A few days early, but I'm FREE!!!!

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A few days early, but I'm FREE!!!!

#1 Post by TXMommy »

Yes yes yes!!! After almost 24 months of donning those lovely teeth jewelry, my chompers are FREE!!! :dance: :jump: :-88 :jump: :dance:

I was originally supposed to go in next Tuesday, but I start training for a new job (woot woot!) on Monday, and I REALLY didn't want to miss training and jeopardize the job. Luckily, they were able to get me in today! I get there at 10:30 a.m. and wait for MAYBE three minutes. I'm settled in the usual chair with my usual tech, but I'm dancing around like I have ants in my pants because I'm SO nervous the ortho will change his mind. :shock: The office is REALLY busy, so it takes him about five minutes to come over (which felt like an ETERNITY to me). He comes over, checks my bite, tells me, "Girl, your bite looks SO good! Let's get these things off!" :jump: I wanted to hug him, but I refrained. :wink:

Now, my teeth tend to be a little cold-sensitive, so I have been brushing with Sensodyne since Christmas. I also took two Aleve about 30 minutes before my appointment to hopefully head off any pain or discomfort (especially since I have ceramics on top). My metal bottoms came off first -- what a breeze! Thirty seconds max, and my bottoms were free. Then came the tops. I'm not gonna lie -- I was really nervous about those. However, I don't know if it was the fact that I took Aleve or if the tool and tech were just THAT good, but the tops came off without a hitch as well. There was more pressure involved, but no pain whatsoever. I rinse, swish and spit and my lips hit my teeth for the first time in almost two years. WOW!!! My mouth almost felt empty, but it was awesome!

I reminded my tech about my sensitivity to cold. She said she would scrape as much of the glue off by hand as she could so she wouldn't have to use the drill for too long. She did a GREAT job, and I never even flinched from the drill (though I think if she WOULD have had to get all the glue off with the drill I might have been a little more uncomfortable). She went over each tooth twice and thoroughly checked my gumline for leftover glue. Since I was getting a bonded retainer on the bottom, she went ahead and cleaned my bottom teeth while she was down there. More swishing and spitting followed, and there in the mirror were my shiny straight teeth! :BigTeethGrin: They felt so SMOOTH. And OH MY GOSH I am doing some at-home whitening as soon as possible. :shock: I would also like to get some bonding done in the future, but that's WAY down the road. Anyway, I digress! :roll:

Back to the chair! So, they take the molds for my upper retainer. I HATE that part, but luckily I remembered to breathe through my nose (I had to concentrate pretty hard on that) and it wasn't so bad. I almost lost it at the end, though...anyway, I was surprised -- my ortho ended up giving me an Essix retainer after all! :dance: I'm a little concerned about the Essix being able to keep my canines in place, but I'm willing to give this a go. They prepped and placed the bottom retainer (which tasted NASTY :feelsick:, and was probably the most time-consuming part other than the polishing). No additional retainer for the bottoms other than the bonded, so yay! :jump: I have to wear my retainer 24/7 for two months, then at night only for a month before my checkup in April. I got a certificate for a free professional photo session and free 8x10, too. And a pretty pink sparkly retainer case. :wink:

So that's it! I can't believe the transformation. I will post pictures tomorrow (as I'm pretty exhausted right now!) but it was such an experience...and I am SO glad that I decided to quit my adult whining and just get the job done. And I did it! :-88

No more :paperbag: I'm all about :BigTeethGrin:
Braced Jan. 31, 2008
Sentenced to 24 months
Debraced Jan. 14, 2010!
Now wearing Essix retainer on top 24/7 with bonded lower

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#2 Post by BracketRacket »

Congrats! :D

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#3 Post by Braaces »

Congratulations! You must be sooo happy!! I am getting braces in about a month! Kinda nervous, but I can't wait to have a nice smile! Post pics soon! I want to see them! :lol:

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#4 Post by Margie »

Congratulations! I am happy to hear that the debanding went well! I can't wait to see your pictures!

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#5 Post by PJ »

Congratulations! Glad it was so easy for you. :D I felt some pain when my uppers were removed. I get the lowers off next Wed.--kinda nervous, but very excited to see both uppers and lowers free of braces for the first time in over 2 years!

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#6 Post by sdawdy »

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I think this pretty much sums it up....YEA

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#7 Post by TXMommy »

FINALLY getting around to those pics! 8) I can't stop smiling these days; it's SUCH a relief to be rid of those vampire teeth and that awful overbite. Sooo...here we go:

Right before I walked into the office -- my teeth in chains and elastics for [hopefully!] the last time (I swear, it looks like a torture chamber!):

This is how I started out almost two years ago:

And here is my brand-new smile!

It may not be movie-star quality, and it may not be anyone's definition of perfect (judging by some of the posts I've read recently). My midline is off, I'd like my teeth whiter and my canines bonded to be more square, but I LOVE LOVE LOVE my new smile! I'm not embarrassed to smile big cheesy smiles, and I'm excited to start sending out resume reels to television news stations.
Braced Jan. 31, 2008
Sentenced to 24 months
Debraced Jan. 14, 2010!
Now wearing Essix retainer on top 24/7 with bonded lower

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#8 Post by pearls »


What a transformation! They look absolutely stunning. I am due to get de banded in mid March so can only imagine how excited you are feeling right now! My midline is also off, but sometimes that's just something which can't be fixed because of the bite or teeth shape etc.

Enjoy your lovely new smile and good luck with your television station applications!!
Spacers in: 9/4/2008
Braces on:16/4/2008
Sentanced for: 18 months
Metal upper and lowers


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#9 Post by Vieve25 »

WOW! Youre smile is beautiful!!! I really really hope my teeth can look like that!!!! thats too cool! congrats!
-Jennie (Vieve25)

-Class II division II type malocclusion
-Severely deep overbite
-Upper Left Permanent Cuspid is Impacted
-Midline deviation

Treatment Plan:
-Full banded appliances
-Lower lingual arch
-Extraction of upper left deciduous cuspid
-Re-evaluate the need for extraction of upper left first bicuspid
-Exposure of the upper left permanent cuspid will be necessary

Estimated Treatment Time is 24 months

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#10 Post by Tommm »

Looks pretty perfect to me. Congrats!!

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#11 Post by 2bpositive »

Wow, your teeth & smile are just beautiful.
Braces: Aug. 1, 2008
Surgery: July 30, 2009
Lefort I
Mandibular Osteotomy
Sliding Genio
Debraced: Feb. 23, 2010

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#12 Post by blindboarder2008 »

congratz and looking good!!
Braced: March 19th 2008
Impacted wisdom teeth extraction surgery: June 20th 2008 1pm (13 hours of fasting)
Jaw surgery (upper and lower)Lefort 1 with Madable Advancement: June 2nd 2009 @8am!!!! 1 surgery down 2 surgeries to go!!
debrace day: jan 18th 2010!!!! *has 2 fixed retainers and an essix retainer for night time now!

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#13 Post by meeksfor3 »

Wow they look great. Congrats

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