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jaime
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Braces are Off!

#1 Post by jaime »

I cross-posted this to my personal thread on the Braces Stories forum; I apologize if you find that annoying.

Yesterday was the big day! I had the day off work so I could drive to my hometown to get the braces off. I had a really pleasant drive and it seemed like the whole orthodontist's office was excited for me when I arrived.

I got my favourite assistant which I was secretly happy about! She's been so nice and supportive from the very beginning. So it was she and the hygienist who did all of the work (man I wish I had a bunch of assistants who do all my work!).

This was the process; there were a lot of steps involved. Skip this if you're not interested!
-prepared the permanent retaining wires by bending them so they fit flat against my teeth.
-prepared the back of my upper and lower front teeth for the glue (there was some gritty etching thing and some of that gross-tasting solution)
-bonded the retaining wires with tooth-coloured glue
-UV light to the set the glue
-ground off excess glue and smoothed everything out around the retaining wires (one of the more unpleasant parts because the drill was so strong)
-removed the wire on the upper teeth because they can't remove the ceramics with it in
-popped all of the metal brackets off (holy moly do they ever come off easily!)
-popped the ceramic brackets off: I'd read getting them off is awful but it was only slightly more pressure than the metal. No big deal at all.
-used the mini circular saw thing to cut the two molar bands from my former TPA (one of the more painful moments, as the bands expanded and put pressure on my teeth as soon as they were cut)
-pulled the molar bands off (not the most fun part but it was very quick)
-cut the bracket glue off with those weird scissor things
-ground off the rest of the glue with the drill: everyone says that's the worst part but I think because she had done so much already with the "scissors," it was pretty painless (about 20 seconds per tooth).
-polished the teeth
-checked my bite to make sure I wasn't biting too much on the retaining wire, drilled off glue where necessary
-one impression of my upper teeth
-instructions for my new retaining wires ("don't bite into apples, corn on the cob, or pizza crust!")

Anyway, here are some photos since I know that's what you clicked the link for!

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^Before treatment and after! I still feel like my teeth look gigantic! Sorry the before photo is grainy, it was a photo I zoomed in on.

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^My bite post SARPE, 1 year into braces, pre-double jaw surgery

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^Top row: pre-SARPE, post-SARPE, 1 year of braces
Middle row: pre-SARPE, post-SARPE, 1 year of braces
Bottom row: first day of braces, 1 year of braces, my functional bite post-SARPE/pre-double jaw surgery (the photo above is where my jaw actually sat naturally)


So the big question...am I happy? I would say I'm about 95% happy. My left side doesn't close together, I think because of excessive wear on those teeth. I also don't like that I have a slight cant and that my upper lip isn't symmetrical. I think it's possible that when I was in my early 20s, I had a few minor Bell's Palsy attacks that were so mild, I didn't know what it was at the time. I can see in photos of me over the years that after those episodes (which I remember but always thought it was nothing), that the left side of my face looks weaker.

Now that I'm done, I am really glad I went through with SARPE and the double jaw surgery (with sliding genio). I'm still pretty young and I figured it was smart to fix things properly as I hopefully have a lot of years left of chewing! So I have no regrets at all.

Oh and the best part was that my teeth are actually fairly white which shocked me! I totally expected to have staining because I drink black coffee daily and only brush when I wake up and before I go to bed. I used an electric toothbrush daily and used my Waterpik 1-3X a week. I also didn't floss, but don't tell anyone. :oops:
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SARPE: December 19, 2013
Expander out/TPA in: May 13th, 2014
Upper and lower braces: May 21, 2014
Lefort I + BSSO + sliding genioplasty: June 11, 2015
TPA out: December 17, 2015 (due to issues)
Braces off: November 28th, 2016!!!
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My ArchWired thread (last updated November 29th, 2016)

JanineJanine
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#2 Post by JanineJanine »

Congratulations!! I'm still too much of a newbie to see your pics but it was interesting to read about the removal procedure and I will check back in future when I am getting to that stage of my journey to remind myself what to expect. Enjoy your new smile!

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#3 Post by djspeece »

Beautiful result! Congratulations.
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#4 Post by Lovespain5 »

Congratulations. Nice results! :D
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#5 Post by TheProfessor »

Amazing transformation! Enjoy your naked smile!!!
Braces installed on March 25, 2014: Damon clears on top and metal on bottom.
I had braces for 25 months!

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#6 Post by ditsy »

They look awesome! Mine are coming off next week, I have a wonky face and one side of mine are still quite open but I'm so looking forward to it! Xxx
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#7 Post by jaime »

ditsy wrote:They look awesome! Mine are coming off next week, I have a wonky face and one side of mine are still quite open but I'm so looking forward to it! Xxx
Sounds like we have similar problems! Hopefully your bite will settle well when the braces are off. Congrats to you! One more week!


Thank you to everybody for the kind words!
SARPE: December 19, 2013
Expander out/TPA in: May 13th, 2014
Upper and lower braces: May 21, 2014
Lefort I + BSSO + sliding genioplasty: June 11, 2015
TPA out: December 17, 2015 (due to issues)
Braces off: November 28th, 2016!!!
My blog
My ArchWired thread (last updated November 29th, 2016)

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#8 Post by JCloNY »

CONGRATULATIONS! Your teeth look amazing and you had a damn hard road. Well worth sticking it out.
2-year sentence of clear top and bottom braces commencing March 23, 2016
November 2016 - Class III elastics (starts from the bottom canine and goes to the upper 1st molar) on both sides
December 2016 - Two front teeth filed (IPR?) to make space to close black triangle and a power chain; 4 front bottom ceramic brackets replaced with metal brackets to force the teeth straighter; 1 broken bottom molar bracket (courtesy of a Tootsie Roll craving);

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#9 Post by jaime »

JCloNY wrote:CONGRATULATIONS! Your teeth look amazing and you had a damn hard road. Well worth sticking it out.
Thank you so much!
SARPE: December 19, 2013
Expander out/TPA in: May 13th, 2014
Upper and lower braces: May 21, 2014
Lefort I + BSSO + sliding genioplasty: June 11, 2015
TPA out: December 17, 2015 (due to issues)
Braces off: November 28th, 2016!!!
My blog
My ArchWired thread (last updated November 29th, 2016)

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