First off, how did your Candid treatment go?
E: My Candid treatment exceeded my expectations. I have seen a complete transformation, and have seen a huge improvement in my self confidence :) Candid makes everything so simple and stress free with their personalized box. They send you all of your aligners which are clearly labeled, whitening foam, a retainer case, and a few tools to help making changing the aligners easier. They really made sure that we had all the tools we needed to be successful with our treatment.
J: My treatment couldn’t have gone any better. Every few weeks transitioning to the next aligner set was so smooth especially how Candid organized their box. Everything is laid out strategically for the length of your personalized treatment which sets you up for your dream smile!
What prompted you to start with Candid? Was it preparing for your wedding?
E: We started our Candid treatment about 1 year before we got engaged, so we both did it because we were insecure about our smiles. My front 2 teeth overlapped a bit, and it always drove me nuts when I looked at photos of me smiling. Johnny had a gap between his 2 front teeth (which I thought was adorable!) and he always hated it, so we decided it was time to make a change and start an aligner treatment and that’s where Candid came in and changed our lives.
J: For me, it was the gap between my front 2 teeth. It was very big which made me extremely insecure when I smiled so I would always smile with my lips closed. I know when we get married, all I will be doing is smiling so I wanted to make a change and make a change fast. CANDID turned out to be such a blessing due to all the check boxes it checked off. It was easy, organized and fast while providing me with the smile I always wanted!
What do you wish you’d known going in?
E: I didn’t consider the amount of hours in a day (22) that the aligners must be worn. This was a challenge for me, because when I eat out didn’t always have a way to brush my teeth and I didn’t want to put my aligners back in with dirty teeth, so not wearing them for the full 22hrs required would make my teeth very sore!
J: For me, it was how often you’re forced to brush your teeth. After every meal, every cup of coffee or really anything that isn’t water, you have to brush your teeth. Sometimes, due to the circumstances you can’t brush your teeth and have to put back in your aligners which for me, I always hated the situations cause your mouth felt dirty. So I wish I would have known to always have a toothbrush and toothpaste on hand so you’re always prepared!
What’s the biggest change you’ve noticed in yourself since finishing your treatment?
E: I smile much bigger, and I am not self conscious :) It’s the best feeling! J: I’m more confident around people, I tend to smile more, and I’ve lost all my insecurities associated with my teeth.
What was it like going through treatment with your partner?
E: Honestly, it made the process so much easier. If something was bothering me or vice versa, we could tell each other about it and share tips and tricks. It was also nice because we would change aligners at the same time and were able to hold each other accountable and stay on track.
J: To be honest, exactly what Eva said. She took the words right out of my mouth!
With your wedding on the horizon, did it make Candid feel like long-term wedding prep? Like six months of daily cake tastings?
E: LOL yes! Candid has been such a critical step in our wedding prep. Although we are finished with treatment, we have been LOVING the whitening foam that we use in your nighttime retainers. Gotta have bright pearly whites for the wedding!
J: LOL no not really for me. To be honest, you get so use wearing them, you tend to forget that you even have them in! Of course you always have the wedding in mind and you want everything to be perfect, including your smile, but like I said, you forget that you have them in which is nice because it becomes one less thing you have to worry about.
How did you two support, encourage, tease, etc each other as you made your way through treatment?
E: Johnny was SO supportive through the whole process, even with all my complaining because I’m a big baby with even the tiniest amount of pain. He started his aligner treatment a few weeks before me, so it was nice to have him teach me all the tricks that he learned on how to get the most out of my aligner experience :)
J: I started a little earlier than Eva so when she got hers, I kind of gave her the run down of what to expect, how to manage your day to day with them and upkeep. It was nice though, once she got her retainers in, we made it a point to start hers as I was transitioning mine to the next set so we both were on the same 2 week schedule. If I forgot she would remind me and vice versa. But I did get a little braggy towards the end as far as showing off my new smile when it was almost done and teasing her that she had a few more weeks to go. ;)
Did your Candid experience make you want to take on other projects as a couple? If so, what kind? E: Johnny and I have been working together for 6 years, so going through Candid treatment together felt totally natural. We love working together and are working on some fun video projects this Fall that we are so excited to share soon!
J: For us, we’ve been working together and of course in a relationship for the last 6 years so with CANDID, it just felt natural in the sense of the both of us collaborating on another adventure!
Johnny, you photograph Eva a lot. Do you notice much of a difference in her as a subject post-Candid?
J: absolutely! There was a lot more confidence in her posing and her overall personality! She was laughing more, smiling more, it was nice to see that confidence come to life in a way it hasn’t before.
And Eva, when you take and edit photos now, what difference do you see?
E: I see a HUGE difference in the number of photos in our camera roll that show me smiling! I NEVER used to smile - especially when my profile was on display because you could really see how crooked my front teeth were from that angle. Now, I smile without hesitation and it is such a good feeling :) I am so grateful for my experience with Candid!
At Candid, we’re really focused on self-expression. What does true self-expression look like for you?
E: For me, I have always been a bit shy. So when I can get out of my shell and be my true self while creating content I feel my best!
J: Self Expression for me, is having the ability to express yourself in the way YOU truly want to and not being held back by personal insecurities. For me, I love laughing and try to always stay positive and smile. After my treatment, I really felt like I could be myself again due to that confidence that returned that allowed me to really express who I am as a person.
OK, now for the lightning round! Don’t think too hard about these questions, just fire off your answers.
Last person you kissed?
E: Johnny :)
What’s your brand of toothpaste?
J: Colgate (we share)
What were you trying to change by doing Candid?
E: My 2 front teeth
J: My 2 front teeth ( I swear I am not coping her right now )
Biggest aligner fail?
E: Forgetting my aligners when traveling and serving myself back :(
J: Eating a big steak dinner and not being able to brush my teeth after the meal and having to put my aligners back in. ( pro tip, always carry a toothbrush and toothpaste with you like you would your phone )
Go-to karaoke jam?
E: Don’t stop believing!
J: Palms are sweaty, knees weak, arms are heavy, vomit on his sweater already, moms spaghetti ;)
Who makes you smile the most?
E: My fiancé Johnny :)
J: This babe next to me!
When do you feel most confident?
E: When I accomplish everything on my to-do list
J: Look good, feel good, do good!
What was the first thing you did when you finished your aligners?
E: Took a ton of selfies ;)
J: looked at my before and after photos! Best decision I have made (outside of asking Eva to marry me ;) )
This is a paid post by Candid, but all opinions are my own.