It has been about a year since Angeline began her Invisalign Teen treatment and we are coming up on the home stretch! As we are approaching April, Angeline should actually be on her last set of Invisalign Teen aligners...with her losing her aligners on our way to Europe last summer, and not wearing them properly during the holidays, we are a bit behind schedule. There were 21 sets of Invisalign Teen Aligners in her treatment plan, and we are currently on her 18th set.
This is where it gets real, unfortunately. I think it's a given with any medical treatment plan that you have to follow instructions and do what your doctor tells you in order for treatment to work, right? Well, with Angeline missing those two weeks and then not wearing her aligners properly (re: not wearing them 22 hours a day) during the holidays, not only is her treatment delayed a month or two, but it's actually affected the process as well. Angeline had several crooked teeth on the bottom front, and one of them has not turned as much as it was supposed to by this point. It has turned, but not all the way - and as soon as Angeline's orthodontist examined her last month, he noticed this and started lecturing Angeline about the importance of wearing her Invisalign aligners properly.
It is so important to have an orthodontist that is experienced with the Invisalign product because they know just what to do when these types of situations arise! You can use the Invisalign Dr Locator to find a qualified orthodontist in your area - believe me, the right doctor makes all the difference!
While Angeline been back on track for a few months, that one tooth isn't progressing the way it should have in her initial treatment plan. Her orthodontist said that we may have to extend her treatment for a month or two so that her teeth are perfect when we move onto wearing retainers. Luckily, that is all included in the cost of her Invisalign Teen treatment plan!
The most frustrating part about Angeline falling behind in her Invisalign treatment is that it has happened mostly due to sheer laziness. While Angeline wears her Invisalign aligners while she sleeps, and puts them back in after brushing her teeth in the morning, when she eats at school, she doesn't want to leave her friends to go brush her teeth, so she doesn't put them back in until she gets home from school. I have to constantly ask her when she gets home, "Are you wearing your aligners?" Otherwise, she forgets completely!
This wasn't a problem in the beginning of her treatment, but she got lazy once she saw that her teeth were so drastically improved. Now that she has gotten back into the habit, she laughs at me when I ask if she is wearing them - because she IS wearing them but as I've mentioned before, they are so clear and inconspicuous that I can't see them!
If you have been considering Invisalign treatment, either for yourself or for your teenager, I recommend using the Invisalign Smile Assessment to see if Invisalign can help you! Of course, you need to see an orthodontist for a consultation for Invisalign, and when you do, make sure to use the Invisalign Dr Locator to find qualified orthodontist.
This is a great way to find an orthodontist who has completed Invisalign training and is not only familiar with the product, but has experience using it! The Invisalign Advantage program designations of Preferred, Premier Preferred and Elite Preferred are mostly based on the number of Invisalign cases a dentist or orthodontist has submitted.
So what are you waiting for? Smiling doesn't just make us look happy, it helps us feel happier, and you know what they say, right?
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/