Brace Yourself

When I launched my First Light Designs website in May of 2012 (you can see my very first post here), this was the photo on my “About Dawn” page:

It was taken by graphic designer Deb Hollister, who also designed my website, setting it up to serve as both website and blog.

Years passed. Nine years, in fact. Occasionally I would think about updating the photo but found it easy to procrastinate. I finally contacted Deb a couple of weeks ago to ask about getting a new photo taken, only to find out that she had retired in 2019. Lucky for me, Deb graciously agreed to take my photo anyway, and this is the result:

The ensuing years have brought more gray hair and more wrinkles, and I’m fine with that. Notice anything else, though?

My teeth! At the age of 70, I did something I’ve thought about doing for decades:  I got braces.

Ironically, the retirement of my longtime dentist was the catalyst. My new dentist suggested I consider Invisalign braces, offering a free consultation with computer modeling to show what my teeth would look like during and after treatment. In addition to straightening my teeth (including my very crooked bottom teeth which don’t show up in photos), the braces would correct my significant overbite.

I decided to go for it. I got my braces in December 2020 and am now near the end of treatment. I’m very happy with the results and glad to get that page on my website updated.




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10 Responses to Brace Yourself

  1. Carolyn Browning says:

    You look great. Really young and not much change between the pictures. I’m impressed.

  2. Sandi says:

    Your picture is beautiful! Good for you on the braces. We should do whatever makes us happy at our age. Hugs,

  3. Elese Claussen says:

    Good for you! Wonderful photo.

  4. Nancy says:

    Beautiful lady!

  5. Lisa Plechl Phillips says:

    Simply stunning, Dawn. The years are in your favor, my dear. Cheers!

  6. Diane says:

    You are the ONLY person I know who gets better looking as you get older. Yet another gene your twin (i.e. me), who still loves you, did not get. Can’t wait to see what you look like at age 100!

  7. Sandy says:

    You never age…just get looking better and better.

  8. Carolyn Browning says:

    You are so smart.
    I just realized how cute it was to say “Brace yourself” with 2 meanings.
    I think I’ve been all by myself for way too long!

  9. Reigh says:

    Looking great, Dawn! You just keep getting prettier as you age gracefully. Not fair, but love you anyway!

  10. Sandy says:

    You look amazing in both pictures. There’s hardly any difference except the glasses and teeth but you look fantastic. You can be considered a “timeless” beauty. We wish we could all age so gracefully!

    Hugs from afar, my friend. Sandy Pruss

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