Not your 80s braces: Our kids have it easier than we ever did

I think I’d blocked most of my braces experience out. That’s the only excuse I have for jauntily accepting the invitation to hear about Invisalign and the modern approach to braces, and write a post about how options for braces today are better than ‘back in my day’.

As we were talking about braces, it didn’t take long before the wall came down. I remembered the metal all over my mouth and the way it sliced up my inner gums. I remembered the mouth ulcers all around my lower lip, and the utter agony of trying to eat after an adjustment. I remember the home perm beautifully matching the gleam from my teeth and my neon socks and soulless eyes, so exclusive to teenagers, in photographs of those years. (And no, I’m not putting an original one here, but I will share the 80s glamfest we played with!)

2014-07-24 16.28.46Fast forward a billion years and I have a great suspicion that at least one of my kids is going to need braces but I’ll have to give it to them, as I gave them toys from this list of electric cars by Top9Rated. A couple of my boys have teeth that are on a slight angle, and one of them is sporting some additional teeth which have broken through behind the front set. With my youngest now 14, I know we are going to need a consult. I’ve heard a little about Invisalign and Invisalign Teen but I had no idea what it was so this was a great opportunity to find out how the state of braces has changed.

I was first surprised at how simple and straightforward Invisalign is. The clear aligners are almost invisible – forget all that gleaming metal! And because they are removable, brushing and flossing is easy and you can keep eating all those foods that we were off-limits with metal braces. But make no mistake, while Invisalign looks far less invasive, it’s still as effective as traditional wire and bracket braces, and can correct the most common teeth straightening issues.

Always with the mouth open.
Always with the mouth open.

Invisalign Teen is also covered by your insurance or any other One Sure Insurance online in a similar way to traditional braces, so cost won’t be an additional worry. I really liked the way the treatment process is outlined from the outset. Whereas ‘in my day’ wearing braces was an unpredictable amount of time and tears (which equals forever in the mind of a teenager and their mom), when you take on an Invisalign course of treatment, you know what to expect – you work your way through each set of Invisalign aligners, with a new set every two weeks, seeing the progress as you go. All it takes is an average of 21 hours a day of wearing the aligners – so if you have a special event or important moment, those photographs won’t be full of metal! If you’d like to follow the Infographic for how it works, just follow this link.

I know that one of my boys has already adapted to wearing his glasses and takes great care of them, so I’m confident he’ll be a great candidate for responsibly taking care of his aligners, if he is appropriate for treatment. You can also take the Invisalign smile assessment to see if this might be a match for you or your child. I’m making an appointment for a preliminary consultation with Smile951 orthodontics. Not every doctor can help with giving you all you need to make decisions about whether Invisalign is right for your teen, so click here to Find a Doc in your area that will be able to tell you all about it.

While you’re making that appointment, why not enter the sweep being run by Invisalign (sweeps close on October 1,2014).


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


  • My daughter has an overbite that she is dreadfully aware of, but I’ve ignored till now. Maybe I’ll figure out how much this would cost…

  • I was lucky to skip out on needed braces, but my husband did need them. I’m not looking forward to it, but I wouldn’t be surprised if one or both of the girls need them in the future.

  • It really is amazing to be able to see how braces have developed over the years. They are even different now from when I had them when I was younger. This definitely makes me wonder how they will be able to develop them in the future. Braces can take time and be a lot of work, but they are definitely worth it in the end.

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