I just found out about Invisalign Teen‘s “Tell Us What a New Smile Means to You” Contest. They are one of the sponsors at Blogalicious 2010 this weekend and they are giving away a free treatment to one lucky blogger who writes a compelling post and gets a lot of juicy comments. (PLEASE comment!) Aaron just finished up his braces and is still in a retainer, and John needs his started ASAP, so I was very interested to see what Invisalign had to offer.
Invisalign can be used to correct crowded and/or improperly spaced teeth as well as “bite” issues. This was news to me – for some reason I had thought bite issues needed traditional braces. These clear appliances can be taken out for eating, brushing, and flossing, which I think is a fantastic idea. I worried the whole time Aaron was in braces that he was going to develop cavities because he couldn’t floss. Of course I know lots of people who have lost retainers and other appliances by taking them out to eat, but Invisalign has that covered, too. As part of the package price they will replace up to six appliances for free during the course of the treatment. Treatment takes about a year, so I think that’s quite generous. This method of realignment is evidently less painful, too, which is a big plus when you have a dramatic child like my youngest who tends to moan and groan before the dentist even touches him. There were days when Aaron had his braces adjusted and I could look at his face and tell he was in quite a bit of pain, even though he would never have complained.
Now here are more reasons Invisalign tempts me. They are clear, so there is no metal to attract attention and comment. John’s in middle school, and the last thing I want is for him to attract any more negative attention than is absolutely necessary. Middle school can be hell when you’re being picked on. The Invisalign appliances would interfere less with his music. He plays the saxophone, and really enjoys it. I don’t want that to be spoiled for him because of pain or difficulty playing properly. He also loves being in chorus and on the drama team. They have a play in production, and concerts they are in rehearsal for. He’ll be more confident without braces flashing in the footlights. And here’s a totally superficial reason: his pictures will look better. I adore Aaron’s Senior pictures. They were shot in several locations with a fabulous photographer, and I treasure every shot. But he still had his braces on when it was time for the pictures to be taken. He’d had them for a while, and I’m sure there was already a beautiful smile underneath, but even with the clear brackets his smile is marred by metal in every picture.
What do you guys think? What have been your experiences with traditional braces or with Invisalign?