Invisalign Where Were You?

What an opportunity it was to see the Invisalign presentation during the Mini-Bloggy Boot Camp with The Sits Girls here in Houston. Invisalign was gracious enough to host the event and sponsor this post. We Houston bloggers got to meet some new faces while eating and learning together. Thank you Tiffany, Fransesca and Alison for teaching us so many valuable blogging and SEO tips. Now let’s talk about the quest for straighter teeth!

Mini Bloggy Boot Camp in Houston attended by @PamelaMKramer

If you wore braces as a teenager then you might have been asking the same question as the rest of us in the room. Invisalign where were you? Based on my own experience I thought I was in for life! My story starts in the 5th grade and ends seven long years later. Maybe because I kept breaking my bands or I didn’t wear my headgear enough? Why would you want to wear something that keeps your teeth in a constant state of tenderness? My band fit all the way around my teeth. When they had to be replaced, it was awful.

They would put the new band on a cold block and spread this clay on the inside and press it down around the entire tooth! Ewww it still gives me chills to think about it. It was horrifically cold and I hated every minute of wearing braces. The wires would come loose and off we would go on an emergency visit to get the wire cut loose from the inside of my cheek. Remember those tiny rubber bands that you would have to attach to your braces from top to bottom and you could only get your mouth open so wide? Oh the wax! Do you remember the wax you had to use to keep the inside of your cheeks from getting scraped?

Have you ever been accidentally hit in the mouth with braces on? OUCH! After seven long suffering years I finally got my smile.

Braces the full seven years by @pamelamkramer

Those old school braces are not for the weary! I will always have a reminder because the lower set of my teeth have a permanent imprint from those bands. Either way I was happy to be free of them and thanks to technology I found out, it doesn’t have to be this way…

Dr. Halford gave a fantastic presentation showing us just how easy it could be to wear Invisalign as a teenager or an adult. The 3-D imaging technology is taking straightening teeth to a whole new level. As a former patient and mother of children who will wear braces in the future I enjoyed listening to the presentation and to the guest panelists. The panelist were two parents and their two teenagers who are Invisalign customers. They gave great insight to some of the common questions that everyone had in the room.

Invisalign presentation images by @PamelaMKramer

All of our questions were answered and I’m going to look into my own insurance provider for the next one of our children who needs braces. Our son has the old fashioned braces now because we didn’t know enough about Invisalign. We have already had the emergency trip to the office to get the wire clipped and he’s already been hit in the face. I know exactly how much those are costing us right now.

There are many benefits to using Invisalign instead of braces and I urge you to research the technology and how it works for yourself. Visit them on Facebook and review some of their tabs for more information. You can follow along on Twitter too and see the many pics that Invisalign customers are sharing. Do you think Invisalign might be right for you or your teen? Find a doctor near you!


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  • Sara P.

    I was lucky in that I didn’t need braces as a kid, but if I needed them now, Invisalign would be my pick!

    • PamelaMKramer

      Sara you are NOT kidding! If I could do it over again I’m sure my Mom would have let me get Invisalign. :)

  • Taylor Brione

    Wow! Seven years is a long time! But you have a beautfiul smile now, so it all worked out! Now, you just wont torture your kids that way! :) I know I won’t!

    • PamelaMKramer

      Thank you Taylor! I will not torture my children. lol
      Technology has come too far for all that.

  • Jennifer P. Williams

    I was definitely pleasantly surprised with all of the information that was shared. If one of my kids ever needs braces this will be a real possibility for us.

    • PamelaMKramer

      Me too! I always thought the cost was way out of our reach. I just didn’t know enough about it before but now I know. :)

  • Lydia R

    I keep wondering if these will work for my daughter (who I’m pretty sure will need them eventually). :)

    • PamelaMKramer

      You know Lydia I’m wondering about them for myself. My bottom teeth are no longer wanting to stay straight. Boo!

  • Andrea Emilien

    Yes! Where were you Invisalign?! I spent 4 years in wires and spent so many weeks with torn up cheeks because of too long wires and thanking the good Lord for dental wax.

    • PamelaMKramer

      Oh girl those torn up cheeks are so unpleasant! Technology has come a long way. Thanks for stopping by to read and leave a comment.

  • Ashley @irishred02

    I was lucky to never need braces but I know if my kids ever do I will look for invisalign!

    • PamelaMKramer

      You are lucky! lol – Good genes. :)

  • Amy Reilly

    Thanks for this post! I REALLY needed braces a sa kid/teen/adult but never got them due to cost. And I’ve been debating pursuing Invisalign for a few years now….

    • PamelaMKramer

      It can’t hurt to check it out! :)
      Happy to help Amy.

  • David Williams

    How funny, I just took Kaylea (middle daughter) into the Orthodontist today to discuss…braces! I did ask about Invisalign unfortunately, she’s not a candidate for them. Looks like they will be on for 18-20 months. Now me…when I was about 12 or 13 I was given the option to wear braces for four years or…get 7 teeth pulled! Of course being a 12/13 year old boy…I chose the teeth removal! Hahaha, sigh…I have NO pointy teeth. :)

    • PamelaMKramer

      Ouch. Before I got my braces I had to have 8 teeth pulled too. They were all molars. I had too many teeth!