Being a teenager is tough enough without crooked teeth or bulky braces. What’s worse, the pain of a crooked smile doesn’t fade with age. Countless middle-age moms cringe when they see their adolescent children reliving the same painful smile that’s plagued them for years. The rest of the world notices, too: A new study confirms that straight teeth make people seem happier, friendlier, healthier — even more popular and trustworthy. (See the results in the graphic below.) If you’ve got a crooked smile, don’t despair. Now there’s a new way to straighten out your smile permanently with an FDA-approved method that’s nearly invisible and comparable to braces.

Invisalign uses clear, nearly invisible braces (called aligners) to straighten teeth — without any clunky metal or wires. (Remember the days when kids called a braces-wearer metal mouth? Thank goodness, your kids won’t have to hear it.) Using Invisalign, you can expect to straighten teeth in about a year if you suffer from overly crowded teeth, widely spaced teeth, crossbite, overbite, or underbite. Of course, total time varies, depending on the severity of the case.

How It Works

Invisalign is a super-simple process. First, detailed impressions of the teeth are taken. Then, proprietary 3D-computer imaging technology maps your total treatment plan. Next, you receive your first set of aligners, which remain in place for approximately two weeks. The aligners gradually move teeth into position. You’ll visit the doctor about once every six weeks to check on progress and receive your next few sets of aligners.

Why Choose Invisalign

Invisalign offers several benefits over traditional teeth straighteners like braces and retainers. First, they’re nearly undetectable. They can be removed, a convenience during brushing and flossing. Unlike with traditional braces, no food restrictions apply while using aligners. The best bonus: they’re comfortable. Aligners are made of custom-fitted, lightweight plastic that require no wires or metal brackets that can poke and tear at the mouth and gums.

Getting Started

The cost of a permanently straight smile — feeling better about yourself — is priceless. The price of Invisalign is comparable to that of braces — about $5,000 — and most insurance will cover some portion of Invisalign, the same way it covers braces. (Minor alignment issues run about $1,600 – $2,300.) Financing options are available, too. Right now, one lucky mom gets a straight smile nearly free!

Moms who enter Invisalign’s Smile Sweepstakes, conducted with Mom It Forward, have a chance to win an American Express Gift Card in the amount of $1,500 toward an Invisalign or Invisalign Teen treatment. Two $150 American Express Gift Cards runner-up prizes will also be awarded. For details and to enter, log on to

Ready to take the first step toward a straight smile? Visit to learn more and find an Invisalign Elite Premier Provider near you.

Note: This blog post is sponsored by Invisalign.