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(not so) Invisalign

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!

  • September 20, 2012 - 12:56 pm

    Brea - You are definitely not a freak! What a great deal though with the living social! Definitely a sign 🙂

    I can’t wait to see you show off your beautiful new smile with confidence once it’s all over!

  • September 20, 2012 - 1:12 pm

    Sarah - Rock that invisalign girl!!! You still have that great big smile that makes people smile too!! 😀

  • September 20, 2012 - 1:12 pm

    Kathy - I wore invisalign as my retainer after 2 years of braces – I WISH they were at the point then that they are now that they can be used in place of metal braces! You’re definitely not a freak and kudos for taking the plunge again to re-straighten your teeth. Best of luck!!

  • September 20, 2012 - 1:15 pm

    Jennifer Sulewski - Dani, you are too funny! Your story is just like mine. I had braces in middle school and hated them, so after I got them off I never wore my retainer again. So of course my teeth went right back to being crooked. I became very self-conscious about my smile the older I got. Three years ago I decided I was going to get braces. I wanted to do the Invisalign but once they told me I couldn’t eat and only drink water with them in, I knew they weren’t for me. They would have been out of my mouth more than in. I had braces on for 18 months and have had them off a year now. It was one of the best things I have done for myself and couldn’t be happier with my smile now!

    It will be well worth it and be over before you know it. Just hang in there! By the way you look great!

  • September 20, 2012 - 1:18 pm

    teri pozniak // tPoz - Great deal!! you’re gonna love the way you look! haha! (is that like a ross commercial or something!?)

  • September 20, 2012 - 1:51 pm

    mom - Okay, so let me say that as someone who lived through such difficult times along with you, I have to say that I’m INCREDIBLY proud of the beautiful woman and human being you have become….even before invisalign. When all this treatment is over, people are going to be wanting to take YOUR picture for a change, so you’d better be prepared!

  • September 20, 2012 - 1:59 pm

    Emily - You’re still beautiful and I still think you’re cool.

  • September 20, 2012 - 3:17 pm

    Ali - What a beautiful woman!!

  • September 20, 2012 - 4:29 pm

    Sarah - You will have to keep posting about them! I have been thinking about Invisalign for a while now to fix my bottom teeth. I almost also bought that deal (btw).

    ps: I also think your beautiful and super cool!

  • September 20, 2012 - 5:50 pm

    cara - I have never seen whiter teeth! Your smile is already gorgeous and you are already cute as buttons! However, my teeth returned to their old crookedness after enduring the pain and trauma of braces too. And braces did not up my game as I was already a bifocal wearing nerd in school, so I feel your pain. PS I saw you walk by here earlier today with the dogs… you are fit as a fiddle and tight as a tiger. Go’head gurl!

  • September 21, 2012 - 3:26 am

    Tina - Dani,there nothing about you that others do not love. Those invisaligns are you to make you more beautiful htan you already are!! Miss talking to you, but love to look @ your pictures that you post!! You do wonderful work and hopefully I may be able to refer you to someone soon!! Take care my friend!!

  • September 21, 2012 - 9:40 am

    Katie Nesbitt - Don’t feel bad! My mom has legit metal braces lol and she is about to turn 51!!!

  • September 21, 2012 - 9:50 am

    Theresa - I completely understand this and kind of have a phobia about my smile being photographed on my wedding day and in my engagement pictures. I’ve never had braces, invisalign, etc, but I REALLY do need them and need to make it happen so I can smile more confidently. I will definitely be chatting you up about this.

    You are beautiful and super fun and cool to be around! Thanks for sharing this 🙂 It makes me realize I’m not alone in it either.

  • September 21, 2012 - 10:04 am

    Mirtha - Listen to your mom!!! I love your smile! It is so unique, but if you need this for your self confidence, by all means go for it! I hope it works and you keep some of that wonderful smile of yours!!

  • September 24, 2012 - 10:09 pm

    Erica - Hey! I did the same thing. I had braces in middle school, never wore my retainer and then got invisalign a few years ago. You will get used to it soon and you will love the results 🙂

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