Invisalign Blog Hop: Win Invisalign Treatment!

The Invisalign Mom Advisory Board is currently holding a blog hop sweepstakes!! I know I've mentioned before to my regular readers that I am on the Invisalign Mom Advisory Board. While most of the ladies on the Invisalign Mom Advisory Board have a teenager in treatment, my involvement is very personal.

I'm not quite ready to show you all the before pictures, but they are... interesting. Every time I look at them, I get tears in my eyes. I cover my teeth as much as possible, and have even noticed that I'm pronouncing words differently in an attempt to cover the issues I have. If you look through some of my pictures, you won't have too tough of a time seeing what I'm talking about.

I have lots of work ahead of me, but one thing I'm sure of is that Invisalign, with their cutting-edge technology is up for the task. Earlier this year, I got to tour the corporate offices. I was overwhelmed by the level of technology involved in designing and creating these "little plastic trays." I was even more amazed by the broad range of cases Invisalign is able to treat.

But you're probably wondering how you can win some trays, aren't you? Okay... here's the skinny on the blog hop:

Invisalign is proud to sponsor the Invisalign Teen Blog Hop Sweepstakes, hosted by the Invisalign Teen Mom Advisory Board (MAB) bloggers.  The Blog Hop takes place from April 11, 2001 thru April 30, 2011, across 5 MAB blogger sites.  During the Blog Hop, each of the bloggers will post the answer to one of the top questions asked about Invisalign.  To participate, visit each blogger’s site to review the question, and then go to the next blogger’s site to collect the answer.  Enter the sweepstakes by completing an official entry form for a chance to win the Grand Prize of Invisalign or Invisalign Teen treatment or two runner-up prizes of a $100 American Express Gift Card.  Winners will be randomly selected on or before April 30, 2011 from all valid entries received.

So basically, each of us on the advisory board poses a question and the next one in line answers it. Here are the sites that have already posted questions and answers from the previous site:

Anissa Mayhew kicks it off with Q1: What is Invisalign and how does it work?

Elizabeth (aka Busy Mom) takes Q2: Is Invisalign covered by insurance?

The lovely Linda Sellers takes Q3: How do I know if my teen or I are candidates for treatment?

Amanda (the other mom in treatment) tackles Q4: What type of cases will Invisalign treat? Will Invisalign work for me?

That's my cue!

The answer to Question #4 is...

Many people believe that Invisalign is only affective at treating minor orthodontic issues, but the fact is that their 96% patient satisfaction rate is the result of successfully treating a broad range of cases, from overly crowded teeth and underbites to jaw problems and tooth misalignment.

Here are some of the common conditions currently treated with Invisalign; if there is a specific issue that you do not see addressed here, please contact your Invisalign Provider for more information and to see if Invisalign is right for you.

SPACED TEETH

This occurs with abnormal continued growth of the jaw bone. When teeth are missing, this can also be caused by the surrounding teeth shifting due to extra space. Spacing issues between teeth can lead to gum problems (due to lack of protection by the teeth), periodontal pockets and increased risk of periodontal disease.

OVERLY CROWDED TEETH

This occurs when there is simply a lack of room within your jaw for all of your teeth to fit normally. When left untreated, overly crowded teeth can get worse over time. This crowding can lead to plaque accumulation, tooth decay and an increased chance of gum disease.

CROSSBITE

This occurs when the upper and lower jaws are both misaligned. It causes one or more upper teeth to bite on the inside of the lower teeth, and can happen on both the front and the sides of the mouth. This can lead to abnormal tooth wear and chipping, and periodontal problems including gum disease and bone loss.

UNDERBITE

This occurs when the lower teeth protrude past the front teeth. It’s usually caused by undergrowth of the upper jaw, overgrowth of the lower jaw, or both. It can also be caused by missing upper teeth. This can prevent the normal function of front teeth or molars, which can lead to tooth wear. It can also cause painful jaw and joint problems.

OVERBITE

What people commonly refer to as an "overbite" is known to dental professionals as "overjet". It occurs when the upper teeth bite over the lower teeth. It’s typically caused by genetics, bad oral habits, or overdevelopment of the bone that supports the teeth. This can lead to gum disease and chipped or fractured front teeth.

Check out the Self Assessment Tool to see if you are a candidate for Invisalign.

And that brings us to me (Hi, I'm Sugar. Nice to meet you.) and QUESTION #5:

HOW MUCH DOES INVISALIGN COST?

For that answer to that question, you'll need to go visit my awesome friend, Anissa Mayhew's post this Friday, April 22.

How to Enter:

1.  Visit all 5 participating blogs, and read the 6 posts listed above, to collect answers to the 5 Questions About Invisalign.

2.  Insert the 5 answers into the entry form located here:    (http://www.surveygizmo.com/s/484893/invisalign-blog-hop)

OR

1. Send a stamped 3” x 5” postcard with the 5 answers and your name, address, and contact phone number to:  INVISALIGN TEEN MAB BLOG HOP SWEEPSTAKES, PO Box 1093 Chino Hills, CA  91709.

Optional Additional Entries:

1. Tweet: “I just entered to win FREE #Invisalign treatment at Name of Blog (insert blog link to Blog Hop post)!” - then insert a link to your tweet in the entry form.

2. Take the Invisalign Teen Self Assessment (http://www.invisalign.com/Pages/Teen-Self-Assessment-Tool.aspx)- then insert the answer you received from the assessment on the entry form.

For official rules, visit: Invisalign Teen Blog Hop Sweepstakes

As a member of the Invisalign Mom Advisory Board, I am receiving treatment so that I can share my actual experience with you.