Saturday, March 23, 2013

This girl got a new domain name!

My old web address was and after some thought... that is just confusing. The name of my blog is "Sunshine!" so why not have a domain name that has the word sunshine in it?

Duh, Tristan.

So if something seems different or you have any problems finding my blog, that is why!

I hope you are having a great weekend!

Friday, March 22, 2013

Confessional Friday {Link Up with A Blonde Ambition}

I confess... yesterday I drank a breakfast Slim-Fast smoothie and didn't take out my Invisalign.
Total. Rebel.

I confess... I went to six different TJ Maxx's and Marshall's in Joplin, Wichita KS, and Rogers AR in a matter of four days last week. I was searching for a pink vanity chair and a leopard print rug. I found neither. ERR!!

I confess... I am terrified of dangly earrings. I wear stud pearls every day. I am just so scared of catching my hairbrush or something on my earring and it ripping my ear lobe. When my mom was young her dog's fingernail caught her earring and ripped her ear lobe and now she can't wear earrings. Oh and when I was little I saw a girl rip her eyebrow ring out when she was brushing her hair. Yuck. I have a lot of dangly ear rings but I only wear them on VERY special occasions.

I confess... my neon yellow nail polish has sparked an insane obsession with all things... neon yellow. You just wait to see!

I confess... I need YouTube rehab. I watch entirely too many YouTube videos. I have about 20 YouTuber's that I watch every day. Like... I don't miss a video... and when I do, I stay up late to catch up.

and finally...

I confess that I am sick and I'm pretty pissed about it. I have way too much stuff to do for me to be sick. And this cold rainy/snowy/sleety weather... don't even get me started!!!

Happy Friday!

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Saw It. Pinned It. Did It... Glowstick Nails!

I saw this picture on Pinterest and instantly fell in love!
And this one...
And then I remembered seeing this color on Ingrid last summer...
Obnoxious, highlighter yellow nails?


I have not had fake nails since 2009 when this happened:

(pic was about ten days after)

Yes that is blood under my finger nail. Gross I know.
We were out on the boat and I was grabbing the bumpers to tie-up to another boat. When I was walking to the bow of the boat I lost my grip on the rope and dropped the bumper in the water. My stupid move was trying to grab it and when I did that my finger nail caught the hand-rail. It pulled my nail straight off the nail bed. Makes my stomach churn just thinking about it! I immediately squeezed my nail back on to my nail bed and tried to not toss my cookies all over the place. Luckily, we were tying up with a friend who was a doctor! He rinsed it and put that stretchy medical tape on it and said "You are gonna be okay!" That was a relief but I could not use my right hand at all! Hair washing, writing, nothing. Sucked.

So I grew a pair and went to my favorite pedicure place, but this time I asked for a mani. The nice Chinese man says...
 "Ooooooh, you get maneecuurr theese time? You neva get maneecurr."

Long story short, I LOVE THESE BABIES!

My nails remind me of post-it notes...
Miss Geico...
and LMFAO.
The color is by Orly and it is called "Glowstick".
And right now at Ulta Orly is Buy 1 Get 1 FREE so that is $4.00 per bottle of polish!

I know the color is a little much for spring but I just could not wait! A little tip to get the polish as bright as possible is to paint one coat of white polish underneath two coats of Glowstick. It really makes the color pop! Oh, and the color is black light reflective! Super cool!!

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

My Invisalign Experience- The Beginning

Hi all!

I have had my Invisalign since February 28th. Hooray for me!
I can't wait to have straight teeth. I have been wanting this for so long! With that being said, apparently Invisalign is not the only thing I need to straighten my teeth... let's start at the beginning.

Going back as far as I can remember I have had really bad teeth issues. When I was four years old I had to have nine caps put on my baby teeth. I was terrified and would not hold still for the dentist. I was running away from him and there were three dentists chasing me around. They finally got me to sit down after luring me with soda. They had to knock me out with laughing gas and some other stuff. It was the most terrible experience of my childhood.

Then when I was six years old I was playing tag during recess and I tripped and fell on the concrete. I chipped the corner off my front tooth. I was crying my eyes out and just wanted my mom to come pick me up, but they could not get a hold of her. I had to stay at the school for three hours until she came to pick me up when school let out. I did not have my tooth fixed until I was 20 years old. That's how scared I was of the dentist.

Then my perpetual cavity problem began when I was ten years old. I would get cavities so fast that the tooth would either need to be pulled, or have a root canal. I guess my pain tolerance was high enough that I didn't notice I had a cavity until it was too late. (Now I know why this was happening.) I got a root canal and it only lasted me one year and it cost me over $1,500. I have had six molars pulled (not including my wisdom teeth) from the ages 10-22. Unfortunately, my dentist never told me the damage that was being done to my face and bone structure.

