Straight Talk on Straight Teeth with Invisalign

Orthodontics. Braces. Ahhhh – it’s all completely new parenting territory here. I was one of the “lucky” few of my friends that didn’t have braces. But, unfortunately, we are for sure going to need some orthodontic care for Big Brother! He’s got a rather sizable crossbite going on. It’s not as noticeable on this old x-ray, but I just thought it was too fascinating not to share! Look at all those permanent teeth below the baby teeth! Amazing!
Dental x-raySo, since I know we’re going to be headed down that path, I’ve partnered with Invisalign to share some straight talk on straight teeth! One BIG myth  is, “I don’t need to take my child to see an orthodontist until they are a teenager.”  Big Brother still seems so young (he’s only 7), but here’s the truth…

The American Association of Orthodontics recommends taking children for their first orthodontic check-up no later than age 7. The American Dental Association says this is because, “Your child’s dentist can spot problems with emerging teeth and jaw growth early on, while the primary teeth are present.

YIKES! We NEED to get him to an orthodontist NOW!  I can already tell that the crossbite is affecting his smile. And, I’m really interested to find an Invisalign doctor to talk with about it! I remember how painful and awful metal braces were for some of my friends and I’d like to avoid all that with the boys if possible! Until working with Invisalign, I had (wrongly) assumed that it could only be used to correct some tooth crowding issues. And, that’s actually one common myth about Invisalign. Here’s the real scoop:

Invisalign effectively treats a wide variety of orthodontic issues including severe bite issues. From underbite to crossbite, deepbite to overbite and overly crowded to widely spaced, advancements to Invisalign’s patented technology continues to increase the complexity of issues that can be treated.

Before learning more about it, I never would have thought that Invisalign might be able to be used to correct Big Brother’s crossbite! He is already in soccer and I can’t even imagine how painful taking a soccer ball to the face would be with a mouthful of metal braces! I played clarinet for years and I remember how bad some of the kids’ mouths/lips would be in band because of their braces. So, I love that with Invisalign, teens can play sports without fear of injury and continue cheerleading, musical instruments, acting and singing without interference. Plus, because it’s removable, brushing and flossing is easy and no food restrictions to worry about either! Doesn’t that sound like SUCH a nice alternative to braces? No broken brackets, wax, rubber bands – and no emergency ortho appointments to run to when those things happen!

But, with any orthodontic care, cost is obviously a BIG concern for a lot of families. So that is something we’ll be looking at carefully. Invisalign does have a cost calculator. Supposedly, Invisalign Teen is covered by most dental insurance policies just like traditional braces — up to 50% of the cost may be covered by insurance. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that will hold true for us! If it’s something you’re interested in, I’d definitely encourage you to take a look at the cost and insurance coverage information on the  Invisalign website!

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Whether you’ve got a 7 year old like us, or you are right in the midst of heading down the teeth correction path with a pre-teen or teenager, here’s a great little infographic with important some things to consider!

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Have you brought your child in for an orthodontic consult? Did you look into Invisalign? I’d love to hear your experiences as we start down this new path!!

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Disclosure: This post is part of a sponsored campaign with Invisalign. However, all opinions and experiences are entirely my own (as always)!

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