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the closest thing to wiring my mouth shut

Friday, March 22, 2013

I remember in 3rd grade the school nurse telling me I weighed 86 lbs. Everyone else in my class was in the high 40s. By the next year I was 106 lbs. My mom, frustrated with having to buy new clothes every couple of months would threaten to have my mouth wired shut if I didn't stop eating so much. In my heart, I wish she would do it. I hated being so fat. I didn't like being made fun of by the cute boys that I secretly crushed on. I was put on my first medically supervised diet at 9 years old. I didn't lose any weight. I didn't help that my height was sprouting too. By 7th grade I was 5'8". My whole life I have been waiting for a miracle to break free of the fat surrounding me.

I recently found my miracle. It is called a sensible diet, regular exercise, consistent hydration, regular rest, a sturdy support system and self-confidence. Over the past 10 months, I have put me first, my fiance a very close second, and my extended family third. I have been much happier and less stressed. In putting me first, I have invested in me. I have always struggled with being a hairy woman and having PCOS only made that worse. I have gotten two laser hair removal treatments for my facial hair and underarms and am over the moon with my results. I then decided to get braces. I have always had an overbite and some spacing on the sides of my teeth that make profile shots less than stellar. With my wedding approaching, I didn't want standard braces because I of course, wanted a pearly white smile in my pics. I opted for Invisalign.

Earlier this week I got my aligners in.
The biggest adjustment hasn't been having them in my mouth 22 hours a day, it has been how having them in has affected my nutrition.

This has been the closest thing to getting my mouth wired shut. Mommy you would be proud. One of the requirements of having these in is that you have to take them out when you eat and before you can put them back in, you have to brush and floss and rinse the alligners. As well, you cannot suck on any candy or drink colored beverages with them in. Basically, for 22 hours a day I can drink all the water and green tea and chew all the air I would like. And although you can eat whenever and whatever you want with the alligners out, I have found that the process AFTER eating is so cumbersome that I am literally waiting until I am starving to eat. I think about having a snack and I ask myself, "Is this worth brushing and flossing?" 9 times out of 10, I am saying, "Nope!" I have to carry a travel toothbrush, floss and toothpaste in my purse. I also have another set at my desk. My teeth should be bright as diamonds when this is said and done and I may just be 20 pounds lighter!

I did notice the first day that I got adjusted, I was eating a lot more when I could eat because I knew it would be a while before I could take the alligners out again. Three days in, I am making better choices. The past two days I have eaten 4 times a day. Breakfast, a snack at mid-morning, lunch and dinner. I don't think that is too bad and it may actually get me back on track.

Just to show you how amazing Invisalign is, I attached a few pics of real results:







Since my overbite is the biggest issue, I will more than likely require a 15-18 month treatment. But I am really excited to have a mega-watt smile and maybe even a smaller waistline in the end.
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STELLASMYBEBE 3/25/2013 11:23AM

    Good for you! emoticon

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SUGAR0814 3/24/2013 12:22AM

    My daughter had braces & they have been heaven! Good luck!

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REGILIEH 3/23/2013 8:41AM

    WOW!!! That is emoticon , I had never heard of them. Good for you!!!

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NASFKAB 3/22/2013 9:48PM

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BEATRIZ269 3/22/2013 7:25PM

    Lady you are truly showing the way. Congratulations on the braces. You shine already and this will raise your confidence to another level. Very happy for you!

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SJKENT1 3/22/2013 3:31PM

    You are worth every bit of doing this!!! Here's to a beautiful smile to match that beautiful spirit.

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HEALTHY-SPARK 3/22/2013 3:28PM

    Wow that's awesome you are doing all these great things for yourself -- it's about time that you feel good about yourself and the way that you look. And if the invislign happens to have the side effect of eating less -- well presto, it's like a little bonus there -- straight teeth and a smaller waistline. Good luck to you -- I'm glad you've made yourself a priority in your life!

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CJADERUN 3/22/2013 3:15PM

    You're fantastic. As much as I hated braces, I'm glad I had them. I'm also really like flossing ever since I started flossing regularly--I can't stand having my teeth go unflossed! But I bet flossing four times a day can be cumbersome.

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NEEDBU66 3/22/2013 2:36PM

    Ha! Whatever works I guess!! The problem I would have is once I got the teeth straightened, would I start eating as before?

I hope you plan to not!

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KTTAYLOR21 3/22/2013 1:12PM

    I wish they had invisalign back when I got braces!! I had them for several years. Do invisalign hurt? It amazes me how they do the same as braces. I wonder how do they do the adjustments?



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SHRINKING_SARA 3/22/2013 12:20PM

    I had lovely braces for quite a few years -- I brushed my teeth so much more when I had them on, that when they took them off I had yellow spots and my teeth were whiter -- the opposite of what usually happens.

Here's to hoping it works wonders! I know two people who did this, and they both loved their results.

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VERONICAVW_140 3/22/2013 12:11PM

    Get your mega watt smile on, girl! Can't wait to see progress pics!

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GLUECIPHER 3/22/2013 12:05PM

    Great post. Great way to stay positive.

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