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Sunday, May 26, 2013

Braces Then, Invisalign Now

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post. However, all thoughts and opinions are my own.
Ok, so raise of hands here who had braces growing up? (hand up) Chances are if you were a child of the 80's & 90's you or someone close to you had braces at some point or another.

I got braces on my 7th grade year and off at the beginning of my 9th grade year in school. I was lucky I didn't need them super long and lucky that my parents for one cared enough to get me braces and two could afford them. At the time many of my friends were also getting braces so although they weren't exactly awesome to have, I wasn't alone in the matter either.
Here are some things I remember from having braces:
• the nasty crayon tasting molding paste (gahhhh)
• painful at first
• many appointments to adjust
• broken brackets
• cut lips from sports/activities
• food getting stuck
• rubber bands
• head gear (another gahhhhh)
• choosing colors
• no gum/apples/corn etc.
• flossing nightmare

For those of you who never had braces, it sounds wonderful doesn't it? :) haha. It wasn't horrible by any means but anybody who had braces was sure counting down the days until they came off. I still have a permanent retainer glued in my mouth. But I do have straight teeth. Yay!

So as technology advances in all other aspects of life, it does in orthodontics as well. Oh where was Invisalign and Invisalign Teen when I needed them?

Invisalign and Invisalign Teen uses a series of clear aligners made of lightweight plastic that sit on the teeth. Yes I said clear, gone are the days of metal mouth and the dreaded headgear! The clear aligners are nearly invisible and can be removed so kids or adults can eat, brush, floss and smile as if they didn't have braces at all! (oh what a dream that would have been!)

Invisalign usually requires less office visits and no "emergency" visits for those dreaded broken wires or brackets and costing nearly the same as traditional metal braces I know the choice I would have preferred. Invisalign hands down.

There are more than 2 million Invisalign cases in treatment or completed worldwide. From very simple to very challenging, Invisalign offers a full spectrum of clear straightening treatments for most types of orthodontic issues. Take the Invisalign Smile Assessment to find out if Invisalign is right for you or your child.

Have any of you used Invisalign? I'd love to hear about your experience! And if you haven't you can find out what others think by following Invisalign on Facebook.

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post. However, all thoughts and opinions are my own.


  1. You were beautiful even with the braces of "then" ~ sure didn't affect your ability to smile. But I agree Invisalign are the braces of "today and tomorrow". My hubby works with someone who is wearing them and she just loves them and amazingly they are working really fast! Have a wonderful day!

  2. I cannot believe that they finally have something as wonderful as this. I had both my girls in the braces and they went through everything you mentioned and they hated them. This is terrific!

  3. Thanks for introducing me to these. We got the dreaded "he needs braces" news from the dentist, and my son is less than thrilled about the metal version. Will definitely check these out as an option.

  4. Cool blog! I need to get my kids braces in Edmonton. Where would be the best place?