As the golden summer starts to slip away and the days grow shorter, we anxiously look forward to celebrations throughout the winter and fall. End of the year festivities give us an opportunity to reconnect with family and friends, some of whom we haven’t seen in years. We feast, laugh, make merry through the darkness of winter, and we reminisce. You might find yourself pouring through old family photos, and if your friends are anything like mine, you will find yourself making new photo memories.

Photographs can be very bittersweet at this emotional time of the year. They tug at our heartstrings as we remember family and friends who are no longer with us. They track our growth, our aging, and our laughter lines. To a self-critic like me, they also serve as a captured reminder of my flaws and my insecurities. While I had always been told that my smile could light up a room, it was hard for me to see photos of myself when I wasn’t confident with the way my teeth looked. Don’t get me wrong, I am not camera-shy. After twenty-some years, I had developed camera angles you wouldn’t believe to minimize the contorted appearance of my crooked teeth. With the evolution of selfies, I became a pro at posing in ways that wouldn’t make you think twice that I didn’t have a normal smile. But around the holidays, when my friends and family were in charge of the camera, Facebook would always emerge with photos like these that left me feeling self conscious about my appearance.

A Halloween Fright

Thanksgiving with Friends

Pre-Christmas 2017
(& I’m still in treatment!)


If you’ve ever met me in the office or seen my previous blogs, you know how passionate I am about Invisalign. When I moved to the Midlothian/Chesterfield area, I had no idea how lucky I got in finding Dr. Gardner as my dental provider. Through his expertise, Invisalign has changed my confidence in my appearance and that has infiltrated every facet of my life.

In celebration of the holiday season, Bright Smiles is offering $500 off of Invisalign treatment, and for any new Invisalign patient that starts treatment, we will enter you into a raffle to WIN FREE INVISALIGN! This holiday special is good through December 15, 2017.

This December, remain steadfast in your New Year’s resolution for self-improvement in the coming year. If that resolution involves improving your oral hygiene health or improving your self-confidence in your appearance and you think Invisalign might be something that you are interested in learning more about, please reach out to us at Bright Smiles! We love to see the amazing transformations that our patients make and are honored to share that experience with you.