I am also a member of the Invisalign Teen Mom Advisory Board. My daughter has received complimentary treatment, (as have I) from the makers of Invisalign clear aligners, but all opinions expressed are my own.
Ashley is moving towards the end of her Invisalign treatment, and we are seeing huge results!
Her smile is opening up and her self-confidence is shining through. Pete and I are constantly saying to each other how awesome her smile looks, and she isn’t even done with treatment yet.
I wanted to share an update about the process and some tips if you are considering Invisalign for your teen too!
The first thing that we are asked about Invisalign for our teen is “how we make sure she wears her clear aligners”? For us this is not an issue at all. After the first few days, it just becomes a routine, much like remembering to put on your shoes when you leave the house. Ash has never forgotten to put her aligners back in, not even once. She is pretty regimented about her eating habits too, focusing on healthy whole foods, so she takes them out as soon as she starts making her meal, and then brushes her teeth and puts them right back in. When we travel and there is an airplane involved, she is careful to always bring a bottle of water with her to brush her teeth with since you shouldn’t use airplane water.
Another question we get asked is about discomfort. Since Maddie has traditional braces and Ash has Invisalign, I’ve been able to compare the two and the discomfort level is equal. I will say that neither of them have had any remarkable discomfort, but a tip I learned quickly is to change your aligners right before bed so that if there is any discomfort to be felt it will be better by the time you wake up. This is something that can’t be done with traditional braces and we appreciate this benefit.
Lastly we get questions about the time commitment of Invisalign. This is one of the best features for us. It has been a challenge to get Maddie into the Orthodontist as often as she should be with traditional braces. With Ashley’s Invisalign, we only see the Orthodontist every 6 weeks, which works very well with our travel schedule. We just take the new aligners with us, and change them on the go! This means there is no slow down in her treatment schedule.
This time of year, another thing that we are loving about Invisalign is that there are no off limit foods. With all the special treats available during the holidays, we don’t have to say no to any of them. Ash can eat whatever she wants and doesn’t have to worry about her Invisalign because she can take them out and put them back in after she eats the special food. With traditional braces, you have to avoid certain foods, and that is not the case at all with Invisalign!