it's the day -- the BIG DAY. The day that every person dreams of
from the beginning of treatment I'm getting my braces off!!
It's the day before the BIG DAY and I'm sitting at work filled
with excitement. Every time I stare at myself in the mirror, I
smile and try to imagine my mouth without all the metal in it.
The excitement is just overwhelming.
today is the day…I wake up early due to my excitement about
being brace free. I arrive on time and Nicole, the front desk
assistant, greets me and ask me if I'm excited about getting
my braces off. I just reply "you have no idea." The
assistant calls me back and I take a seat in the lounge chair
and prepare myself for removal. I ask the assistant if she
minds if I watch with a mirror. She said it'll be no problem.
So I grab the mirror and watch intently as she removes the
pink power chain. She then clips the metal ligatures that I
had around a few teeth for a tighter adjustment. She then
removes the arch wire and I'm staring at my mouth for the last
time with the metal brackets.
then takes this instrument that has a rubber stop on one side
and a pick looking thing on the other and grabs onto the metal
band on my back molar and with one closing of the instrument,
the band is gone!! Just like that…it seemed so much more
difficult than it was. She then proceeded onto the other 3
bands and viola, the bands were gone.
then took this other instrument and grabbed each bracket and
they seemed to just melt off with the instrument. She then
allowed me to brush my teeth. WOW what a wonderful feeling,
but strange, not having the metal there when I close my mouth.
I brush brace free for the first time and it feels so weird
and I cannot stop smiling into the mirror…even though there
are clumps of cement still on my teeth from where the brackets
used to be.
head back to my chair and the assistant then uses the
instrument that has the rubber stop and pick on it again and
starts to scrap the cement off my teeth. Of anything, I think
that this was the worst part of the removal…it feels like
fingernails on a chalkboard, well at least to me. I was so
afraid that she was going to break my teeth off in the
process. After about 5 minutes of scraping, she's done and I
run my tongue over my teeth and they feel smooth and slick and
weird…once again. I keep looking at my teeth in the mirror,
to enjoy my new smile!
It was like only yesterday that I was getting them put on. Me
and my braces have been through a lot together. From eating
nothing but soft food in the beginning to using a syringe to
rinse out during my deployment. I was thinking, "man, I'm
gonna miss my braces," but I look in the mirror again and
think other wise.
orthodontist then comes over and looks at my teeth and begins
the drill. Well, it has a bur on the end to remove the rest of
the cement off of my teeth. He then uses the same drill, but
with a rubber piece on it and rubs it over all of my teeth,
almost like he's polishing my teeth. He then says you can go
and brush your teeth. I walk over to the sink and smile and my
teeth are black….ewwww. I brush really good and they are
white again, thank goodness.
for a tray with the mold stuff in it to make my top retainer.
Not that bad…watermelon flavor. I sit patiently while I wait
for the mold to harden, I don't think anything can bother me,
my braces just came off. She pulls the tray out of my mouth
and I can go rinse out and wash around my mouth. I return to
my seat and she lets me know that I'm going to get a permanent
retainer on my bottom front teeth and then I'll get to get my
new pictures taken. She fits the wire to fit my bottom teeth
and proceeds to cement them in. No problem..5 minutes and I'm
finished. I then walk to a back room where they take my new
pictures..brace free!!! I smile big, like I've never smiled
before. The assistant then asks me how old I am and I tell her
24. She gives me the option of a bag of candy or a bottle of
wine. I'm not really into candy, so I accept the wine
instantly. I'm sure I'll need it later when my teeth are
orthodontist then comes to me with my retainer…it's clear
and plastic looking and he asks me to pop it on my top teeth.
WOW tight fit, and I'm told to wear for 24 hours a day, only
taking it off to eat and brush. He then handed me a purple
case with my name on it, to hold my retainers in them while I
eat and brush. He told me never to leave it in a napkin or not
in the case, because it can accidentally be thrown away.
was it…I was finished. The orthodontist gives me a hug and
tells me congratulations on my new smile. I was so excited. I
went to the front desk to get a 4 week appointment to check my
retainers and I was out the door…smiling. The entire way
home I kept checking the rear view mirror to look at my new
smile. It was wonderful and I just keep smiling!!!