Straight Talk About Straight Teeth with Invisalign Teen

By Shannon Gurnee
In Health/Beauty
September 5, 2014


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Growing up, I had REALLY crooked teeth!  I felt self-conscious whenever I smiled because I didn’t have beautiful teeth.  When it was time for me to get braces, I was so excited!  Immediately, my self-esteem improved and I knew there would be a change – I would have a smile I was proud to share with the world.  If only there was Invisalign back then!  Oh my gosh – how much easier the process would have been with the same results – a beautiful smile.

Thankfully for our kids they have the option to choose Invisalign for straightening their teeth.  I remember going in and having braces put on my teeth.  Once they were on, I had to put wax on the brackets to prevent them from cutting into my cheeks.  The inside of my mouth was so raw when I first had them on, but that isn’t a problem with Invisalign Teen®.

About Invisalign Teen®

So let’s talk about Invisalign Teen®.  Invisalign Teen® is a great alternative to braces that is available to both pre-teens and teens.  Invisalign Teen® clear aligners are removable and can straighten teeth without the traditional wires and brackets, giving teens the confidence to live life to the fullest while improving their smile.  With Invisalign, teens can even play sports without the fear of injury and even continue cheerleading, playing musical instruments, acting and singing without any interference.  Plus, they don’t need to worry about difficulties with brushing and flossing or food restrictions that would come with wearing braces.  Invisalign Teen® also eliminates the emergency ortho visits for broken wires and brackets and requires fewer appointment since several of the aligner sets are provided in advance.  Plus, Invisalign Teen® is just as effective as traditional wire and bracket braces and can correct the most common teeth straightening issues – from severe cases to more minor, cosmetic adjustments.  Take the Invisalign Smile Assessment to find out if Invisalign is right for you or your child.

You’ll find that not all orthodontists special in Invisalign Teen.  You can visit Invisalign online and select “find a doctor” to locate experienced Invisalign and Invisalign Teen® doctors in your area.  You may be wondering if Invisalign Teen® costs a lot more than braces?  It actually costs about the same as braces and is covered by most dental insurance policies just like traditional braces – up to 50% of the cost may be covered by insurance.  Flexible Spending Health Savings Accounts (HSA’s) can also be used for Invisalign, making money go farther with pre-tax dollars.  For more information on cost and insurance coverage, visit the Invisalign website.

What if my teen loses his or her aligners? Invisalign has actually found that teens are more compliant in wearing their aligners than adults, and they don’t lose their aligners very often either.  Invisalign Teen® includes up to six free replacement aligners, although clinical data from orthodontists confirms that teens wear their aligners and average of 21 hours per day, just as recommended.  The aligners have small blue dots (officially called compliance indicators) that gradually fade as the aligners are worn.  It’s a quick visual check for doctors, teens and parents to confirm the aligners are being worn enough to get results.  Pretty cool, right?

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Setting it Straight About Invisalign Teen® Myths

Myth: Invisalign can only treat minor or cosmetic issues.

Setting it Straight:  Invisalign effectively treats a wide variety of orthodontic issues including severe bite issues.  From underbite to crossbite, deepbite to overbite and overly crowded to widely spaced, advancements to Invisalign’s patented technology continues to increase the complexity of issues that can be treated.

Myth:  If my child loses their aligners, it’s going to cost me an arm and a leg to replace.

Setting it Straight:  We know kids lose things, even their aligners!  That’s why you get up to six FREE replacement aligners with Invisalign Teen®.

Myth:  After Invisalign Teen®, my child’s teeth may revert back to their original position.

Setting it Straight:  Studies show that without retainers straight teeth can gradually shift back towards their initial position.  This is a common occurrence with all orthodontic treatment including braces, but is one that can easily be overcome.  Ask your doctor about Vivera retainers from the makers of Invisalign.

Myth:  I don’t need to take my child to see an orthodontist until they are a teenager.

Setting it Straight:  The American Association of Orthodontics recommends taking children for their first orthodontics check-up no later than age 7.  The American Dental Association says this is because your child’s dentist can spot problems with emerging teeth and jaw growth early on, while the primary teeth are present.

Invisalign is a great way to straighten your teeth in a more comfortable manner that can allow you to feel much better about your smile. But, with the development of technology, invisalign is just one of the many options. Take a look at different clear braces alternatives on the market. Different options may come with better costs and benefits, so it is crucial to assess all your options before choosing.

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Have you or someone you’ve known used Invisalign?  What was your or their experience?

