Like everyone else, I had braces and I HATED them. Loathed. I never left the dentist office not in tears. He would even call my parents the next day and follow up about the appointment, make sure I was ok, send me postcards saying it will be over before you know it, hang in there, *insert many more motivational sayings here* and he probably sent those too. But you have to understand, I was not a very pretty girl in high school, I was made fun of for everything by people who didn’t matter in the long run but you couldn’t have convinced me of that then. I bet it didn’t help much that I was a band and choir dork (who to my credit also played sports). It was just bad. Therapy inducing bad.
After my braces came off my dentist told me I would be wearing a mouth guard. Are you kidding me? I am in 10th grade and you want me to wear a mouth guard?? Can you imagine that? Slurping first, then removing the mouth guard every time I wanted to talk? Can you even imagine the jokes I would get then??? That is what I have heard other dentists call improper age related retention. So, needless to say, my teeth moved. And for years I have been thinking about either getting them all pulled and getting dentures because the thought of having braces again made me want to die inside or getting invisalign. I had gotten a quote from a new dentist and it was crazy expensive, not that it wouldn’t be worth it but with a price tag of $5,500 I decided maybe I didn’t need it so bad. Especially since I think someone should be paying me to wear them. A few weeks after I got that quote, Living Social (of all places) had a deal for a complete invisalign package for $2,750 delivered straight to my inbox. Damnit, Living Social, I hate you. Ugh. Was it a sign? Maybe this dentist would be awesome and nice and not have to send me postcards because I wouldn’t leave crying. It is crazy cheap compared to the quote and included everything, all appointments, xrays, molds, all the trays, everything. So lame and great at the same time.
So. I did it. Today I have had invisalign for one week and one day. And while I feel like I look like a total freak (because for some amount of time, I have to have these weird buttons on a few of my teeth to help them move into place which is why I think it is not so invisalign, since it should be invisible), I am much more comfortable in my own skin being old and not a teenager, I could care less what people think (unless you all stop booking me because I look like a freak – dudes, I will have these things gone by your weddings, and I am still so cool!), I have amazing friends that love me not matter what and I just think it is sad for me to photograph everyone’s gorgeous smiles and be disappointed about my own. Making people smile and giggle and laugh so I can get epic pictures of them is my whole life. I just want it to look as amazing as all of your amazing smiles!!
This is me now. Total freak, right? 😉 Ask me about it! I would love to talk about it!! Makes me feel more comfortable knowing people know what it is and not be wondering what the hell is wrong with my mouth. And keep booking me! Prove me wrong that this will effect my business! And that people are genuinely nice and understand and that looks don’t matter!