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Life With Clear Braces The Good The Bad And The Lipstick

Hey Cuties,

So much has happened and I can’t wait to share it all with you.  Last week was a big one, in the interest of self-care I have taken this thing to the next level. At the age of 38 years + 6 months I have braces A-G-A-I-N! Eeeeek!

Backstory: Growing up I was an entire asshole when it came to going to the dentist. It hurt, and I didn’t like the people so I would do what I knew how to do best. Turn the place OUT! I would scream and cry and fight the nurse like a full-on crazy person. Those aren’t my proudest moments but I was a kid. Being a jerk is legit what kids do.

Although I’m happy to report those days are long gone. However, that foolish behavior came with a price. As a result of not going to the dentist like I should. (My mom quit tolerating the bs and embarrassment and quit taking me.) This meant stuff was going on and I was not getting it taken care of. Be better than me.

Fast forward several years and I found the most amazing dental office. I was deathly afraid my first couple of cleaning visits but they have earned my trust and got my teeth back to full health. I love them so much I allowed them to put a screw in my gum to fix my less than perfect smile with an implant.  Now it is time to straighten up my pearly whites.  In walks Invisalign: Clear aligners, also known as clear-aligner treatment, are orthodontic devices that are a transparent, plastic form of dental braces used to adjust teeth. 

Basic Invisalign Rules:

  • You are supposed to wear your Invisalign for 22 hours. HELLO TWENTY TWO HOURS! You know we only have 24 hours in a day right? Oh, okay!
  • You can not eat anything with your trays in.
  • You can only drink water with your trays in.
  • They put “buttons” on your teeth that your trays hook on.
    (If you zoom in on the LipBar lipstick pic below you can see the buttons.)

the best lipstick for clear braces

This is what my new life looks like, brushing my teeth at work.

I am only a week in and it is has been an adjustment. It has been a relatively okay experience thus far; not a cake walk but not misery either.

What I learned 1 week in:

  • Practice taking your trays in and out is important. There is a “way” to do it.
  • My teeth were very tender the first 3 days when I removed my trays. This means every time I get new trays (every 2 weeks) my teeth will be tender for a few days.
  • Talking with a lisp is not cute. You may like it and that is fine but I do not.
  • I knew I loved to eat (Hello I’m a true Fat Girl), what I did not realize is how much I eat and drink nonwater.
  • I brush my teeth at least 4 times a day.
  • You will learn to brush your teeth anywhere.

the best lipstick for clear braces

You need to clean your teeth after every meal and after every nonwater beverage.  For me, I have breakfast at work, so I brush my teeth there. I was out running errands and grabbed lunch, I had to brush my teeth in the car. You will need to brush your teeth on the go so be prepared. I created my own kit to make the constant brushing process much easier.

Brush Kit Supplies:

  • Little pouch (I already had this one around the house)
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Floss
  • Mouthwash
  • Optional – Hand sanitizer
  • Optional – Bottle of water

I have a kit in my purse, one in my glove box, and one at work. My Invisalign came with two storage cases so I keep one in my purse and the other in the office.

the best lipstick for clear braces

My signature Red Ruby Woo Lipstick

My first epic Invisalign fail was wearing my signature red Ruby Woo lipstick with my clear braces. I looked like I had been punched in my mouth and had blood everywhere. The worse part is I don’t know how long I walked around and spoke to people before anyone told me I had lipstick on my teeth. *eye roll* So I decided to seek out a lip paint/liquid lipstick that would not rub off on my braces. I purchased two brands from Target and wore one each day so I could decide if it was the one for me.

the best lipstick for clear braces the lip bar boy trouble

This is Boy Trouble by The Lip Bar. This is $13 from Target (It is cheaper on Target.com) This was a nice color, but more orange than red. I will wear it again, it just won’t be my signature. Bonus points for the packaging, it is so cute.

the best lipstick for clear braces Milani devotion

This is Devotion by Milani $8 and it is my new signature red. I love everything about it, I took this picture in the house so it might be a bit more vibrant in natural light. This will be my signature and for this price, I can afford to indulge in a few other colors and not break the bank. I have my eye on a bold pink and a nude I plan to pick up this weekend.

What you need to survive wearing clear removable braces:

  • You have to be dedicated to the process. Your teeth are not going to magically move on there own. If that was the case you would not need braces.
  • Know your end goal: I want to get get rid of spaces between my teeth and fix my buck teeth.
  • Know the length of your treatment plan: Mine is a 10-month plan. Fun Fact: I wore braces as a teenager for 11 months to fix the same issue. *insert teenage eye roll*
  • I know I said this already, but you must be disciplined!
  • I do NOT recommend removable braces for children. Even adults struggle to commit to the process. Unless you don’t mind tossing thousands of dollars out the window. In which case you can push and pull your little red wagon any way you see fit.

