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My {Wonderful} Experience with Smile Direct Club

This post is sponsored by Smile Direct Club, but all opinions are my own!

I was pretty lucky with my teeth growing up: they were never perfect but decent enough that I escaped the dreaded braces phase that most kids or preteens went through.  When I hit my early 20s however, my teeth finally decided that now was their time to shift around and I ended up with a snaggle tooth in the very front of my smile that really started to bug me.

Why couldn't my teeth shift around when I was young enough for it to actually be socially acceptable to have braces?!? I know a snaggle tooth is a minor flaw in the grand scheme of things but it really started to bug me.  It was one of the first thing I noticed in pictures that were close up of my face and I finally got tired of it and wanted to do something about it. 

I knew I did not want to go the traditional braces route, so I started to look at other options.  I had seen advertisements for Smile Direct Club all over instagram and finally met someone last fall who had been through the treatment with Smile Direct and had a great experience so I decided to give it a try.  I really liked the fact that the aligners were not permanently attached to your teeth: you are supposed to wear them pretty much all day except when you eat or drink but you can take them out when you need to.

It was also a really easy experience to get set up with.  To get fitted for your aligners you either have to visit a SmileShop to get a digital scan of your teeth (they have locations all over the country!) or you can also do an at-home impression kit. 

I do have a promo code for Smile Direct Club: you can use code "REBECCASMILES" for 50% your at home impression kit OR a free scan at your local smile direct shop. I had a great experience visiting my SmileShop in Philly: everyone was super nice and the process was really quick and easy.

After my scan was done the digital reading was sent to a dentist that Smile Direct Club works with who designed my "smile plan."  After a few weeks all of my aligners were shipped right to my door! I was actually pretty surprised at how affordable the program was: there is an option to pay upfront and get a discounted rate or pay monthly for 24 months for $80/month.

I got my aligners in January and my plan had me set up to be wearing them until July. At first it was an adjustment getting used to wearing the aligners...but I have to say looking back on it now it was 100% worth it and I'm so glad that I decided to do it! Only 7 months later and my smile has completely changed!

You are supposed to wear your aligners all day and night, and only take them out when you eat or drink.  You are also supposed to brush your teeth after you eat or drink anything prior to putting your aligners back in.  You can't chew gum while wearing the aligners which definitely helped me kick my bad gum chewing habit.  I seriously used to chew like 12 pieces of gum a day which was way too excessive.  Having to brush my teeth after eating every single time also definitely helped my dental health - hah! And speaking of dental health: I visited my regular dentist for my normal cleaning while wearing my aligners and my dentist was 100% supportive of my treatment. He was impressed with how well it was working!

The aligners were also completely invisible - no one could tell when I was wearing them.  My boyfriend didn't even notice! It was still comforting to know though that they were not permanently installed so if I had a really special event that I would prefer not to wear them during I could just take them out if needed. 

It's amazing how fixing something so small such as a snaggle tooth could make such a HUGE difference in my confidence level.  Going through my weight loss journey did huge things for my confidence and it frustrated me that after literally losing 100 pounds I still was frustrated with what I saw in some of my "after photos" because of my snaggle tooth.  If only losing 100 pounds was as easy as fixing my smile - I would have done it years ago!!! I am so, so glad that I decided to try Smile Direct Club and am so pleased with my results. 

All I see in my "after pictures" now is a happy, healthy girl. No more snaggle tooth can get in the way of my confidence OR my smile anymore!

Remember: if you want to try Smile Direct Club for yourself code "REBECCASMILES" gets you 50% your at home impression kit OR a free scan at your local SmileShop!

Check out this post on the Smile Direct Club blog as well!

Your Whims Wednesday #368 {And Features}

Time for another Your Whims Wednesday Party!

Here are some of my favorites from last weeks party:

DIY Hand Painted Block Signs by Kippi at Home
Vignette of finished signs

Sous Vide Salmon with Crispy Skin & Lemon Dill Sauce by The Bearded Hiker

Cactus Cookie from Nutter Butters by The Country Chic Cottage
Make cactus cookies from Nutter Butters with this simple recipe idea!

Easy & Healthy Cucumber Chips by DIY Adultation
 Collage of Cucumber Chips on Plate with text overlay: Easy and Healthy Lemon Dill Cucumber Chips
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Now... onto this weeks party!

