Braces in 1999 vs Invisalign Today #INVStraightTalk

Posted on Jun 4 2013 - 9:32pm by Kelley

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

I still remember my first few days in braces way back in 7th grade. I remember being both excited and annoyed that I would be sporting the bright silver and colorful tones on my teeth. First, let me just say I was totally “that girl” who wore school colors during spirit week, green on St. Patrick’s Day, red on Valentine’s Day, green and red for Christmas, and the list goes on. But… not only did I wear them on my clothes, but on my braces too.

Yep – I thought it was so cool that I could change the colors of my teeth to fit the theme of the month. I didn’t like however, that I got my braces on the same day our 7th grade class took a camping trip. I STILL remember all these years later how horrible that camping trip was, because I couldn’t eat so many things due to my braces and my mouth was sore from just getting them put on. I remember how sore my mouth would be after fittings, and I remember all the nitty gritty¬†details of what it was like living life in braces during middle school. I even have the pictures from our 8th grade field trip to Washington D.C. to remind myself just how ridiculous I looked. I used to be so self conscious to smile and I’m surprised I didn’t burn what is left of my days in braces.

Fast forward to 2013 and it’s possible to get the straight teeth I now take pride on without all the colors and the oh so unflattering look. Enter Invisalign. Invisalign is a new alternative to braces that allows you to get the straight teeth we crave, but without having to look back on pictures like these :

You can look back on pictures and not even know you’re wearing anything! The really awesome part is Invisalign really does work. Check out this before and after photo to show you the difference it really can make :

…. Amazing results, right!? Why couldn’t I have had these to save myself from looking back on some of my most cherished memories growing up in braces? Some key things to know about Invisalign

  • Invisalign is not only used to treat adults, but teens too!
  • Invisalign is used to treat mild to severe cases and cost varies. However, cost is comparable to traditional braces in most cases, covered by many dental plans, and has affordable financing options.
  • Invisalign requires less appointments and can easily be taken in and out for teeth brushing and other activities.
  • No food limitations AND you can be picture perfect, anytime! You won’t be looking back at your pictures years later cringing like I did! ūüėČ

With the evolving world of technology, food, medical treatments, and so much more; it’s only natural the dental industry would be evolving too. It’s so exciting for me, someone who wore traditional braces with brackets to see how far such a treatment has come. It’s exciting to see the options teens and adults now have to gain straight teeth. Invisalign gives you the opportunity to straighten your teeth in a more modern approach with invisible braces that are so easy to take in and out and not interrupt your daily lives.

If you’re interested in learning more, you can find an Invisalign doctor near you¬†and take this Invisalign Smile Assessment to find out if Invisalign is right for you or your child. Invisalign is not only an option for mild cosmetic cases, so if you or your child is in need of any kind of dental work such as overly crowded teeth, widely spaced teeth, overbite, or more.. look into how Invisalign might be able to help you.

You can also learn more about the benefits of Invisalign and check out the cost calculator here.

I’m curious… what do YOU think of Invisalign now that you’ve heard a little bit of my story on growing up with traditional braces?

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

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