I remember back in the 70′s, while I was only 8 years old, being told that I needed braces. The orthodontist told me that he would need to pull four teeth to get my mouth ready. All I could think about back then was Annabel aka Jodi Foster in Walt Disney’s Freaky Friday and how much fun she had getting her braces off and mine weren’t even on yet.
Little did I know that I would have braces for five very long years. From the age of 8 to 13 years old, I wore the clunky braces along with the headgear, and rubberbands. Unfortunately, during the fifth year, my mom got tired of it and in desperation just told my orthodontist, “Take them off!” She was done. I was not allowed to have a retainer. So, of course, my teeth to this day still need treatment.
So, when the opportunity arose for me to attend an informational meeting in Carlsbad with other bloggers and Dr. Christy Fortney, Orthodontic Specialist, of Hidden Valley Orthodontics to discuss Invisalign, I knew that I would need to be there.
Today’s Invisalign is much different than when I was a young child with braces. Teens and adults now have a choice to make for themselves. Invisalign offers a way to improve your smile while having the flexibility to remove the aligners as the need arises. You can remove them while you eat. Teens do not need to feel self-conscious while wearing the metal brackets and worrying about if there is food stuck in your braces or not.
HOW IT WORKS
Invisalign® takes a modern approach to straightening teeth, using a custom-made series of aligners created for you and only you. These aligner trays are made of smooth, comfortable and virtually invisible plastic that you wear over your teeth. Wearing the aligners will gradually and gently shift your teeth into place, based on the exact movements your dentist or orthodontist plans out for you. There are no metal brackets to attach and no wires to tighten. You just pop in a new set of aligners approximately every two weeks, until your treatment is complete. You’ll achieve a great smile with little interference in your daily life. The best part about the whole process is that most people won’t even know you’re straightening your teeth.
DID YOU KNOW?
- There is no awful tasting goopy impressions. The impressions are made with digital images now.
- There is no food limitations with Invisalign. You do not need to cut your corn on the cob or cut up apples any more. You simply remove the Invisalign and replace when you are done eating.
- Invisalign Teens can see improvement in as little as 90 days. You can actually watch your smile evolve throughout the treatment instead of waiting for the metal braces to come off.
- The insurance code for braces and Invisalign are the same. So, if your insurance covers braces, it will also cover Invisalign.
What Makes You Smile?
Thank you to my high school classmate, Sugar Jones, for the invite and coordinating this event.
If you are in San Diego and have questions regarding Invisalign for yourself or your teenager, please visit Dr. Christy Fortney at:
As with any medical procedure, consider getting a second opinion if you are told you or your child is not a candidate for Invisalign. Not all dentists and orthodontists are certified Invisalign providers, the best way to find an Invisalign provider is to visit the Invisalign Doctor Locator.
Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post hosted by SITS. However, all thoughts and opinions are my own.