By Gabrielle. Photos by Ben Blair for Design Mom.
Guess what. I’m 16 weeks into Invisalign treatment! And I’m kind of geeking out about it!!
I have been thinking about getting my teeth straightened for years, and finally, over the summer I made an appointment with Olive’s orthodontist here in Oakland, and took the plunge. Ben Blair is doing it too! Which means that next summer, both of us are going to wake up to a brand new smile. Which seems exciting and strange at the same time — I’ve been thinking this over for soooo long.
I confess, I was surprised to find myself thinking about my own teeth straightening, at the same time that my kids were going through braces. Yes, I had braces as a teenager, and assumed I would never have to think about my crooked teeth again. I was wrong! My top teeth have progressively become more crooked as the years go by.
Sometimes I see a photo of myself and all I notice is my wonky smile. I realize that’s a ridiculous thing to think. And then, even though I try hard to talk myself out of it, I find myself smiling with less of a full-grin — a sub-conscious attempt to hide my teeth. There are days when I get over myself and grin away, but other times, I hold back. What a shame that is!
Beyond my cosmetic desire for a more confident smile, a few years ago, I was also informed that I have an overbite that wasn’t corrected when I was a teenager, and that it is getting worse, and that it could lead to dental problems down the line. Ugh. All that to say, getting my teeth fixed has been on my mind for multiple reasons.
Turns out Ben Blair was having similar issues as well. He had braces as a teen, but has seen his teeth get crowded as he’s gotten older. And instead of an overbite, he has an underbite that needs to be corrected.
So we did it. We started Invisalign treatment on the same day!
Honestly, I don’t think I ever would have done it if Invisalign didn’t exist. Throughout the year I have speaking engagements and conferences and in-person events, and there are times where it would not be okay with me to be sporting traditional braces. Even if it was only for one year. I can remember years of my adult life where I probably wouldn’t have minded traditional braces, but these days, it’s harder. If Invisalign didn’t exist, I think I would have continued to put off treatment, like I have done for years.
But Invisalign is so flexible and discreet, that I feel like it’s totally doable. In fact, I’m wearing Invisalign in the photos on this post. It’s a pretty simple system. After molds are made from your teeth, you’re given sets of clear plastic retainers, called “trays”. Typically, you wear each set for two weeks, and your orthodontist might give you 3 or 4 or more sets of trays at a time. Which means you only have to visit the orthodontist every 2nd or 3rd month. A huge time saver!
You also receive two portable containers to keep them in. Red is for the trays you just finished, and blue is for your current trays. I wear the trays all day long and overnight too. I just take them out for eating. And if I’m speaking at an event, or meeting someone for a lunch, I can simply remove them for an hour or so.
So you can imagine how gung-ho I was when Invisalign reached out about a fun promotion they have going on. I couldn’t wait to share it with you! It’s called the Countdown to Confidence with Invisalign Sweepstakes. You can enter daily for a $100 cash prize, and each daily entry counts toward the Grand Prize drawing of Free Invisalign treatment! Plus $1000 cash!! Such a cool contest. You can enter daily to increase your chances (your teens can enter, too!). I hope you do enter. And I hope you win. And then we can do Invisalign together!
Click here for 8 things that have surprised me about Invisalign.