When I met Tyson and began to spend more time in Joplin, I started going to his family dentist. Last May we discovered that I had, yet another, deep cavity. The dentist explained to me that if I had any more molars pulled, I would need extensive oral surgery including implants, bone grafts, and more. I got a root canal to save the tooth. Goodbye $1,860 dollars!

It was last summer when I started researching Invisalign. I was searching online for success stories and cost. I found a "Premier Preferred Provider" in Joplin and made an appointment for a consultation. When I sat down with him I told him I had one request: to not pull my wisdom teeth. They are the teeth I use for chewing so I can not afford to have them pulled. They are good teeth and there is no reason to pull them because I will just continue to lose more bone structure. He disagreed with me. He said that he would need to pull my wisdom teeth for the treatment to work. I listened to his suggestions but was not confident that he was the right person to do this job. The price they gave me for treatment was $4,799.00. I also should add that he is not an orthodontist. He is a general dentist that went to the training to be and Invisalign provider.

After leaving his office, I was convinced that Invisalign would not work for me, but I kept looking for a fix. I found an orthodontist in Fayetteville, Arkansas that was an "Elite Preferred Provider" and that specialized in six different types of braces, Invisalign being one of them. I stalked his website for a few months reading about all of his patients testimonials and their experience with his practice. He is well respected all over the country, has written a book, and is in the top 22 Invisalign providers in North America. By December, I decided I needed to schedule a consultation.

Lucky for me, Tyson supports my quest for a beautiful smile, so for Christmas he gave me a suitcase full of money as a down-payment for my braces. I was so excited and could not wait to make my appointment!
Tyson and I met with Dr. Richard Roblee on January 14. This was the day that I learned about all of my oral and facial problems. They did a 3D scan of my head, took photos of me at all angles, and took numerous x-rays. Dr. Roblee explained to me that one of the reasons for my oral/facial issues was that I have a deviated septum.
I have had a crooked nose my whole life and I have never been able to breath well out of my nose. My left nostril is about 80% blocked and most days I can only breath out of one nostril.

This is where things got interesting... Dr. Roblee explained to me that sleeping through my mouth my whole life has caused a lot of problems. Humans are not supposed to sleep with their mouths open. Humans are supposed to breath through their nose while asleep. Teeth are supposed to stay moist throughout the night. My teeth have been dried out every night for 25 years. This was the reason my cavities came and destroyed my teeth so quickly. It had nothing to do with my brushing and flossing routine. (Which was really good, I might add.)

He also explained that without the pressure of my tongue on the roof of my mouth every night caused my bite to be very narrow and my teeth to slightly lean in. It also explains why my tongue is so massive! The same issue has also caused my upper teeth to "fall" slightly. I have a "gummy smile" (see pic above) because those teeth have not had the constant pressure from my lower teeth holding them in place all night. Thanks gravity!
my narrow, V-shaped teeth

The fact that my upper teeth are not high enough in my maxilla also plays a roll with my chin, jawline, and profile. My mandible cannot rotate far enough up for my mouth to close properly. This causes my profile to appear "off" and my chin is tense because it is actually pushing my lower lip up to meet my upper lip, something those muscles should not have to do.

Anyone confused yet?

Yeah... I was, too.

Dr. Roblee suggested I see a periodontist and an ear/nose/throat doctor. I met with Dr. Curry, a periodontist that Dr. Roblee works closely with on February 28th. Dr. Curry told me that I would need to have bone grafted in to my lower right jaw, get three implants, and have a procedure done called "corticotomies" that will move my upper teeth farther in to the bone. It's a really disgusting procedure where they cut back your gums to get access to the bone and then they score the bone between the teeth. This damages the bone simulating a break and then they use the next three months of healing time to move the teeth very quickly. They install small hooks on the inside and outside of my gums and I would have to attach a little tiny spring that would pull the teeth up with constant pressure. Yuck. Makes me wanna yack, especially when he told me that I would not be under general anesthesia. He said he needs me to be "kind of awake" in order to know that I am not drowning from all the water he uses during the surgery. This surgery would enable my mandible to rotate farther up and therefore my chin muscles would relax and my profile would be better. It would also reduce my gummy smile.

Here is a before and after picture of Bristol Palin when she had a similar surgery.

I met with an ear/nose/throat doctor on March 14. She told me my nose was pretty effed up. Haha! I don't know a lot about noses so bear with me... she said my septum was bent kind of in the shape of a "V" and that is what is blocking my left airway. She also said my nostrils aren't symmetrical because of some thing I can't remember but she said she can fix it. She scheduled me for surgery next month and I am freaking out. I still have a few things to get in place before I commit to the surgery, though. The surgery only takes about 30 minutes but I will have to be under general anesthesia which I have never had. Apparently it takes about a week to recover and they suggest you should really do as little as possible. Week two is when you can return to your regular schedule but it takes around six months for the full affect to be noticed. She also said she would put two splints in my nose to keep the correct shape for healing. I watched a YouTube video of someone having their splint removed and it is freaking nasty.
my effed up nose

So now that I have learned how entirely messed up my face is, I want it fixed. I find it very interesting that these issues are health related and affect my quality of life. A lot of people have told me "Oh don't worry about it, you are your own biggest critic." Yes, this may be true, but I want to fix the root of the problem, not disguise it with Botox.