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Shannon Gurnee is the author of Redhead Mom formerly "The Mommy-Files", a national blog with a loyal following. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Marriage, Family, and Human Development with a Minor in Business Management. Shannon and her husband, Frank, have a large family with 6 awesome kids and love living on the Central Coast near San Luis Obispo, California, as well as traveling around the world. A full-time Social Media and Professional Blogger, Shannon also serves as a National Brand Ambassador for many well-known companies. Her blog focuses on motherhood, family fun activities, traveling, fashion, beauty, technology, wedding ideas and recipes while providing professional opinions on products, performances, restaurants, and a variety of businesses.

36 Responses to “Straight Talk About Straight Teeth with Invisalign Teen”

  1. Masshole Mommy says:

    I wish this had been an option when I was a kid. I had those horrible metal braces!

  2. Debbie Denny says:

    I have heard so much about these. They sound wonderful.

  3. I really want to get braces and Invisalign seems like such a good option, especially at my age.

  4. Shell says:

    I’ve been looking into these for my tween. He’s going to need something soon.

  5. Pam says:

    I have always been curious about Inivisalign. My kids had traditional braces, but a lot of their friends used Invisalign and their teeth look great.

  6. I love that they have options like Invisalign available. So great for kids and adults who don’t want the metal braces.

  7. Jaime says:

    I’ve tried Invisalign before. I had decent results. I like that they weren’t as noticeable as regular braces (I’ve had the metal and porcelain braces as well!)

  8. Brett says:

    I’d do Invisalign in a heartbeat. For me and the kids!

  9. Debra says:

    My son is just about ready to lose both of his front baby teeth. Invisalign and braces are currently on my mind!

  10. I love invisalign. It’s so much nicer to use these than braces.

  11. Dawn says:

    Yay for Invisalign! Tooth alignment has certainly come a long way from the days of brace face.

  12. I love this! I had regular braces, and they sucked so bad.

  13. Marina says:

    Ivisalign is so great. Regular braces can be such a stigma for people.

  14. Felicia says:

    There are so many reasons why this works so well! i would love to have a pair of my own.

  15. Katrina says:

    I had traditional braces as a teen and as an adult my teeth shifted and I now have invisalign and I wouldn’t do it any other way! I love them!

  16. Nicole Brady says:

    I think Invisalign is perfect for high school kids who are already self conscious but also for professionals who want to improve their smile. I had braces when I was in high school and it was horrible!

  17. I think I may get invisalign. It has been a while since I had braces and I think my teeth may need to refreshen.

  18. Candy O says:

    Will be asking about Invisaline. Would be good for my minor issues.. I’m a little vain. LOL

  19. I’ve heard great things about this. My friend used them and had a really good experience.

  20. Brett says:

    i had braces TWICE as a kid. and i’m contemplating Invisalign for a third (and final!) time at 40!

  21. Rosey says:

    That’s a fun fact that teens are more apt to use the retainers as directed than adults are… I believe it too, there are places you don’t want a retainer to show. I like that these are invisible.

  22. I’ve heard such great things about invisalign. I needed braces as a kid but couldn’t afford them, these would have been so perfect I think….

  23. Brandy says:

    My mom used this product a while back, like just about a year or so ago. I didn’t think she needed anything fixed with her teeth, but after using it I have seen a huge difference!

  24. What a great contest you’re having. I have considered Invisalign for myself. I had braces in middle school but that was a million years ago and my bottom teeth have shifted back.

  25. Melinda says:

    Invisalign looks so much better than traditional braces. I wish my oldest could have gotten them instead of metal ones.

  26. Christie says:

    I love that free replacements are included! Thanks for setting the record straight with these myths!

  27. I had braces and didn’t have much luck! I’d love to try these!

  28. Ann Bacciaglia says:

    My daughter would have preferred Invisalign to the metal ones she had. I think this is a great option.

  29. Lori Gunn says:

    I like that there are no food restrictions, as with regular braces. Being able to floss without worrying about breaking the braces is certainly another reason to consider Invisalign Teen.

  30. Veronica says:

    Invisalign is so much better than braces in my opinion. That is what I plan on getting

  31. I wear my invisalign at night time to make sure my teeth don’t go back to being all funky. I really like them, easy to clean and comfortable.

  32. Liz Mays says:

    That’s interesting the aligners have blue dots on them to indicate wear. Good check for the ortho or dentist. I love my Invisalign!

  33. Lisa says:

    We have a dental appt next week to see about Invisalign for our teen. Seems like the best way to go honestly.

  34. Kathy says:

    I had braces and my teeth have moved back. I would love to try this some day!

  35. Elizabeth@ Food Ramblings says:

    I wish invisalign was around then I had braces! This seems like a much better idea!

  36. We have already been told that my daughter will probably need braces when she gets older. I’m sure invisalign will be something we check into if that is the case.

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