Beginning of my Invisalign Journey

Hey Guys,

I hope you are all having a wonderful day ❤ I’ve recently got Invisalign and thought I would fill you all in. I probably should have done some reading up on the side effects prior to investing in the aligners, so hopefully this can help anyone thinking of making the next step!

After the aligners were put in, I received three packs which are to be changed every two weeks, so I don’t have to go back to the dentist for 8 weeks. I also received an instruction DVD and a case to hold the aligners when they are removed.

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I wasn’t expecting to get my Invisalign for another two weeks but my moulds came back early. This is obviously wonderful as I’m happy to get started as soon as possible. I would however have preferred to mentally prepare myself as I really have a fear of the dentist. Anyway, instead of removing any of my teeth, they were filed down. My jawline is too small for all my teeth so this may not be necessary in all cases so don’t panic!

The filing was surprisingly not too bad; more an odd sensation as opposed to painful. If any of you have had your eyebrows threaded you will understand that weird feeling, that doesn’t hurt but isn’t pleasant.

Here’s a close up of the first set of aligners

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My teeth are killing me! I feel like there is constant pressure pushing down on them (I know that is the point but it’s uncomfortable!)  My lips are also quite sore, particularly the top one. I feel like I look like I’m constantly pouting, but not in a good way, in a ‘I look like a duck’ kind of way.

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My biggest issue is eating. I can’t bite into anything hard and so have been living on smoothies / milkshakes, soup and porridge. I am starving! The aligners need to be removed when eating and this is very painful. When they are removed my teeth are throbbing and I still can’t bring myself to eat anything that requires chewing.

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Anyone who follows me on Instagram will have seen that my best friend bought me these ‘sore teeth friendly’ chocolate options:

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She is the best and no I am not sharing her or the chocolate! 😛

I have been told that the pain eases after the first week. I am praying that is does. It is something that I really did not take into account when getting the Invisalign put in. If anyone reading this is considering getting them, then be warned of the pain. It’s quite difficult in work, especially as I am in the first week of my new job.

Anyone experiencing tooth aches or have braces, these bad boys are the only thing stopping the pain, they are strong though so obviously only ideal for short term use!

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At the end of the day though, I have always been self conscious of my teeth and I do feel positive that I am proactively tackling that issue. I will keep you updated as I progress through to the next set in two weeks.

Until Next Time My Loves

Z x

Product Review; Whiter Teeth at Home

Hey Guys,

So it’s Monday yet again and I hope you all had a wonderful weekend. Today’s post is about getting whiter teeth at home and of course on a budget!

I am a fanatic about teeth and I am on a mission to improve mine where possible. I am quite self conscious about my own teeth. You may have noticed I don’t always do a big ‘open mouthed’ smile in pictures. This is because I dislike my teeth A LOT. I am in the process of getting invisalign and I will be doing upcoming posts on my own personal experience with them, so watch this space.

As I am currently awaiting my moulds, I don’t think it’s appropriate to get my teeth whitened professionally, as soon they are going to be covered by the retainer. I do however want my teeth as white as they can be for the time being. I find a lot of ‘whitening’ toothpastes don’t actually work. To be honest I don’t think it’s possible to fully achieve the Hollywood smile from at home products especially if you’re a coffee addict like myself. I have however come across a tooth paste that has made my teeth significantly whiter and I would highly recommend it:

Beverly Hills Formula Perfect White

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The only place that I can find this product is Superdrug. I go to the one in The Square, Tallaght. The toothpaste costs about €6.00 but it’s the only toothpaste that has made a real difference without being too abrasive. I have sensitive teeth but it hasn’t impacted me in that aspect at all. It’s great for anyone who doesn’t want to splash out on professional whitening but still wants brighter teeth.

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Be warned the toothpaste comes out black as it contains charcoal to aid in the whitening process. This is normal, don’t feel like there is something wrong with yours!

I hope you’re all having a fabulous Monday and have kicked off the week with a positive attitude 🙂

Until Next Time My Loves

Z x

You’re Beautiful

Hey Guys,

The purpose of this post came out of pure coincidence, however I felt it was necessary. Last night I was googling ‘how to make yourself fall asleep’ because my brain just does not turn off as of late. When I got to the ‘yourself’ part of my sentence, the list of suggestions that came up, were slightly disturbing;

  1. How to make yourself look completely different
  2. How to make yourself look like another person
  3. How to make yourself beautiful

Is this really what people are googling?! Don’t get me wrong I am a lover of makeup and fake tan etc but I don’t want to look completely different? I think there is a large difference between making the best out of your assets and wanting to completely change yourself.

I exercise yes to look good, but also to feel good. I’m not doing it for anyone else. The same can be said for makeup. I love experimenting with products and trying out different looks, but I don’t think I could imagine changing myself completely and that is coming from someone who isn’t that confident with self image! Yes there are certain things I would like to alter, but who doesn’t have that feeling? It is however a worrying trend that more and more girls are going to extremes to effectively become some one else.

There has always been pressure on both men and women to adhere to society’s version of ‘beautiful’ but I thought we had come a bit further in terms of what beauty can be defined as. I thought uniqueness was now being embraced and slowly but surely it was becoming more acceptable to be (and look like) yourself.

We all know the phrase: ‘don’t try to look like the girl in the magazine, because she doesn’t even look like that’ and it has a point! I don’t judge anyone who opts for plastic surgery or other methods of altering their appearance, provided it’s for nobody else but themselves! Unfortunately I think many girls dream of looking like the girl on the front cover. I’m guilty of this too, but I think my cynical side can kick in where I realise they don’t really look like that. This tends to make me feel better about my bad hair day!

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(I personally don’t think either look bad in the before pictures!)

I don’t know however if celebrities and models can claim sole responsibility for us ladies feeling insecure and in some cases inadequate. I personally think the majority now know the effects of photo-shop and we see pictures of celebs with no makeup now online quite often. I think the issue arises within a much smaller circle. At the end of the day, people can be mean. Hurtful words seem to consistently be a form of communication in the day to day. In some cases it may not be intended to be as damaging as it realistically is, however this doesn’t undo the effects. You can’t take back an insult that has genuinely hurt someone.There’s a lot to be said for Thumper’s wise words. Don’t be the reason someone types in the above search criteria. Be the one who makes some one feel better about their insecurities. Be kind, always.

At the end of the day, we all want the perfect body, the perfect hair, the perfect clothes. But who gets to decide what is perfect? Everyone’s perception of beauty is different. That’s what makes it beautiful 🙂 Confidence and a genuine smile is the most attractive thing a person can have. It’s a pity we are so hard on ourselves that we sometimes lose the things that make us seem so beautiful to others!

Until Next Time My Loves

Z x