A weird thing happens during those tween years – you start to want what your friends have. But that goes beyond toys, clothes, CDs and such…I remember wanting glasses, braces, (my period, even!) just because my friends had them. I have a very distinct memory of going to the dentist office around 11 years old and having the dentist tell my dad he thought I would need braces for my overbite.
“She’s not going to be a model. She’ll be fine.” Thanks, Dad. Nothing like a little MORE insecurity to kick off 7th grade…
And I never did get braces. That “metal mouth” coolness eluded me, and even though my friends told me I was lucky to be able to eat popcorn and not have to worry about shooting rubber bands across the lunchroom, I still felt a little left out.
But seriously, even though my teeth really are very straight, I still have that overbite. My dentist has told me that it could lead to damage since my teeth could wear down and weaken, so I’m at the point where I’m considering doing something about it. But at 39 years old, you’d better believe I’m not coveting a mouth full of metal anymore. So, when I was asked to explore Invisalign clear braces for this post, I jumped at the chance.
How does it work?
Invisalign is available for teens or adults. The total treatment time with Invisalign averages between 9 and 15 months and the average number of aligners worn during that time is 18–30 sets. Invisalign uses a series of clear, removable aligners to gradually straighten teeth, without metal or wires. Detailed impressions are taken of the teeth, then the company uses 3D computer imaging technology to map out your complete treatment from start to finish. Patients wear each aligner for about 2 weeks. During that time, teeth are slowly adjusted until they achieve the prescribed final position.
What does treatment look like for adults?
- Adult patients typically visit their doctor once every 6 weeks or so to ensure that treatment is progressing as planned, and to receive their next few sets of aligners.
- Adults are often looking to improve their smile for business or social reasons.
- Adults often feel that teeth straightening is too much trouble, too embarrassing or too disruptive, so they forego any treatment. Invisalign is an ideal solution for adults to straighten their teeth and achieve a beautiful smile in a shorter amount of time, with no reason to feel self-conscious during treatment due to the nearly invisible aligners. Treatment also has minimal impact on your busy schedule.
- Adults want to feel confident that they look their best. Invisalign allows adults to feel confident throughout the whole process. Even though the results would be the same with traditional braces, most adults want to avoid that “junior high school” look of metal in their mouths. Invisalign is a great answer because it’s virtually invisible, and removable when desired.
Here’s a before and after photo of a woman who has much the same problem (overbite) that I have. This makes me think this just might be the option for me!
Invisalign is versatile and can help to correct a broad range of dental and orthodontic
- Overly crowded teeth
- Widely spaced teeth
How do you get started?
There are thousands of Invisalign Elite Premier Providers across the U.S. It’s easy to find the Invisalign doctor nearest you – just visit the www.invisalign.com website and provide your zip code in the Invisalign doctor locator. To stay up-to-date on news and more, follow Invisalign on Facebook and Twitter.
So what do you think? Would you do it? Do you think I should? If you have experience with Invisalign, tell me about it in the comments below!
Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post. However, all thoughts and opinions are my own.