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10 Surefire Ways to Get Me To Smile

I don’t know about you, but I’m a naturally smiley person. I proudly wear my “smile wrinkles” as a badge that I have lots to smile about. Though I’m smiling more than half the time, here are 10 Sure Fire Ways to Get Me to Smile {perhaps some of these work for you too}.

  1. Sweet letters from my husband
  2. Hugs from my kids
  3. Hanging out with fun friends
  4. Having deep conversations with family. The ones where I learn more about them or find a connection that we have never had are the best.
  5. Almost any Adam Sandler movie
  6. Thinking about all the exciting adventures we will have in our new home
  7. A delicious icy coffee drink
  8. Thinking about how blessed I am and being able to bless others through giving back
  9. Organizing almost anything {especially closets and drawers}
  10. Knowing my teeth look great and my breath is fresh

Now that my removable dental appliances are correcting my smile my teeth look and feel great but cleaning them isn’t always easy.

I was so excited to hear about Fresh Guard™ products because I’ve been struggling with keeping my removable dental appliances smelling fresh and feeling clean.

NEW Fresh Guard By Efferdent Removable Dental Appliance Cleaner MommyB

Fresh Guard is specially formulated for retainers, mouthguards and removable braces. It delivers a Complete Clean – 1) prevents the build-up of mouth film for a clean feel, 2) removes odor-causing bacteria for a fresh and clean smell, and 3) reduces yellowing and helps remove stains for a clean look.

I was able to try out both Fresh Guard™ products; Fresh Guard™ by Efferdent Soak, and Fresh Guard™​ by Efferdent Wipes.

I have to say I really like both products.

I used the Fresh Guard™​ by Efferdent Wipes when I was on-the-go with my girls and it saved me from having to put my removeable dental appliance in with dirty teeth. I loved the minty taste and the discrete size of the wipe package.

The Fresh Guard™ by Efferdent Soak is GREAT for times when my removable dental appliance needs a deep cleaning. I love that the soak changes color to signify they are clean (after about 5 minutes of soaking). The soak does have a slight chemical smell, but really does the trick of cleaning otherwise filmy and smelly removable dental appliances.

Check out this video to see why Fresh Guard by Efferdent Soak is great for removable dental appliances.

Make sure you get your savings HERE.

Fresh Guard™ is specially formulated to clean mouth guards, retainers, and clear braces. Fresh Guard™ Soak kills 99.9% of odor-causing bacteria in just 5 minutes while Fresh Guard™  Wipes offer a convenient on-the-go cleaning solution with no water needed. Visit Fresh Guard™ for more information, store locator and coupons!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Fresh Guard™. I received promotional items and Fresh Guard™ products in exchange for my participation. The opinions and text are mine.

2 Million Beautiful Smiles

MommyBKnowsBest Invisalign Smile

MommyBKnowsBest Invisalign Smile

With the holiday season upon us I guess I’ve been smiling quite a bit because just today two different moms approached me asking me about my smile and Invisalign. So many adults I’ve talked to regarding teeth and getting a straighter smile have mentioned they had braces in the past and never wore their retainer or something happened to crowd their teeth, or there are a few people who’ve said they should have had braces as a teen but their family didn’t have the funds.

Knowing how much I smile and the fact that I’m improving my smile day by day, {or tray by tray}, helps me to remember I’m very blessed to be able to work on a beautiful grin and also gain some other great benefits like oral health and increase in self-confidence.

One lucky teen also knows what it’s like to be blessed with a great smile. 18-year-old Tessa Dyer hasn’t stopped smiling since learning her Invisalign orthodontic treatment would be provided at no charge. Dyer was informed during a recent visit to her orthodontist that she is the two millionth patient worldwide to be treated with Invisalign. How awesome!!!  To commemorate the milestone, Dyer’s Invisalign Teen treatment will be completely covered by Align Technology, makers of Invisalign and Invisalign Teen.

2 Million Smiles Invisalign

If you really think about it 2 million smiles is a great milestone, and the way I see it from the constant improvements Invisalign and Align Technologies are making that number will continue to grow and grow. Are you interested in learning more about Invisalign for yourself or Invisalign teen for your child?

Head over to Invisalign’s website: Invisalign.com, check out their Facebook Page and Follow them on Twitter. And of course if you have any questions, because I’m going through the Invisalign program myself I would love to answer any you may have.

*I am a member of the Invisalign Mom Advisory Board, I receive complimentary Invisalign treatment, but am posting my own, personal opinions.

What are Invisalign Attachments?


