Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post. However, all thoughts and opinions are my own.
As many of you know, I just went through the torture of adult braces for fourteen months in my 30s. I went into the orthodontist’s office hoping to have Invisalign, a clear alternative to braces. With that option, few people would notice that I was straightening my teeth and I wouldn’t feel like a 14 year old girl. But when I was there, the orthodontist pressured me to go for the Damon system.
I ended up with metal brackets on the bottom, clear brackets on the top and I had a wire that a robot twisted and tweaked to get my teeth straight as fast as possible. Once they were on, my lips were pushed out all pouty-like, the brackets rubbed against the inside of my mouth causing abrasions, rubberbands that opened sores in my cheeks and wires were all pokey.
There were days I barely would talk because of the pain. I had to eat in teeny tiny bites, I wouldn’t kiss my husband on the lips and I was still hiding my smile. I was depressed. You can actually read my post on the Cons of Adult Braces to see how miserable I was.
People told me I was brave, but I wish I stuck to my guns and told the orthodontist I wanted Invisalign – not letting him sway me. And now that my husband wants to straighten his teeth, I am telling him the same thing – go with the Invisalign, don’t let the orthodontist pressure you into a different decision. That way rather than the glued-on brackets, he can just use a series of clear teeth aligners made of lightweight plastic to perfect his smile. In my opinion, without the metal and wires it would be a more comfortable fit. And there have been so many success stories showing that they work as effectively as traditional metal braces.
Also, Invisalign was actually a more affordable choice compared to how much the Damon adult braces cost at my orthodontist office. (I think it’s comparable at most offices? You’ll have to double check with your own orthodontist. Use the Invisalign Doctor Locator to find one near you.) Plus, when I think of all the “comfort” visits I had to make to his office to clip a wire or fix a broken bracket … that would not have happened with Invisalign. I hope I convinced my husband to take a different route than I did.
And now that the pain of traditional braces is so fresh in my mind, I am definitely considering giving my kids an easier time with the Invisalign Teen option. Invisalign is not just for adults!
Do you know someone who has had adult braces? Did they use Invisalign or a more traditional approach and how did they like it?
Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post. However, all thoughts and opinions are my own. Visit the Invisalign website for more information about the clear alternative to braces. You can also follow them on Twitter and like them on Facebook for more news, if you or someone you know is interested in straightening their smile in the future.