When my teenage daughter was told she might need braces, she came home in tears. When I told her she might qualify for an alternative called Invisalign, she brightened considerably. So I tend to believe the results of a recent nationwide survey conducted by Align Technology, the makers of Invisalign. They asked 510 teens ages 12 to 17 about braces and self image.
Teens are not unlike aging baby boomers — conscious of their looks. A majority of the teen respondents said they would be even more self conscious than they already are if they had to wear metal braces. (Keep in mind that teen years are a highly self conscious period in most lives anyway.) According to the survey, Invisalign changed their attitude when they realized they would be able to wear something nearly invisible.
One teen said, "With Invisalign, it’s cool because your teeth are getting straighter, but people don’t even realize you have them. I don’t worry about wearing my aligners during cheerleading, winter guard or swim practice either. They are safe to wear and they don’t interfere with my life.”
Only 4% of respondents said they would smile more while wearing metal braces, and over one third believe their peers with metal braces are made fun of. By creating Invisalign Teen, it sounds like Align Technology has come up with a viable alternative for image conscious teenagers who need their teeth straightened.
Read the complete results here.
Back on a personal note, we haven't chosen the braces for my daughter yet. What advice would you give us?