Invisalign Giveaway: The Importance of a Confident Smile

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I spent the first years of my life with adult teeth wholly embarrassed to smile outright. I would cover my mouth when I got the urge. I never smiled in photos. And, I spent many nights crying to my parents about how desperately I wanted, no needed, braces. Middle school was a complete nightmare and the beginning high school was torturous thanks to the boys who made it their goal to tease me for my jacked grill.

I finally got my braces on at 15 during my sophomore year of high school. I had extractions, expanders, rubber bands, oral surgery, spacers, and some sort of rope and pulley system going on in my mouth during the five years that I wore them. But I was willing to suffer it all for the opportunity to come out the other side of this thing with a smile I could actually use to light up a room.

I cried when I had them removed. However, I wore my retainers religiously for two years straight, until one day when I accidentally tossed them into the trash can at the mall during my lunch break from work. I never looked back.

Fast forward 10 or *cough* 15 years when I began to notice some imperfections in my smile, and by imperfections I mean flipped-over-backwards-inside-out looking teeth. Possibly I exaggerate a bit, but I did note that my bite wasn’t lining up just right, and some of my teeth were looking quite crowded from the wisdom teeth that came in after my braces were removed. I wasn’t feeling unconfident about my smile, but I know what that feeling is like, and I never wanted to go there again.

I decided Invisalign was a good fit for me because it could easily address some of the issues I started to notice as a result of not wearing my retainers. I’ve been wearing Invisalign for a little over a year and I pretty much love everything about it. I'm pretty sure my Dudes will wear it too. My oldest son has already worn a preliminary set of braces and an upper palette expander so we’re well on our way.

According to a new perception study conducted by Kelton Research for Invisalign, people with straight teeth are perceived as more successful, smarter and are more likely to land a job when competing with someone who has a similar skill set and experience. Whether we like it or not, ones appearance is a constant trigger of snap judgments. Whether interviewing for a job or just looking to make a good first impression, this study indicates that the alignment of teeth is a catalyst for assumptions regarding success, popularity, intelligence and general health. If you have put off straightening your or your child’s teeth, it’s time to think about the importance of a smile.


Invisalign wants to help you put your best smile forward by sponsoring a giveaway with Mom it Forward. One lucky mom will receive an American Express Gift Card in the amount of $1500 to put towards an Invisalign or Invisalign Teen treatment. Two runner-up prizes will also be awarded as $150 American Express Gift Cards.

Entry Requirements - This Giveaway is Closed

For a chance to enter and win, please complete the following form with your name, email address, zip code, and age (every field is mandatory and must be completed in order to enter the giveaway). Then, visit and take the Invisalign Self Assessment. At the end of the assessment, input one of the "Facts to Consider" on this form.

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Terms and Conditions

The sweepstakes ends at 11:59:59 pm ET on Friday, July 13, 2012. One grand prize winner and two runner-ups will be selected at random on or before July 31, 2012 and announced on within approximately ten (10) days of selection. Winners will be selected randomly through No purchase necessary to enter. See all terms and conditions here. This giveaway is available to U.S. residents only.

Disclaimer: Amanda is a member of the Invisalign Teen Mom Advisory Board. She received complimentary treatment from Invisalign in exchange for sharing her experience and opinions about her treatment.

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