Invisalign: The New Alternative to Braces!

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

I recently had the opportunity to learn ALL about Invisalign about my mini bloggy boot camp and I really learned a lot and am excited to share with you about this great alternative to braces!

When I was a kid I was lucky enough to never have to go through the braces phase.  I do NOT have perfect teeth (more on that later) but they are kind of in the "eh, not that bad" category so my parents decided that braces were not really worth it for me.

That's not to say that I didn't have tons of friends who had braces though! When I was in elementary school and middle school, it wasn't that big of a deal.  I actually remember being a little jealous of when my friends would come in having just had their braces redone in red and green Christmas colors or red and white if it was baseball season for the Phillies.  I thought that was so cool that they could make their teeth coordinate with different events. Hah!

However, after we got into Junior High, High School, and then even college, I was DEFINITELY not jealous of any of my friends who still had braces! You can call me shallow, but I remember a girl in my freshman class of college who was really pretty but came into college for the first time still wearing braces, and I just couldn't get past that!

That's why it was so nice to really sit down and LEARN about what Invisalign really is.  I've heard of it before, but I was never really sure on the specifics. So let me set it straight for you! Invisalign is a new alternative to braces. Invisalign's goal is to straighten your teeth in a MUCH more discrete way than using braces!

Just look at the side-by-side between braces and Invisalign:

WHAT a difference!

Invisalign works with clear aligning "trays" that are specifically created for your teeth of a clear and thin plastic that slips on over your teeth.  Every two weeks you switch to a new tray that eventually works to straighten your teeth!

Come on now, I've never even had braces and I can think of three HUGE reasons right off the bat as to why these are SO much more awesome than traditional braces:
1. They don't look like you are wearing anything on your teeth at all!
2. No more not being able eat apples, corn on the cob, etc. Eat whatever you want! You take the trays off during meal times.
3. You can take them off.  Going to prom? Having a little smootchy smootchy alone time with your man? Invisalign is NOT a permanent part of your mouth and can be easily removed.

Invisalign even has a new program, Invisalign Teen that makes this great new alternative available to pre-teens and teens. (Someone really should have explained this to that girl in my freshman class!)

So, we are all obviously following all of the benefits of Invisalign so far.  So why would you still choose braces? I don't know! Invisalign is essentially the same cost as braces, and doesn't require as many doctors appointments.  It is even covered by dental insurance! (To the limits of your insurance of course.  I know this because I called to find out how much would be covered for me to get Invisalign after this event THAT'S how much I really enjoyed learning about this new way to straighten teeth!

I personally would consider Invisalign.  My teeth, like I mentioned before, fell into the the "not bad" category when I was little.  However, just recently ONE LITTLE TOOTH decided it was not happy where it was (all my life) and has jutted out against my two front teeth. It's really kind of hard to tell from these pictures, but the photo on the left was probably about 6 years ago, and the one on the right is from just last weekend.  The tooth directly to the left (in the photo) of my two front teeth has changed in the past few years and has been driving me nuts.  However, at the *ripe* old age of 22 I would NEVER consider starting with braces now.  I'm starting out in life with my husband and trying to really create a professional appearance at my job, and having braces on would NOT help that image!

Starting with a clear alternative to braces however, exactly what Invisalign is, I would MUCH more be likely to consider. The event I went to had a panel or real teens who have used Invisalign and NO ONE knew they were wearing their Invisalign trays unless they told them! No more metal mouth - no more smiling only with your lips closed - no more!

So - what do you think? Do you know anyone who as used Invisalign or would you ever consider it for yourself or even your kids?

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This is a sponsored post, but all opinions are my own. This is totally a product I would consider using!


  1. I've heard great things about invisalign, but I also don't think there is anything wrong with metal braces--nor do I think that people look unprofessional with them. I know people in their 40's and 50's with metal braces, and I think they look fine--plus these people are able to hold their professional jobs as teachers, NASA employees, church administration, etc. without trouble :)

  2. After reading your post, I had to take some time to calm down. As Janet said, there is nothing wrong with metal braces and the fact you think that you cannot have a professional image at your job with braces really upset me. You are young and have so many options at your disposal in regards to braces and now insurance may cover the expense. There are some of us in our 40's and 50's and we did not have those choices when we were in school so many of us could not get the braces. Also, there are people that need to wear braces due to physical issues with their skeletal makeup. Can you imagine not being able to bite a piece of pizza because your teeth do not meet? Usually, these types of problems need to be fixed over many, many years and until your bones stop growing and moving, some of the work cannot be completed. So, if someone, who has been going through these procedures since they were 5 and now need to wear braces in their 20's - they aren't "professional"? Yes, I am passionate about this because I have a family member that is going through this. Plus, people that are experiencing this may STILL need to have jaw surgery. I just ask that you think about others before you make these types of comments.

  3. Barbara, if you had your email connected to your account I would have emailed you back directly like I did Janet. I apologize if this post came off as people with metal braces are unprofessional or something like that - that is NOT what I meant. I just know that for someone LIKE ME, at MY AGE at 22 trying to enter the professional world and seem competent, having braces might make people guess I'm younger than I am since typically younger people have braces. It's just at my age it's a tough call and can go either way. It's just my opinion and no way indicative of a persons competence, but just another way I feel society judges people. Sorry if I offended you!