One week in with Invisalign clear braces has taught Lifestyle Media Correspondent MimiCuteLips a thing or two. She figured out the best lipstick for clear braces. What you need to brush your teeth on the go and be successful with your treatment plan. #ClearBraces #Invisalign

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Article written by:

Mimi Green is the Lifestyle Media Correspondent and editor behind MimiCuteLips®. She is a mother of two and a girlfriend to one. You can find Mimi working media at your favorite events, traveling and trying out new adventures, or working on a dope DIY project.

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  1. Sheena Steward

    This color lip looks good on you and can we mention the hair color too. It all goes well together. I like your you’re taking the proper steps now and hopefully this experience is smooth for you.

  2. Keisha Adinkra

    Your Red lipsticks are always pop’n! I don’t think it’s ever to late to do something that makes us happy or feel good/look good! Do what makes you happy. I’m sure your new smile is going to be equally as gorgeous as it is now 🙂

  3. Leslie

    I can relate to this. I moved from Md to Fl and had to start a braces to invisalign journey all over again. I hope yours is a great one and happy to hear you found a lippie that works!

  4. Lia World Traveler

    Sounds like you are figuring it out and really have a good system going. Will share this with any of my friends thinking of or getting Invisalign.

  5. Kita

    My dentist says Invisalign will work to close the gap in my teeth. But I like my gap. I feel like it’s a part of who I am. Maybe. Goodluck with you trays.

  6. Antoinette Cain

    Although it sounds very time-consuming, it’ll be worth it in the end. LOL at your childhood dentist visit story. Sounds like my son. I can laugh…now.

    • MimiCuteLips

      It will totally be worth it and I have to wear them less than a year. Girl, a mess. We can laugh at it now too; my mother was not amused before.

  7. Elle (CleverlyChanging)

    I’m so glad that there are new options so people don’t have to be teased for being metal mouths. Invisalign is affordable and the results work.

    • MimiCuteLips

      They work, if you do the work for sure. I would not get them for kids though. My son has regular wire braces. He likes them though.

  8. Toni

    I remember growing up I always wanted braces, lol. I am noticing more and more adults are getting them. I am sure like with everything else, it’s an adjusting period. While your just figuring out how to be with them. You look absolutely fab!

    • MimiCuteLips

      It is funny you say that because I noticed that as well. I know a good amount of us had them as kids but did not wear our retainers and our teeth shifted back.
      I’m trying to keep it cute while wearing them.

  9. Kiwi

    OMG the LipBar is in Target? I remember them from SharkTank and they wouldnt invest in her but good to see she is thriving in Target. I love Milani Matte Collection it last all day too!

  10. Kristin

    I know about that braces life. I had them on twice when I was younger because I refused to wear a retainer after my first one! I appreciate the clear braces now! I was just talking to a friend on Sunday about a good lipstick that goes on smooth and stays! I will definitely check out these options

  11. Ola

    What a funny story! I’ve always wonders how invisiline worked. That’s pretty cool – well all except for not being able to eat spontaneously.

  12. Tomiko

    I wish I could wear a red lip! I just got my teeth whitened 2 weeks ago I’m sure this would have been less expensive

    • MimiCuteLips

      This lip paint would be perfect for you. It dries soon as you put it on. It won’t smudge or rub off on your teeth. that is why I love it so much.

  13. Olena

    The tips your provided in this post are great, and I think the on-the-go kit you have is great for anyone. I like both shade of the red lippies on you. I’m loving the affordability on the Milani shade the best!

    • MimiCuteLips

      The kit is golden, I’ve brushed my teeth in all kind of crazy places.
      The price is so good, I purchased 2 more colors.

  14. Sanaa Brooks

    Omg! This looks like SO much freaking work. I always wanted to fix my teeth but now that I’m older I’m like f*ck it! THIS post just made me say that even more. Lol OMG! (Trust mine are horrible, so it’s not like I’d be doing this for a few months and be done. So no point now. Lol) But my daughter is going to need them so I’ll start her early. Why is this so much work though? Lol OMG!

    • MimiCuteLips

      It takes a lot of self-discipline. I’m now two weeks in and it would have been easier to just get the old school clear wire braces. This way you can eat what you want at all times. That is the hardest part.

  15. Stacie

    I’ve been thinking about this because my teeth have been shifting at night. I think I have to get to that dentist asap though so I can figure out what’s happening.

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