It is almost unbelievable to think that it’s been over 2 months since I began my journey with Invisalign. I remember my initial concerns mostly being about comfort and confidence. I was nervous about them being painful during the entire process. My first set of aligners were tight and the pressure was tough in the beginning, but 2 days later they felt completely normal, and each set after that fit great as well. I also was nervous about talking to people or smiling because I just knew they would notice them. But each time I would confess that I was doing the treatment they were always shocked.
I’ve been closely monitoring my progress, taking pictures every week of my smile to see how things have developed, and I’m starting to notice a change—not only in my smile but in my confidence. I smile a lot more than I used to. I wouldn’t say I was ashamed of my smile before, but I was definitely contemplating how to smile just so you couldn’t see too much teeth. Especially when taking photos. I've been pinning so many blushing brides with wide smiles to the Bridal Beauty Diaries Pinterest board because that is exactly how I hope to look during both of my weddings. Their photos are inspiring to me because I know that I'll be just as carefree with my smile during both of my weddings.
I am really happy with the way things are moving along so far. My doctor’s appointments are actually enjoyable and I look forward to each one. Dr. Alla Dorfman and her staff are so polite, helpful, and super encouraging. Once I accidentally lost a set of aligners by placing them in a napkin at dinner, and when the waiter cleared the table he threw them away with the rest of the waste. It was completely my fault because I forgot my Invisalign case, but when I went to Dr. Dorfman’s office everyone totally understood and were super kind when I arrived humbly to request another set.
Along with remembering to carry my case around, I also need to do a better job of brushing my teeth after meals. I often have jam-packed days where I barely have time to eat lunch so I’ve been rinsing my mouth and the aligners with water and then popping them back in, but that is not the way to go. Brushing your teeth is essential after eating, and it also feels cleaner once you’ve brush as well. I’ve got to improve on that or I could run the risk of food and plaque getting trapped in the aligners, which could promote tooth decay and gum disease.
I’ve still got another 6 months left to go on this journey so it is imperative that I make corrections and improvements. I know that I can do it, and I definitely want to look my absolute best in my photos. If this fast approaching wedding day isn’t motivating enough, then nothing will be.
Disclosure: I have received complimentary treatment from Invisalign in exchange for blogging about my bridal journey and treatment, and all opinions expressed are my own.