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, I also missed out on going to the Manchester orthodontics so no braces for me. (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.
My friends convinced me to finally visit a dentist and they told me why Advance Dental is the best. It sounded really great there but I had to find one that was a little closer to where I lived. 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.)
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.
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)
- 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.
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.
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.
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.