This post was sponsored by Invisalign. My nephew and mom are receiving complimentary Invisalign treatment as they share their Invisalign journey.

I am really excited to announce my partnership with Invisalign this year. I know what an amazing product it is . . . my friend Sarah James is rocking hers and I don’t think you can tell at all in our videos. For those of you who are not familiar with Invisalign, it’s a series of nearly invisible, removable aligners that are used to gradually and discreetly straighten teeth without brackets or wires and they work as effectively as traditional metal braces. What I love most about Invisalign’s nearly invisible aligners is that people can enjoy the benefits of straightening their teeth without the discomfort (or embarrassment) of metal braces, and without interrupting their social life. As part of my partnership, I am going to be sharing my mom’s Invisalign treatment journey, which I hope inspires you to do something meaningful for yourself. Growing up, I always knew that my mom didn’t feel great about her teeth. It’s not something I ever noticed . . . she was just mom to me. But she would occasionally make statements about her desire to get them straightened, especially when my sisters had braces. She contemplated them for a bit, but felt braces would look silly at her age. fall winter 2013 400 I asked my mom to share a bit about her story. . .

I have always been embarrassed by my crooked teeth. As an adult, I am even more conscious of how uneven my teeth are and how unattractive my smile is. Food is constantly caught between my teeth and hard to remove and I’m worried that others will see food in my teeth too. As a child, I had two teeth removed to supposedly make more room; but braces were never mentioned by my parents or dentist. After graduating college and getting married, I considered getting braces myself. Unfortunately, I was either pregnant or nursing for six years and dentists would not use the x-ray machine on me. Afterwards, raising young children kept me too busy to think of improving my teeth. Having straight teeth would give me the confidence to smile more easily and to meet new people. As I go into a new stage of life after retirement, I’d like to have the confidence to join new activities and groups without the self-consciousness of ugly teeth when I smile or speak. I think successful Invisalign treatment will help me.

I am really thrilled that Invisalign will be helping my mom reach the goal of straighter teeth this year. The truth is, if my mom was born when I was, she would have been able to go through Invisalign treatment while being pregnant or nursing, since X-ray machines are not relevant anymore. Science is a beautiful thing.   Over the next few months, I will be sharing her journey. I’m also hoping that it can inspire others . . . that it’s never too late to do something good for yourself. I’m proud that my mom is taking the first step going after something she’s always wanted to fix. And, if my 63-year-old mom can do it, any mom can! If you are interested in Invisalign treatment, you can request more info here.