Invisalign vs. Metal Braces

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Both of us have had to endure metal braces when we were younger. Neither of us have very fond memories of it. After listening to an Invisalign Straight Talk Event we both wish Invisalign Teen had been around back when we needed it. But on the bright side, we know our children will have a quicker, better looking and more comfortable method if they need assistance with straightening their teeth.  Read below for each of our personal accounts on the discomfort and inconvenience of metal braces.

Our personal experiences with traditional braces

I remember right after I got my braces on, my mom took me to eat  and after taking one bite of rice I was horrified at how much food had become stuck in the mass amount of metal wires in my mouth. I remember crying while trying to swish it out with water and realizing this was seriously going to change what types of food I would eat for a couple of years. I also remember eating an apple and bending a wire, which was really painful. I had to run in after hours to have it fixed. This on top of the constant cuts inside my cheeks and gums from the metal pieces, adds up to misery. I am glad I had braces to correct my teeth, but if I had been able to have a more pleasant experience, I would have jumped at the chance. -Jean

Between pimples, a bad perm, and looking like I was still 9 years old, adolescence was not a time I look back on fondly.  So why not throw getting braces into that equation for maximum ego damaging dateless-ness throughout high school for good measure?  Ok, so I went to an all-girl Catholic high school, which contributed to said lack of dating – an added bonus in my mother’s eyes.  But I digress. I do not regret getting my teeth straightened, but I do not remember having the best experience with traditional braces.  First of all, chewing was (at times) so painful, I subsisted off mashed potatoes, refried beans, and soup.  Every time the wires got tightened, I would get crippling headaches. Flossing was difficult, but necessary because of the chances of food particle and plaque buildup.  The last thing I wanted was cavities on top of braces!  Then to top it off, there was mandatory participation in dodgeball in PE class.  Note: getting beamed in the face is not so fun with a metal mouth. -Ally

invisalign or traditional braces?

Ally with braces (circa 1990s)
[Jean’s pics have been burned]

Here are some interesting facts we learned about Invisalign Teen:

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  • It is available for preteens and teens.
  • On average treatment takes about a year.
  • By giving teens a better smile without metal braces, the Invisalign Teen system helps them have the confidence to be at their best.
  • Invisalign Teen aligners have a compliance indicator located on the upper aligner and it can estimate the approximate amount of time your teen spends wearing the aligner. The indicators fade from blue to clear if worn enough, so you can monitor your child’s compliance easily.
  • No “emergency” visits for broken or loose brackets and wires.
  • The cost of Invisalign Teen is often comparable to that of braces and is typically covered by insurance to the same extent that other orthodontic appliances are.
  • The aligners can be removed for eating and brushing, so your teen can maintain proper oral hygiene easier than with traditional metal braces.
  • Since the device is removable, its easy for your child to play sports or an instrument.

Invisalign Teen clear aligners are removable and can straighten teeth without a mouth full of metal and all the disruption and sacrifice that comes with it. With Invisalign, teens look better and feel more confident than they ever could in traditional braces. Take the Invisalign Smile Assessment to find out if Invisalign is right for your child.

Here is a great infographic on Invisalign’s website

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