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So there I am! Living it up in my 30-somethings with a ridiculously hot hubby, 3 seriously outgoing matter-of-fact smart beautiful kids, a cat named Roxii that just won't quit, 2 chihuahuas named Lokii (what was I thinking) and Brodii who don't understand the concept of pee outside.

I'm a strongly opinionated, outspoken, inappropriate and absolutely unapologetic chick going through this thing called life and trying to do it with my sanity intact. So far, this isn't working out so well!

Follow me as I confession myself straight to the LCBO. My rants, my way...you've been warned ;) Xo

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My Invisalign Journey!

As most of you know, I have never exactly been super happy about my grill. I do not like pictures, I do not like to smile in pictures that I do end up in, and therefore my beautiful children have next to nothing to remember me by up to this point, photographically speaking.

So what changed?

At one of my routine hygiene appointments, the hygienist and I started discussing how ridiculously hard it is for me to keep proper care of my teeth on the bottom because of excess crowding and the general position of the teeth that were there. It has never been a secret that I should of had braces as a kid/teen, but I wasn't born with the luxury of golden tickets falling out my chocolate bar (a.k.a the ability to make it rain), so it never happened.

Did I care? Meh, not really. I mean looking at the wire contraptions that would have been in my mouth versus these virtually clear liners is like comparing apples to books (no, not bananas). And honestly I never went to school with many people who did wear them anyhow. It's all about looks don't'cha'know (well, probably affordability across the table really, but back in the day having braces did not put you on the grade 6 most popular list haha).

So there I was in the chair with my spit bib on, my awesome wrap around sunglasses and she asks if I'd ever heard of Invisalign. Umm qu'est-ce que c'est? What is this invisible-ness you speak of? Invisible liners that go on your teeth, basically invisible braces. She hands me a brochure and tells me to look into it, and if I have any questions to let the doc know.

Fast forward to my next appointment for a filling, yup cavities ROCK, and even doc and I have a discussion about Invisalign. His wonderful assistant Miranda answers a few questions for me and eventually I was bitten by the liner bug and we set up the appointment for impressions. I was under no obligation, they would take the impressions, hook me up with a video to show a before, during and after of the procedure and I could make my decision then.

Let me first start by saying that they video is the coolest shit ever! It shows week by week, or rather 2 week by 2 week, the transformation that my teeth will take on. That said it seemed like a rather long journey for my little guys and I asked why. Turns out that they can do it without any teeth having to be extracted but (son of a, there is always a but) if we removed one tooth it would cut my journey in HALF!!!

Which tooth you ask?

Yup. One of my front bottom teeth. W. T. F. **Note: See how crowded those beasts are??? You see my dilemma?

That photo was taken on May 11, 2016 which was the day of said tooth extraction, which I will also say did not hurt like I had convinced myself it would. Didn't feel a thing. To cut the journey in half made complete sense so I did not even hesitate for it.

Now I was intending to post the video in here for you to see what this whole process would look like start to finish, but we seem to be having technical difficulties getting it to open so I can even show my husband and kids. I will post it another day when I get it working.

So once I paid the deposit, same day as extraction, I was told it would take about 10 days to get the liners in which would give my mouth time to heal and then when the liners came in they would call and I'd get my attachments put on (will explain those after) and first set of liners would go in.

The following Tuesday the lovely Miranda called and said good news, the liners are in, can you come in tomorrow at 4:30? Umm YES.

I naturally cancel all my plans (hubby is pissed I didn't go to the Blue Jays game with him) and head on over.

I go in and right away we start prepping the teeth for the little attachments that go on your tooth, which is basically a compound that acts like I sort of anchor to help pull/push the teeth in the direction the liners want them to go. Some people get a few on, and others get more...I got more.

What do the liners look like?

Everyone who gets liners will have a different mold unique to their situation.

So we get through the appointment and get he attachments in and now we insert my first set, of 27 sets, of liners in. I hear and feel a little snap and voila they are in.

Pros: They do actually go on and are virtually invisible.

Cons: These bastards aren't as easy to pop in and out as you think, and mine actually hurt going in and out on the bottom (remember I had a tooth extracted so those bottom 3 are a tad sensitive with nothing to lean on). Second con is I now suddenly have a lisp when I talk. Aweeeeeeeesome, I always wanted one.

This ladies and gentlemen, is what the beginning on my journey looked like. I am going to do up a new post for today's update.