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Braces or Invisalign?

By Jun 3, 2013June 5th, 201322 Comments

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My son is 12. Officially a tween and “enjoying” all the glorious changes middle school and puberty bring.

We knew braces were coming up and we had some decisions to make regarding orthodontics.

See?  The kid is taller then me and I'm 5'7.  Stop the madness!

See? The kid is taller then me and I’m 5’7. Stop the madness!

Since my son plays travel baseball year round, traditional braces were a bit scary. We had seen a player hit with a pitch in the mouth and the braces really added pain to aggravation to what was already a scary injury. My son was adamant that braces weren’t for him.

When Invisalign reached out and asked if I’d be interested in serving on their Mom Advisory Board in exchange for treatment for my son, I jumped at the opportunity. I had worked with Invisalign in the past with Bloggy Boot Camp and learned about the results this awesome technology could provide without the use of traditional braces.

Invisalign for Teens

After visiting their lab in San Jose, I was not only convinced it was the right choice for my son, but became a true advocate for the technology and brand.

Because the aligners can be removed, my son can eat, brush and floss normally. He won’t be hesitant to smile, since Invisalign is virtually invisible. Plus, the Teen Invisalign program includes SIX replacement trays {but don’t tell my son that!}.

A few things to consider:

Smile Assessment. Find out if you or your teen is a candidate for Invisalign treatment.

Find an Invisalign provider in your area. Our Temecula Orthodontist actually specializes in Invisalign Teen, and after being told by our general dentist my son wasn’t a candidate, we are so glad we got a second opinion.

Great info on How Invisalign Works

Check with your insurance! In most cases, if braces are covered by insurance, so is Invisalign.

Fan them on Facebook. They have an active community and this page is a great resource.

I had braces for 16 months in high school. Sadly, I don’t have a single picture with a full smile. I’m thrilled my son is all smiles since receiving his first set of aligners!

Disclosure: I am a member of the Invisalign Mom Advisory Board. My son is receiving complimentary treatment from Invisalign, but all opinions expressed are my own. http://shout.lt/ggGP

About Tiffany

Lover of college football, sushi and historical fiction. Mom to a teen and a toddler. I am a real life summer camp director and President of Influencer Management at Sway Group.

22 Comments

  • Spot on with this write-up, I absolutely think this website needs far more attention.

    I’ll probably be back again to read more, thanks for the info!

  • Shell Ann says:

    I had traditional braces as a kid, all through high school me and my sister were braces the same time. I think it was around the time Invisalign was coming out. I went through a gruling time in my braces I had 4 teeth extracted in the front and the braces is what pulled them together. Then went they came off at age 18 I had my wisdom teeth out, cost my dad about $10k for my pretty little mouth.

    I had clear braces on the top even though I still think they weren’t 100% clear you could still see the wire and then regular old silver on the bottom it was a pleasure each time I went in for check up to be able to get the brackets changed in different colours and then my retainer is blue I still got it in my medicine cabinet even though it doesn’t fit anymore and a permanent wire on my bottom teeth. Basically what I am saying is going through traditional braces is a part of being a kid.

  • Mama Mary says:

    By the way, I LOVE that family photo of you three! You look prettier than ever!

  • Mama Mary says:

    I loved my Invisalign treatment, it totally changed my life! I am so glad they have it for Teens now, especially since our dentist told me that my 6 year old will likely need braces as per her Xrays. Invisible braces, baby! : )

  • Adrian says:

    Do you know if they have any openings coming up for the Mom Advisory Board? I did a post for them about a year ago, but I didn’t selected at the time. My stats are a bit better now and my son is 15 and almost getting too old for them. I think I’d be a good candidate because my older son had traditional braces, so I would be able to compare the experience between the two products. And honestly, now that I’ve learned about how cool the Invisalign product is, it would be tough to go back to the traditional ones.

  • I wish my kids could do that! We had no choice but braces and 2 in them at the same time, crazy!! Good for you!

  • I was one of those crazy kids that always wanted braces 🙂 Besides the pain I was excited to get them and fix my smile. Now many many years later I wish I’d known more about the damage they can cause, mainly the back molars with from the metal anchors.

    When it’s time for our kids to get dental help we’ll choose invisalign or something to be less evasive.

  • I was one of those crazy kids that always wanted braces 🙂 Besides the pain I was excited to get them and fix my smile. Now many many years later I wish I’d known more about the damage they can cause, mainly the back molars with from the metal anchors.

    When it’s time for our kids to get dental help we’ll choose invisalign or something like it to be less evasive.

  • Michelle says:

    I hated my braces. My son has to get them and with all the sports he does, I am really hoping he is an Invisalign candidate!!

  • I had braces for almost 4 years – talk about scarring me for life! I hate pictures! I am so glad this option is available now!

  • Nia says:

    You have such an adorable family. I didn’t realize that they offered a short program, I will have to check that out.

  • Chelsea says:

    You have such a gorgeous family, Tiffany!

  • Tiffany says:

    Lisa- me too. They actually have a short program just to tweak your teeth to perfection…. seriously considering it!

  • Lisa says:

    Lucky kid! I wouldn’t mind trying Invisalign myself.