This post is sponsored by Invisalign.
About two years ago, at the end of my daughter’s dental checkup, my dentist gave me a sympathetic look and said the word I’d been expecting for a while: braces.
I wasn’t surprised. We all knew she’d eventually need them. But memories of my own braces made me tired just thinking about it…for Mimi, and for Rael and me. Orthodontics are a major undertaking for the entire family.
I also had a chip on my shoulder because my middle school orthodontist cheerfully told me to throw my retainers away at the end of my treatment. So, as an adult, my teeth are crooked again.
We visited a local orthodontist who told us my daughter should wait till middle school to begin treatment, so we filed the paperwork away and made plans to get back in touch when she was ready.
Then, about nine months ago, Invisalign contacted me to discuss a partnership. Needless to say my ears perked up because my daughter is now in middle school and the time to make a decision had come.
(If you’re not familiar with Invisalign, it’s an alternative to traditional braces that uses a series of clear, removable plastic aligners to gradually reposition and straighten teeth.)
After much back-and-forth discussion and an updated orthodontic evaluation, we determined that not only is Mimi a good candidate for Invisalign, so am I. So this month, we embark on a mother-daughter adventure in orthodontia!
The opportunity to work with Invisalign is a fantastic one for my family (given that our dental insurance doesn’t cover orthodontic treatment). But that’s not enough to get me to sign on with a sponsor. It wouldn’t be helpful if all I did were to subject you to pictures of Mimi’s and my open mouths followed by shiny, happy stories about our experience.
I’ll be documenting our treatment over the next year or so to share what Invisalign is really like (warts and all). When I was researching treatment options for my daughter, I pored over personal accounts of treatment online. Many people love Invisalign, and others don’t like it at all. My goal is to provide an honest, balanced appraisal of how (or if) Invisalign works for us — the difficulties as well as the benefits.
I’ve also heard there’s quite a difference between the teen and adult Invisalign experience. According to our orthodontist, adults can be harder to treat than teens because they’re less reliable about wearing their aligners! I’m a rule-follower, so I don’t expect that will be a problem, but time will tell.
I’m excited to be able to do this with my daughter and to share it here with you. If you’ve got orthodontic treatment in your future, I hope you’ll follow along.
I’m a member of the Invisalign Mom Advisory Board, and my daughter and I are receiving complimentary treatment as part of this program. For more about how I approach working with sponsors, read my Sponsored Content FAQ.