Thursday, May 29, 2014

5 Reasons to Choose Invisalign over Traditional Metal Braces

This is a sponsored post. However, all thoughts and opinions are my own. I am not a medical professional. #InvisalignTalk

As if high school isn't difficult enough I spent most of my high school career as a brace face. I had these hideous metal brackets in my mouth and attached to my pearl whites for 2 and a half years ! I also spent those two and a half year paranoid that I had food in between the metal pieces or that I would get those "white boxes" of calcium build up, so I would brush, floss and fluoride rinse pretty much an unhealthy amount. Daily ! 

Looking back now I feel like it was worth it, I guess, because now my teeth are decently straight. I stopped wearing my retainer like a dumb dumb after having my son so they have shifted a bit the past few years but that is another story. What I am trying to get at here is I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to fix my teeth but ...

What if straightening my teeth didn't have to be so unsightly, uncomfortable and give me a hygiene paranoia complex? 
What if their was a way to straighten teeth and still do all the normal daily activities without interruption ? 

There is. It is called Invisalign
Insert *angels singing

Actually Invisalign has been around since 1999. I believe that is was too new on the market when I received my orthodontic treatment or heck yes I would have had them !! Since I have had the experience of metal bracket braces I feel that I can honestly and passionately weigh in on this topic. 

5 Reasons to Choose Invisalign over Traditional Metal Braces. 
1. iTero Technology 
Before you even put in your first tray the orthodontist needs to know what they are working with. Traditionally you would have to have a molded impression done. Sometimes even done twice if the tech isn't experienced. I HATE getting impressions done. I am always afraid (and have nightmares) that all of my teeth will come out in the putty when they pop it out of my mouth. Luckily that never happened but even more amazingly now you won't have to worry about that either. In select Invisalign provider locations they have a machine, iTero, which has special dental imaging software that digitally scans your teeth ! (Find a provider in your area who has iTero) There is no putty. No radiation. No discomfort or pain. I got to see a scan done live at a conference I recently attended and within maybe 10-15 minutes there was a full 3D visual of the teeth top and bottom! Actually from this digital model the doctor was able to almost immediately show the end result of Invisalign treatment !! Which by the way is 99.9% accurate !! It just blows my mind. Before you even start treatment you will know what to expect as your end result. 
Did You Know That : It's best to start Invisalign treatments around the age of 9-11 years old.
2. Invisalign is made just for you
Metal brackets can be sterilized and reused. Yes they are "clean" but they do become less effective with each wear which could actually prolong your treatment. Each Invisalign tray is made just for you. No one else has had it in their mouth. 
Did You Know That : Invisalign is not made with phthalate or BPA plastics. They are considered a class 2 medical grade device.
With metal braces you are advised against eating...well just about everything ! No gum, no popcorn, no beef jerky, no gummy bears, no fruit snacks. In general you can't have anything tough, sticky or chewy. If you do indulge in any of these while wearing metal braces, you run the risk of popping off a metal bracket. Which will then have to be repaired and cost more money. With Invisalign you remove the tray during meals so there are no food restrictions ! 
Did You Know That : The cost of Invisalign treatment is usually comparable to the cost of traditional braces.$3,500 to $8,000, with the national average at about $5,000
4. Does not infer with everyday life, especially sports
One of my most vivid and horrendous memories of having metal braces was having them and cheerleading. See I was the girl on the bottom, called the base, who threw the 'flyer' up in the air. We usually did just fine, got 3rd at Nationals, but during practice one day the flyer came down wrong and landed right on my face. I would normally be fine but I had braces at the time and the metal brackets cut into my cheeks. I had sores in my mouth for weeks. It was horrible !! Now that never would have happened if I had Invisalign. The trays sit flush against your teeth. There aren't any pieces sticking out or anything. 
Did You Know That : Most dental insurance recognize Invisalign as a medical treatment and will help cover the cost just as they would with traditional treatment. 
5. With Invisalign Teen you get up to 6 Free Replacement trays PLUS the 'have you actually been wearing them' indicator tab
The biggest most major difference between Invisalign and traditional braces is that the clear aligners are removable. That however can leave you worrying about losing the trays or that they won't be worn as long as they need to be. Thankfully Invisalign has thought about all of this and has implemented a mini insurance policy of sorts with a teens treatment. You are allowed up to 6 replacement trays. As for making sure the trays are being worn for as long as the teen said they are wearing them, there is a blue indicator tab on the back end of the trays that will fade once it has been in contact with saliva over a certain time. Rinsing it under water won't help you cheat either, you simply just have to wear them as directed. 

That is it folks. 5 reason why you should choose an Invisalign treatment over a traditional metal bracket one.

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