This conversation about Invisalign was made possible through SITS – all opinions are my own.

The Boys and I 1990 - I had a gap, but my boys were more important
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The Boys and I 1990 – I had a gap, but my boys were more important

Braces Then, Invisalign Now

I never had braces as a child. It’s not that I didn’t need them, I did. But with 5 kids in the family, my parents could only afford them for the child that needed them most. I watched with some jealousy as my friends hit puberty and they were outfitted with braces – it seemed a rite of passage I would never participate in. Even when their mouths were full of colored bands, their lips bleeding from the bands, and headgear worn round the clock,  I still wished I could be a part of it.

When I started working and got dental insurance of my own, I briefly thought about getting braces. But by then I was in my early 20’s and dating and the thought of those silver brackets on my teeth weren’t as enticing. It wasn’t long before I was married and having children and my own teeth were no longer a priority.

It’s My Turn To Have a Great Smile

But now that I’m in my 50’s and my gap has grown, I’m thinking it’s time to do something about them for me. But seeing a good friend’s experiences with traditional braces has turned me away from them. Sure, I could go without a few meals, but I really don’t know if I’m ready to accept the pain she appears to be having as part of my daily routine.

And that’s why when I was invited to an Invisalign Straight Talk event (#INVStraightTalk) I jumped at the chance to go. I know a little bit about them, but not enough, and I had some questions I wanted to ask the Invisalign professionals.

My gap widens - Age 49 - and it's growing every year.
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My gap widens – Age 49 – and it’s growing every year.

First, I learned Invisalign and Invisalign Teen, can be used on pre-teens, teens, adults, and even senior citizens like me. Secondly, I learned that providers are rated based on their experience, so choosing the right provider is important. The provider information is available on the Invisalign website and for personal reasons, I’m going with one of the top three tiers of professionals (I’ve had some horrible experiences with dentists in the past – I’m not repeating that mistake and I’m going with an expert).  Thirdly, I found out that they can be used on people like me who have a bridge (or in my case two bridges) and other abnormalities – you don’t have to have perfect teeth to get a great experience from them.

How is Invisalign Different from Traditional Braces?

Invisalign Demo
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So what is Invisalign and how is it different from traditional braces? They’re clear aligners which are made from a really lightweight plastic which fits over your teeth. Every two weeks or so, your aligner is replaced with a new one that’s slightly different, and it’s this slight difference that moves your teeth in the manner your orthodontist recommends. There is nothing attached to your teeth – no brackets, wires, etc – so that means no painful cuts and sores in your mouth and no change to your eating. Simply remove the aligner to eat and care for your teeth and then replace it. It’s that simple!

The time to straighten the teeth is about the same between the old and new technology, but the Invisalign wins for me in aesthetics, ease, and wearablity. Plus, I’m told the cost is about the same, there are less office visits, and insurance covers at about the same rate.

Invisalign Costs and Payment Calculator

Invisalign Costs and Payment Calculator
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Invisalign Costs and Payment Calculator – 0% interest loans are available.

So I’ll be making an appointment to see an Invisalign specialist soon to talk about the costs involved, to verify I’m a good candidate, and to find out how long it will be before I have less of a gap in my teeth.

Have you used Invisalign? I’d love to find out how it worked for others and questions to ask my provider.

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This conversation about Invisalign was made possible through SITS – all opinions are my own.