my smilelove journey: impression molds + before photos

This product was provided for me by smilelove, but all words and opinions are my own.

I recently turned 31, so it's been about 15 years since I had braces. I was not that kid that religiously wore my retainer either... I hated the thing. I had had braces for about 3 years and when I finally got them removed they told me I had to wear this retainer that had a wire straight across the front of my teeth. I was devastated as a 16 year old! I wanted to be free of wires and metal covering my teeth. And needless to say, I didn't wear the retainer as much as I should've. This is my Smilelove story.

Over the next years my teeth moved and shifted to where I could not fit into my retainer. I even had a new one made to straighten out my bottom teeth and I swore I'd wear it every night. But I was really bad at wearing that one too. So more years passed and my smile suffered.

Please don't get me wrong, all smiles are beautiful and we should all get to enjoy smiles and laughter regardless of what our teeth look like. But for me, I have seen myself photos where my little snaggle tooth is caught just right and all I can see are my messed up teeth and I feel a little embarrassed. Casey has told me multiple times that it's really not that noticeable and while I do believe her, I still feel self-conscious about my teeth. This is why I'm very excited to be partnering with Smilelove to invisibly straighten my teeth!

My two favorite things about smilelove are 1- that the straightening takes place with invisible aligners and 2- all of the treatment takes place in your home. They send you an impression kit to start the process. Then you take your own impressions and photos by following the provided guide. They provide a practice putty (to literally practice your impressions) and I used it about 8 times before I was ready to take my permanent impressions. It was a little intimidating to make sure I got everything how they wanted, but in the end I got it right and my impressions were accepted.

These are the impression that I sent back to smilelove. It took a couple weeks for my impressions and photos to be accepted and then a couple weeks after that for me to receive my treatment plan.
As you can see it will take 7 months for me to get through my whole treatment plan. The treatment preview is great because you can see what you teeth look like now and what they should look like in the end. I'm going to show you a couple of the "before" and "after" previews for my treatment below.


These are all shots of my upper teeth as that is where most of the work needs to be done. But how amazing! Let me tell you, I'm looking forward to having straight teeth again. It's been a loooong time.

If you have been interested in straightening your teeth and are looking for an affordable solution, head over to smilelove's website to read more about their service and pricing. And if you use our code "WANDER100" you can get $100 off your bundle!

If I had to straighten my teeth again with braces, I don't think I would want to do it. Luckily we now have the option to do it invisibly with smilelove! And I can't wait to share the rest of my journey with you. Make sure to follow us on Instagram for more real time updates. I think my aligners are being delivered this week so I'll be posting over there all about it. And I'll be back on the blog with an update at then end of my treatment!

xo, Savannah

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