It has been almost a year since Angeline began her Invisalign treatment, and what an experience this has been for both of us! Before Angeline and I began working with Invisalign, I knew nothing about orthodontics, traditional braces or the alternatives available, such as Invisalign. While I am FAR from an expert, I have learned so much through my Invisalign training and talking to Angeline’s orthodontist that I find myself jumping into every conversation my friends have about dental treatment for their kids and themselves!
I have found that the most common misconception about Invisalign is that people just don’t think it can treat the same dental problems that traditional wire and brackets braces can treat. Of course, that can easily be remedied by using the Invisalign Smile Assessment, but people don’t know if I don’t tell them! You see, when Invisalign first came onto the market, it was a specific product that met a specific orthodontic need. As technology changed, so did the Invisalign product – but the general public wasn’t aware of those changes.
Part of this misconception is also due to the fact that Invisalign treatment has changed over the years, yet many dentists and orthodontists have not stayed up to date on the advances in technology when it comes to Invisalign treatment.
Invisalign can treat an entire range of dental problems, including things like underbites and overbites, crooked or crowded teeth, gapped teeth, open bites, crossbites – you can talk to your orthodontist to find out exactly what Invisalign can treat in your situation, or check out the Invisalign website for specific information on exactly what dental problems Invisalign can treat for you! You can also use the Invisalign Doctor Locator to find a qualified Invisalign-certified orthodontist in your area. I highly recommend using this tool, as that is how we found our orthodontist and he has been fantastic to work with!
He even offered to text Angeline every day to remind her to wear her Invisalign aligners after we got back from Europe and she had gotten out of the habit of wearing them properly!
In Angeline’s case, she had crooked teeth, spaced teeth, crowded teeth, a black triangle, and a tooth that needed to be pushed up. Her orthodontist created an Invisalign treatment plan that would correct all of those issues, and it has been smooth sailing! In fact, we already see such a noticeable difference that there are times Angeline argues with me, claiming that her teeth are already fixed and she should just move onto wearing retainers now.
Sigh. Teenagers…they think they know everything!
If you have dental problems that you would like to have corrected, I recommend using the Invisalign Smile Assessment to find out if Invisalign is the right choice for your treatment, and using the Doctor Locator to find a qualified orthodontist near you.
Why is it so important to use the Doctor Locator? Well, these doctors have undergone the training course offered by Align Technology, Inc., which is necessary to enable them to begin treating patients with the Invisalign system. If you are serious about having your dental problems corrected, it is best to find a doctor that is actually qualified to offer you every treatment option available.
I would love to hear from you if you have personal stories about Invisalign! Please leave me a comment if you have used Invisalign or your teenagers have!
I am a member of the Invisalign Teen Mom Advisory Board. My daughter has received complimentary treatment from Invisalign, but all opinions expressed are my own. http://www.invisalign.com/