Braces Then, Invisalign Now

Braces Then, Invisalign Now

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

When I was a kid we used to pretend to have braces.

We would unfold paper clips and hold them over our teeth and call them "braces." Yes, I'm admitting this.

Then all of my friends and classmates actually starting getting braces around middle school. There were rubber bands involved, a lot of metal, no gum, no candy, scraped lips, and wax. I heard about my friends' doctor visits and how painful it was. I heard a lot about the discomfort.

Luckily, I never needed braces. But my mom had them, a close friend, and now that I'm a mother, when it comes to teeth, I'm always worrying about whether my children will need braces. It always seemed to be such an investment of time, money, and comfort.

With that in mind, I attended my first official blogger event in Phoenix! I got to meet Dr. Thomas S. Shipley, DMD, MS, and he told us all about the world of Invisalign.  

I've heard of Invisalign before but I didn't realize just how flexible they really are. In more ways than one! The idea is that they are virtually invisable. Get it? INVISA-lign. They are also molded to the teeth and gently straighten teeth over time. 

The biggest difference between braces then and Invisalign now is there is no metal involved! No wires, no brackets. Invisalign is completely clear and can barely be seen. 


Can you see them? 

Yeah, I know. It's a blurry picture because I just couldn't get a focus. But, it actually worked out because it's like in real life - you can barely see them on real teeth, too!

Invisalign was, at first, primarily used for adults. However, Invisalign just recently added Invisalign Teen for teenagers. As the mom of a teenager, I totally understand how braces could get it in the way of high school life. Especially, for those like my son who play sports.

But here's where I was impressed...they're removable! So there are no food restrictions. And the process of straightening teeth no longer gets in the way of sports. So teenagers who want to eat pizza? Go for it. Play football? Have fun! This is also great for hygiene  Because Invisalign is removable  regular teeth brushing and flossing can continue. Dr. Shipley explained that this leads to less staining and cavities that used to be caused by braces.

One of the aspects that surprised me the most is that rubber bands that are needed for alignment can still be used with Invisalign.

The cost of Invisalign is comparable to traditional braces and varies depending on the orthodontist. But what can be noted is that there are less orthodontist visits, less maintenance, either routine or emergency, and they can sometimes work even faster than traditional braces when straightening teeth. 

I think one of the biggest advantages to using Invisalign is how much more comfortable they look. My little cousin recently finally got her metal braces off. But while she had them, every adjustment made her sore and she couldn't eat a lot of things that she liked. The discomfort from her metal braces wasn't just a one time occurrence  It came every time she had an adjustment, which seemed often. I love that Invisalign seems so much less painful. And who doesn't want to eat what they like?

These babies were served at the Invisalign event. Good thing my dentist wasn't invited!

Of course, I wrote brownies. What did you think I would write - my kids??? 

Learn more about how Invisalign works here. Dr. Shipley is located in Phoenix but if you'd like to locate an orthodontist who offers Invisalign in your area, click here.

After meeting with Dr. Shipley, I am convinced that Invisalign is what I would want for my children should they ever need braces in the future.

So what say you? Traditional braces or Invisalign?

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


  1. I had the traditional when I was young, because there was no other option. The tightening was stressful. Keeping everything hygienic was another major task. Invisalign looks awesome. There are so many positives.

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