Thursday, May 2, 2013

Did you have braces?? @Invisalign is better. #INVStraightTalk #Ad

When I attended The SITS Girls Mini-Bloggy Boot Camp a couple weeks ago, I had the privilege of taking part in a presentation "Straight Talk" given by Invisalign, and was so excited to be given this sponsored opportunity to discuss their product.  I learned so much new information about the braces alternative and how far it has come since it was created.

I had braces for a couple years in middle school, and the beginning of high school.
*Cringes as she uploads this photo...*   *Immediate regret.*  (Thanks Dad, for scanning this photo to me, from the Walton Family archives...)

Although I am quite pleased with my very straight teeth today, I remember what a pain braces were!
So many foods were off limits because they could break a metal bracket or get stuck.  I said goodbye (mostly.. ;) ;)  ) to popcorn, gum, chewy candy like Starburst, not to mention biting into whole carrots and apples.

Then, there was the strenuous task of flossing, and keeping the braces clean; using all those weird little tools, like the Christmas tree looking wire brush, and the plastic loops of thread that helped me thread floss through the wires.

I remember the pain I had for a couple days after getting the wires tightened, having rubber bands that would snap and hit my lip (ow.), and the cuts in my mouth and on my tongue from getting caught on the brackets.
Sounds super fun, right??

Comparing this experience to Invisalign is like night and day.

Image: Invisalign

Invisalign, first of all is clear, and pretty much goes un-noticed in photos.

Image: Invisalign

You take them out, like a retainer, to eat so there are no food restrictions. Enter: junk food!...err, I mean whole apples and carrots!

Image: Invisalign

You also remove them to brush and floss your teeth, so no more science-experiment-looking contraptions you never even knew existed in that toothpaste aisle until you had braces! You clean your teeth normally, they put the Invisalign back into place.

For even more advantages to Invisalign over traditional braces, click Here.

This alternative to braces has some new advances.  They have a line, Invisalign Teen, that caters specifically to pre teens and teens, making this a great option for more than just adults.
The Invisalign Teen product introduces new features like a blue Compliance Indicators designed to 

gradually fade as the aligner is worn, (to make sure kids wear it!) and Eruption Tabs that accommodate the growth of secondary molars.

­ Since the Invisalign Aligners are comfortable and durable, teens can more easily continue their favorite activities, such as playing sports and musical instruments, without the fear of cutting their mouth on metal wires if they get bumped in the face, or the awkward discomfort of trying to play the french horn in band with bulky, traditional braces!

Image: Invisalign

Invisalign seems like the "clear" choice to me!! (Pun not intended!...or was it?)

OK, fine one more. You earned it.

OK, so have you, or someone you’ve known, used Invisalign? And if so, what was their experience?

So There.

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