Invisalign_logoIn my last post,  Healthier Me with Invisalign, I told you all about the process of my Invisalign treatment for the first couple of months. After heading back to the orthodontist on week 4 of my aligners, {I have 51 upper and lower,} I now have attachments on my teeth. Now you may be wondering, “What are attachments?”, “What do attachments do?” and “What is the Invisalign attachment process?” I’ll be going over all this in depth in my post, are you ready……here we go……the following words and opinions are my own, non-technical explanations of  Invisalign attachments.

Invisalign attachments or sometimes referred to by people as, “buttons” are semi-permanent and (they are removed after your treatment) used to rotate individual teeth in a way that traditional braces and even the aligners themselves cannot, although they have a similar concept to traditional braces brackets.

The attachment composite is created by your dentist or orthodontist or hygienist/tech. That person does their best to match the color of the composite to the color of your teeth to make them appear as “invisible” as possible. {My tech did an AMAZING job with matching the color.} They then place the composite in an Invisalign aligner, specially made for your attachment process. This aligner is a mold of the attachments and is placed on your teeth once all the attachment holes are filled with composite. After a few minutes and some UV lighting on your teeth to adhere the attachments onto your teeth, {which reminded me of the smell of a nail salon} the tech removes the attachment mold.

For me, the tech had an extremely hard time trying to remove the aligner/attachment mold, she pulled for a while and then I tried as well and finally after a little while we were able to get the aligner apart from my attachments. {Everyone has a different experience.} After we removed the attachment aligner molds, the orthodontist checked my teeth and recommended that I leave the aligners off to let the attachments adhere even more throughout the day. I was able to put my new set of aligners, with room for attachments on that evening.

Here are my teeth after attachments {without the aligners}:

Invisalign Attachments

and attachments {with my aligners}:

Invisalign Attachments Aligners

In my next Invisalign post I’ll talk about my thoughts on Invisalign with the attachments and answer any questions you may have.

What questions about Invisalign attachments do you have?

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I am a member of the Invisalign Mom Advisory Board, I receive complimentary Invisalign treatment, but am posting my own, personal opinions.

Invisalign Mom Advisory Board – My Induction

Invisalign Mom Advisory Board Collage

Invisalign_logoSo there you have it, the title says it all. Through my life there have been times where I’ve had to, “seal my lips”; working at a doctor’s office, getting a treat when my brother didn’t, after friends confided in me, and when I found out I was pregnant, with both girls.  Even though I’m great at keeping those things inside, that doesn’t mean that I’m not eager for the moment I can speak about every little detail.

Well, maybe not every single little detail, but the important ones like who I met, why I was in San Jose, and of course what the flavor of my martini was. 😉

Let’s start from the beginning-ish….

I first met with the amazing PR company for Invisalign at Bloggy Boot Camp Atlanta. Although I had heard of them well before. I signed up to attend their Invisalign Teen Mom breakfast for more information on their program and was excited at everything I was hearing, I immediately thought, ” I need to be a part of this program.” And to be candid I do not feel that way about every opportunity that is presented to me.

After touching base a couple more times throughout the conference and through emails after the conference I was given the opportunity to write this sponsored post: Invisalign – The Real Tooth Fairy. Which, mind you, was a really fun post to create and I loved the little Tooth Fairy I produced as well. From that post I was hoping it would not only showcase my fun writing skills and passion for what I do, but also let Invisalign and their PR reps know that I was interested in their Mom Advisory Board program.

Well, I guess it worked. A few months later I was contacted by email to visit Invisalign headquarters in San Jose to learn more about the process, discuss more details, and best of all, meet my co-horts in the program.

Here are a few pictures of my visit to Invisalign :

 Invisalign Mom Advisory Board Collage

Joining me on this new round of bloggers are (in order from the photo above): Ciaran from Momfluential, {me}, Carmen from Mom To The Screaming Masses and Trisha from 24/7 Moms. I had a great time getting to know these ladies, the founder and one of her great PR staffers, and some welcoming folks at the Invisalign Headquarters. I look forward to working with everyone I met this weekend and hope you’re just as excited as I am!

Since I’m on the Invisalign Mom Advisory Board I’ve been educated on Invisalign and know quite a bit about everything from how the aligners are made to who make good candidates and more. In order to help parents and teens even more, I’m going through the process myself so I’ll have first-hand experience to speak on. How cool is that?!?!

Occasionally you’ll see some posts, tweets, videos, and maybe even giveaways from me for Invisalign, I hope that you feel free to ask me questions in my comments or if you’re shy like me {yeah right!}, you can email me any questions you may have as well. If I don’t know I have access to the amazing people at Invisalign who do.

Thank you for always supporting me with my projects. I’m very excited to see how I can help you find out more information to make the best, most educated choices for family. I’ll be posting information from my consultation in the next post so subscribe to my feed if you want to be alerted when it posts on my site.

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I am a member of the Invisalign Mom Advisory Board, I receive complimentary Invisalign treatment, but am posting my own, personal opinions.