This whole process is probably going to take around two years. Right now I am changing my aligners every week and I have 53 aligners. That's one whole year if Dr. Roblee doesn't increase or decrease me from changing them once a week (which could happen). Dr. Roblee is a perfectionist and he told me that after I finish these 53 aligners, he will scan my mouth again and order me a set of "refiners" which are more aligners that will basically make my smile perfect... just small changes that he will make after he sees how my teeth have moved.

I must add that this process will not be cheap. My treatment (only the Invisalign) costs almost $7,500 dollars. That does not include the possible oral surgery, implants, or my septoplasty.

It's going to be a long road and I am very excited and nervous! I just hope everything works/heals/moves the right way and there are no scary surprises along the way!
Thanks for reading!

Want to read more about my Invisalign treatment? Click the links below!

Invisalign Survival Kit

How to Keep Invisalign Clean

My Dental Implant Experience

Invisalign Update: October 22, 2013

Invisalign update: One Year Appointment

Monday, March 4, 2013

Weekend Update!

This is my first time linking-up with Sami's Shenanigans!

This wasn't technically the "weekend" but I have to share my dinner from Thursday night. That was the day I got my first Invisalign trays so I was STARVING when we got back to Joplin. We ate dinner at 609 and they had just changed the menu so I just ordered some chicken with two side choices... asparagus and spinach. The spinach was CRUNCHY. It was sooo good! I have never had spinach prepared like this. It was not steamed, like how I usually have it. Have you ever had spinach that was crunchy?

Moving on with more food...
Friday night I was starving, yet again! So I went a little cray at Del Rio. I tell you what, if you want to go on a diet, get Invisalign. For the last four days I have not "snacked". Nope. Not once. It is too much of a pain in the ass to take out my aligners, rinse them off, eat something, then brush my teeth and put them back in. It's probably a good 10 minute process. I have been eating 3 meals a day. And that's it!

Wanna see something gross? Here are my aligners/trays. These little guys have taken up residence in my pie-hole. I change aligners every seven days (on Thursday nights). Last Thursday and Friday I was one cranky brat... boy I hope it's not like that every week!

Hello Saturday! I curled my hair. Whatcha think?

So my crazy boyfriend decided Saturday would be the perfect day to test some new props on the boat. That sounds great and all except for the part where it was 40 DEGREES OUTSIDE. Now listen... I love boating and all but if it is between October and April, I need a boat with heater.

We went to Hooker's at Cherokee Yacht Club for a late lunch and we ordered the "shrimp cocktail" which ended up being the biggest shrimps I have ever seen!

That is one big ass shrimp! Lol!!

Saturday night when we got back after our frozen boat ride, I wanted to go to this new bakery called Cupcake's by Liz. I ordered this beauty and she was delicious!

Sunday I got up bright and early to sell my old car! I had a buyer contact me Friday for a test-drive, then he called me Saturday and made me an offer that I accepted, and then Sunday I delivered the car and got my payment! This was the first time I have ever sold a car! I think the nice man that bought my car thought I was nuts because I nearly started to cry when he made me an offer that I couldn't refuse!
I was a little happy. Lol

Sunday afternoon I hit up Big Lots for the 20% sale. I got a bunch of great stuff that was super cheap! A lot of dental things like little weird shaped tooth brushes to clean my aligners and mouthwash.

That was my weekend!

Friday, March 1, 2013

Confessional Friday {Link Up with A Blonde Ambition}

Helloooooo Friday!!!

I confess that I missed my blog's First Birthday. I'm such a bad blog-mom!
Let's have a little celebration!
That was fun!

moving on...

I confess that I love me some Big Lots! I got a 20% coupon a few days ago that is this Sunday only.
Yes I cleared my schedule for a Big Lots shopping trip.
No I am not crazy.
Yes I am.

I confess that my Invisalign is really freaking annoying. I told myself that I would not be one of those people who piss-and-moan about orthodontic work but omg these things are freaking weird!
I feel like I got punched in the teeth and there is one spot where the plastic is rubbing on my tongue. I'll go in to more detail on another day.

welcome to My Grill...

I confess that I have filmed two videos regarding my Invisalign experience and I'm just not digging it. There are some people that the camera just does not flatter. I am one of those people. More on this later...

I confess that I am lusting after a YMCA membership. I have always found myself more of a gym-rat than an at-home-gym-mouse. I just can't get motivated at home!

I confess that I got two rain jackets at JCPenney the other day and I can not wait for it to rain so I can wear them!

And finally I confess that I just want to go back to bed. My teeth hurt, I talk funny, and I'm grumpy... nobody wants to be around me so I vote YES on going back to bed!!

Have a great weekend!