When I posted earlier about my need to ensure my son’s future dental health and why I was excited to be on the Invisalign Teen – Mom Advisory Board, I was still apprehensive about my teen son entering highschool as a freshman while starting Invisalign at the same time. Invisalign is a series of nearly invisible, removable “aligners” used by adults and teens to gradually straighten teeth without metal or wires. My son has said that he will never forget the pain of being stabbed with his metal braces, so Invisalign was a great alternative to fix his teeth that were over-crowded. So we decided to try Invisalign and are happy to report that I am not apprehensive anymore thanks to these 5 discoveries:
1. Would his friends notice he is wearing Invisalign? In our experience, people barely notice that he has Invisalign and it does not affect his speech.
2. Would he lose them? So far he has not lost any of the aligners – even though there was a close call when he put them in a napkin at dinner. Luckily he learned his lesson and carries his case with him at all times.
3. Is Invisalign maintenance hard for teenagers to do each day? Not really, my teen just takes them out to brush his teeth and cleans them on a regular basis. But he does not seem to mind it and has managed that all by himself. And we all know how happy a parent can be when their teen manages something on their own!
4. Do the aligner’s effect his ability to eat? No, my son just takes them out to eat and puts them back after he is finished.
5. Are the orthodontist visits time consuming? We just spent time in the beginning with the Orthodontist for the Invisalign fitting. We only go back for short maintenance appointments and get a few aligners at time (which he swaps out every few weeks).
So we are on the path to fixing the overcrowding problem with my son’s teeth! I can’t wait to see the results once he is done with his Invisalign treatments. While I was sitting in the dentist chair myself yesterday, getting dental work done yet again caused by decay between my teeth from overcrowding, I was happy to know that I was doing my best to help my son have a healthy dental future. Which means I hope he will only need to go the dentist for yearly checkups instead!
Disclosure: I am a member of the Invisalign Teen Mom Advisory Board. My son has received complimentary treatment from Align (Full disclosure: http://shout.lt/ggGP). All opinions expressed are my own. Here is the link to the Invisalign Smile Assessment.