Invisalign Changed My Smile And My Life

Invisalign Changed My Smile And My Life

A big smile can make a big difference.
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The first time I knew I wanted to change my smile was in the fall of my sophomore year at a networking event for a professional organization I am in for my major. I really enjoy networking and going to these events just to get my name out there and see what people are doing with their degrees. However, this specific event was the most awkward and uncomfortable experience of my entire life.

So when I first walked into the room I immediately already felt awkward because I was overdressed. But hey I guess being overdressed is better than being underdressed right? A woman who was invited to speak at our event was standing by the door. I smiled at her and she went, "oh...are you here for the event?" Which I was kind of thrown off by because like, where else would I be going dressed up like this and why did she look surprised? "Yeah?" I responded now confused thinking I walked into the wrong room or something. "Oh! Okay. So you're a freshman right?" Now I'm really confused because this event wasn't just for freshman. It's already awkward having acne flareups and gaps in my teeth that make me look younger than I am, but it's even more awkward to have someone point it out. Not that she directly pointed it out, but it was still really awkward. I'm a sophomore so technically she wasn't very far off but I felt like at that point forward I wasn't being taken seriously.

I know this woman was probably also, if not more, awkward and uncomfortable as I was when I told her I was a sophomore. What she said rang in my head for a couple weeks and I couldn't shake the feeling that people didn't take me seriously because of my smile. Which sucked because I take these events seriously. So when I went to my dentist for a regular check up and cleaning, I had asked what we could do to correct my smile. Reguar metal braces were out o the question since I was trying to not look like I'm 12 anymore and metal braces would make me look even younger. That's when he brought up Invisalign.

The first couple weeks of Invisalign were rough I'm not gonna lie. Since you have to take them out to eat or drink, the first couple weeks every time I took them out it felt like I was ripping my teeth out. Which is very unpleasant. But after a couple weeks I got used to taking them in and out all the time and the pain went away.

I'm a little more than halfway through my Invisalign "journey" I guess you could say and I would do it again in a heartbeat. Just since the end of February, my teeth have changed so much and I love the results. I feel so much more confident in my smile. I've had lots of people ask if I would recommend going through this whole Invisalign experience. And my answer everytime is yes. If you're looking for a sign to ask about Invisalign this is it. Do it.

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Everything You Will Miss If You Commit Suicide

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You won't see the sunrise or have your favorite breakfast in the morning.

Instead, your family will mourn the sunrise because it means another day without you.

You will never stay up late talking to your friends or have a bonfire on a summer night.

You won't laugh until you cry again, or dance around and be silly.

You won't go on another adventure. You won't drive around under the moonlight and stars.

They'll miss you. They'll cry.

You won't fight with your siblings only to make up minutes later and laugh about it.

You won't get to interrogate your sister's fiancé when the time comes.

You won't be there to wipe away your mother's tears when she finds out that you're gone.

You won't be able to hug the ones that love you while they're waiting to wake up from the nightmare that had become their reality.

You won't be at your grandparents funeral, speaking about the good things they did in their life.

Instead, they will be at yours.

You won't find your purpose in life, the love of your life, get married or raise a family.

You won't celebrate another Christmas, Easter or birthday.

You won't turn another year older.

You will never see the places you've always dreamed of seeing.

You will not allow yourself the opportunity to get help.

This will be the last sunset you see.

You'll never see the sky change from a bright blue to purples, pinks, oranges, and yellows meshing together over the landscape again.

If the light has left your eyes and all you see is the darkness, know that it can get better. Let yourself get better.

This is what you will miss if you leave the world today.

This is who will care about you when you are gone.

You can change lives. But I hope it's not at the expense of yours.

We care. People care.

Don't let today be the end.

You don't have to live forever sad. You can be happy. It's not wrong to ask for help.

Thank you for staying. Thank you for fighting.

Suicide is a real problem that no one wants to talk about. I'm sure you're no different. But we need to talk about it. There is no difference between being suicidal and committing suicide. If someone tells you they want to kill themselves, do not think they won't do it. Do not just tell them, “Oh you'll be fine." Because when they aren't, you will wonder what you could have done to help. Sit with them however long you need to and tell them it will get better. Talk to them about their problems and tell them there is help. Be the help. Get them assistance. Remind them of all the things they will miss in life.

If you or someone you know is experiencing suicidal thoughts, call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline — 1-800-273-8255

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The Life Of A Curvy Girl Is Very Exciting

To every curvy girl out there, share your curves as a positive outcome to your circumstances

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Have you ever noticed in all the magazines, blogs, and TV it shows a thin size woman? In all the entertainment I take in, there was always a skinny woman. It brought down my self-esteem, and I would try to starve myself, yet it doesn't help. However, what if I was meant to be a curvy girl?

Before I go any further, I know that God gave me this body to take of it. But what if I was meant to be this size so, I can touch others who feel negative towards their bodies? For every curvy woman, you are so beautiful!!

Throughout my life, I wasn't thin. I had a gut. I had thighs. I was very unhappy with myself. Yet, I look at the expectations and what people will be happy with. But if there is one thing I realized, its that people are temporary. The naysayers in your life are not set in gold. They will push you to make sure that you're happy with yourself. I truly believe if people look at me weird, that means I'm doing an amazing job with not conforming in the world but transforming in the renewing of the mind. By the way, that's Romans 12:2 in the bible!

When it comes to the curves, I'm truly grateful for them. There are some positives to having a curvy body. For one, when it comes to wearing jeans, it shapes you well. The curves pop and the haters bow down! Other than that, I truly love how I look in jeans! Another positive thing about curves, its that there are amazing clothes for us! I was on Facebook the other day, and I saw a company called Dia&Co.; Dia&Co; is a customized clothing company for plus sized women which has all the styles. When I saw the clothes, I was truly amazed. The colors and the material of the clothes were truly special.

What defines beauty? Is it makeup or having a model's body? Is it buying the most expensive clothes as a statement? I'm here to tell you those are not the definitions of beauty. The true definition of beauty is acceptance. Accepting the circumstances, even if other people say so. True beauty is waking up with a smile on your face for living another day and finding your purpose in life. Beauty is being you!

To all of you curvy women out there in the world, you are truly a blessing. Thank you for standing out of the normal and taking a step to give others the courage to becoming their selves. I learned to treat my body with the utmost respect. I must learn to take care of it and embrace it at the same time. Psalms 139:14 says, "I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made, your works are wonderful, I know that full well." So, Instead of me being a worried progress, God made me a working progress, because all things work together for good.

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