Confession: I almost got veneers. Last fall I went to my dentist, Dr. Lombardi, to discuss what I was going to do about my imperfect teeth. In case you haven't noticed, one of my front ones was a slight bit darker than the rest thanks to a root canal I had when I was eight and I have a space between my two front teeth. Because of his dedication, he fixed the coloring in front, but when it came down to the idea the instant gratification that Veneers would've given, we both decided they were a bit too invasive for me as I wanted a more natural mainstream look. Enter Invisalign... Yes, I'm a 29 year old professional woman who's about to wear aligners. That's one way you could look at it, but according to my orthodontist, Dr. Hung, his average patient is a 31 year old woman. I've partnered with the brand and it couldn't have happened at a better time in my life. I was truly considering the treatment when they came to me to discuss how we could work together. I had to promise two things before getting started:
- I would wear my aligners 22 hours per day while in treatment.
- I would wear them every night for the rest of my life (or as long as I want straight teeth) after treatment at night.
I made the commitment and learned that the mission was a little more complicated than closing a small space in between my two front teeth. Let's just say that at the end of treatment I'll have a million dollar smile. I have to note that the space in between my front teeth never bothered me that much until I started doing on-air work. It reads as black on camera, which is not attractive! In order to fix it, Dr. Hung will be fixing my bottom crowding, the angle of my top teeth and positioning of my lateral incisors (the one's next to my two front teeth). Who knew my mouth had so many issues?
I was really impressed by the technology Invisalign uses called ClinCheck, which took a digital scan of my teeth and will be able to show me a time frame of how they'll be moving month by month. Dr. Hung says I'll be in treatment for a little under a year. My journey started with the consultation and aligners are ordered. Yes, I'll be keeping you posted along the way!
*I am a spokesperson for Invisalign (sponsored) and I have received complimentary treatment, but all of my thoughts and actions are true.