Oy! Week Three with Invisalign (& sippy straws) and things are going smashing but weird all at once. My life with Invisalign has changed in a few ways (one I won’t be revealing) but the two more important ways are these:
- No unnecessary snacking!
- Waaaay better oral hygiene.
I can’t picture my life with a straighter smile. I’ve always had a somewhat lopsided grin. It never really bothered me until I turned twenty-five. Most of the photographs I’m in are with a close-mouthed, somewhat awkward attempt to emphasize the eyes instead of the mouth.
It seems vain to even write about this, but it’s a little more psychological for me. I was picked on to an obscene degree through middle school into high school (re: weight and appearance). I have a little bit more care than I’d say is normal about how others perceive me, but what’s considered normal, really? Invisalign is actually helping to sooth any worries or self-doubt. Maybe it goes against the notion, “Love yourself for you!” But the truth is, I have come to love myself for me. I’m thankful for my experiences of being bullied, they only served me in the end. When I chose the opportunity to improve my teeth, it was only for peace of mind, health, and to smile bigger.
More on the eating habits changing: they are completely altered. There is no more “licking the spoon” or nibbling on things as I cook; it just can’t happen. When I’m out with friends and I’ve already had my aligners out for the two hours I’m permitted? I have to say no to the chips and dip brought out. It makes me sad but it’s an extra dose of will power I wouldn’t otherwise have, which is pretty fantastic.
To sum it up, Invisalign is awesome. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it to anyone thinking about it if they had the budget for them. They started out being a little difficult and daunting, but as of today (second set) – they feel fine and completely feasible to complete.