4 Ingredient Banana Protein Cookies

Thank you Vital Proteins for sponsoring this post so I can share the recipe for these healthy and easy banana collagen protein cookies.

I am one of those types of people who HATES to waste food.  I eat broccoli that is on the verge of making the fridge unbearably stinky and  have snacked on yogurt who’s expiration date was two weeks prior because hey: close enough, right?!? I’m a pro at picking between the slimy leaves of spinach in a bag on its way out to use EVERY POSSIBLE fresh leaf left and have definitely eaten some questionably old left-over grilled chicken but have luckily lived to see another day so far!

Needless to say, when I see bananas going bad on my counter I immediately think of ways to save them whether by eating, freezing, or using them in a recipe. My stockpile of frozen bananas has gotten exceedingly large lately though, so when I had two measly bananas about to go bad and no desire to pack them for my regular afternoon snack I knew I needed to find a recipe to use them up. Thus, these 4 ingredient banana, collagen, oatmeal cookies were born!

I actually remember making a simplified version of these “3 ingredient cookies” when I was on my weight loss journey.  That was back when I had a doggie and I made the mistake of leaving the cookies on the edge of the counter to cool after taking them out of the oven.  I walked away and by the time I came back my dog had eaten two whole rows of the cookies!!! Ugh. Darn dog.

Luckily he was cute so I let him get away with it and LUCKILY he was ok afterwards as well because these cookies have chocolate chips in them which are a big no-no for dogs!

They may be a no-no for dogs…but the chocolate chips are a big YES YES for me in these cookies! I beefed up the original “3 ingredient cookie” recipe which was only chocolate chips, bananas and oats by adding Vital Proteins Banana Cinnamon Collagen Whey for a boost of protein and health benefits.   2 Scoops of this whey has 26 grams of protein and is also packed full of probiotics for good gut health.  It uses real banana, cinnamon and vanilla flavors with no artificial sugars or sweeteners added.  The whey is also combined with collagen to benefit from all the wonders that collagen supplements do for the body such as improved hair, skin and nail health. The collagen whey has a ton of great health benefits AND tastes good as well so it definitely deserves to become the 4th ingredient in these cookies!

These cookies come together super quick and you only need two bananas to make them so it’s a perfect staple recipe to pull out for when you need a sweet treat.  It also only makes 12 servings so you won’t be stuck with dozens of cookies tempting you for days after you bake them. And while cookies are always tempting…these are actually very low in fat and calories so no need for extra guilt when you eat them!

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Your Whims Wednesday #367 {And Features}

Time for another Your Whims Wednesday Party!

Here are some of my favorites from last weeks party:

Baked Dill Fried by Dizzy Busy and Hungry
Baked Dill Fries | DizzyBusyandHungry.com - Delicious, guilt-free fries dressed-up with olive oil and dill weed and baked until crispy on the outside!

Memory Wire Bracelets by My Bright Ideas

  DIY Front Door Mat Ideas with Stencils by Burlap and Blue
make your own doormat

 No-Sew T-Shit Dog Toys by Sew Historically
5 Different DIY No-Sew T-Shirt Dog Toys

Thanks to all who linked up! Grab a button if you were featured :)

Now... onto this weeks party!

Your Whims Wednesday #366 {And Features}

Time for another Your Whims Wednesday Party!

Here are some of my favorites from last weeks party:

Frozen Raspberry Peach Bellini by Delightful E Made
Just four ingredients are all you need to make this incredible frozen peach bellini! Slushy, fruity, and perfect anytime you're in the mood for sipping a fantastic champagne cocktail.

DIY Anchor Nautical Art by Live Craft Love

Back to School Cupcakes by The Country Chic Cottage
Make these back to school cupcakes for your little one! They will love eating these on the first day of school! Makes a great gift for teachers as well!

Peach Flatbread with Avocado and Balsamic Honey by Looney for Food

Yogurt Dipped Strawberry Fruit Bars by Gluesticks
These real strawberry fruit bars are dipped in low-fat strawberry banana yogurt and topped with a fresh strawberry slice. It's like a smoothie on a stick!

Thanks to all who linked up! Grab a button if you were featured :)

Now... onto this weeks party!