign? You can smile confidently. They are virtually invisible! That totally sells it for me.

So whether you have an underbite, overbite, or crooked teeth, you could be a candidate for Invisalign. Take the smile assessment to find out if Invisalign is right for you. What has your experience  been with braces? Have you or anyone you know used Invisalign to straighten your teeth?

Me and Chelsea showing off our 80's style, and telling you what makes us smile!
Out with the old metal braces, in with the new clear aligners!
Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post with the SITS girls on behalf of Invisalign. All opinions are my own.
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Kiara Buechler said...

I didn't get my braces until I was in college, it sucked! I already looked young, add braces to the mix and people thought I was 14. We will definitely go the Invisalign route if D and Q need braces.

Jodi said...

Do you think Invisalign will give me the product for free if I blog about my experience??? I would LOVE these but totally can't fit it in my budget. I had braces from 8th grade until 11th grade. My dentist was a weirdo. I never had to wear a retainer after and now my teeth are a bit crocked - one mainly on the bottom and a couple up top. Braces were the worst and I can't believe I wore them for so long and still have teeth out of place. Ugh!

You are very lucky that you didn't need them - 2 of my brothers didn't either. Pretty cool to have great teeth w/o braces.

Ruthy Taylor said...

i've been wearing invisalign for almost 2 years! I'll be done in about 2 months!!

Erika Lee @ A Tiny Rocket said...

I had braces for 3 long years as a kid but if I were to have to do all over again as an adult I would do Invisalign.

Jordan said...

I had braces when I was a kid but was horrible at wearing my retainers. Therefore, my bottom teeth have shifted immensely. Invisalign is on my 25 by 25 List!

Sarah [NurseLovesFarmer.com] said...

I wish this was around when I was a teen and had braces. My kids are destined to have braces. Jay and I wore them for 5 years combined!

Michelle said...

I had invisalign when I was 24 and regular braces at 12. Invisalign was great!

Amber said...

I need invisalign. Just so pricey!!!

Mama Kat said...

That last picture is so perfect. I'm glad you came to the dinner. Quite the memorable experience. :) It kind of made me want to do Invisalign just for fun.

Lauren @ One Sweet Fairytale said...

i had invisalign and they were so much better!!

Sloan Johnson said...

I had invisalign and they were amazing! I always forgot them at restaurants though

Tara said...

Your photographs and blog are so beautiful - I love reading all the cool experiences you have!