Let’s face it. The traditional braces of the 80’s and 90’s that many of us used as a child has changed. Technology made all the difference in advancements which makes the pain of traditional braces a thing of the past for kids with invisible braces. Invisalign was not something I was familiar with, until I attended a blogging event and learned more information about their product and am happy to share some information with you in this sponsored post.
Straight Talk on Straight Teeth
Invisalign is a medical device governed by the FDA that was not available when I was a teenager and needed braces. Years of metal in my mouth and painful, goopy molds were taken multiple times. At that time choosing the flavor of the goopy mold was considered a blessing. As if middle school was not hard enough, adding a spacer to my top jaw since it was not big enough meant that no one could understand a word that was said since a metal bar went from molar to molar. Every night it was turned with a special key to make my jaw wider. Definitely not the stuff teenagers dream of but thankfully my children have other options available.
After hearing the benefits of Invisalign first hand from a doctor, and seeing a live iTero scanner demonstration, it made a complete difference for me in what our entire family eventually needs. As a mom of a tween, Invisalign is something that is in our near future, but it is my youngest son who will probably need it the most. Thankfully they provide an image called Smart Path to Straight Teeth to help us make decisions for our family.
How does technology play a role in orthodontics?
Watching a live iTero scanner demonstration showed how far technology has advanced straightening teeth. One brave volunteer let us watch as they scanned her teeth live and we watched in awe as only a few minutes later her teeth were on display. Alongside where her teeth currently were at was an image of what the proposed treatment plan projection would ultimately end up looking like. This was amazing to see right before our eyes. No goopy molds or xrays were needed. Just the scans and everything was complete. Definitely not your orthodontist visit from the 80’s.
If you want to find an Invisalign dentist who uses the iTero scanner, look for the symbol on their doctor locator.
Considering braces for your teen? There are many benefits to the Invisalign Teen. If you check out their myths and facts about the cost of braces, one that makes the most sense financially is they provide up to six free replacement aligners. Sadly that means no Facebook status updates about digging in trash cans for the one that was thrown away.
No matter how cool the technology is and how invisible braces ease the pain for kids, it all boils down to one thing. How much will this cost? Below is just one myth that was important to me and our family’s finances and their words tell it best.
Myth: We can’t afford Invisalign.
Setting it Straight: Invisalign Teen is covered by many dental insurance policies just like traditional braces — up to 50% of the cost may be covered by insurance. Even if dental insurance doesn’t apply, many doctors will help parents find options to make straightening their child’s teeth more affordable. Many offer flexible and affordable monthly finance plans that can be as low as $99 per month.
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This is a sponsored post. However, all thoughts and opinions are my own.