Been a long time since I updated this and I figure people like looking at pictures of braces progress. This is about a year and half after the last photo, and a total of almost two years in braces.
Changes in the second year are much more subtle than the first year. I've had bite turbos on and off twice (on my second set now) and I absolutely hate them. They cause my posterior teeth to extrude, and then when they are removed my bite feels really off for the next couple months as I try to "clench" my jaw closed but I cannot because the teeth had been extruded. My bite eventually closes back up, so I am not sure of the intent of the turbos.
I had a TAD inserted above my upper right first bicuspid for the purpose of intruding that side of the arch since my bite is "canted" (meaning the teeth are not horizontally level) and you can see what that looks like in the last picture. The TAD has been in for about 6 months and from what I can see there is some intrusion but very little from my perspective (though the ortho thinks it is doing a good job and he probably knows better than I do).
I think most of the changes come in the form of making my teeth a lot more symmetrical compared to the mess that they were before. One thing I am sorely disappointed about is the amount of space where my missing molar is on the lower right. The braces seem to have done very little for opening this gap and it doesn't look like I will be able to have a full size implant in that spot to make it "like it used to be." Haven't really asked the ortho about it since I am waiting patiently and I would assume he realizes whats going on.
Other than that...my treatment was estimated at 24-30 months and we are almost to the 24th. I don't know if things really look close to being finished though. I am going to be moving away for law school in the summer so hopefully they will be off by then...but its really hard to tell at this point.
My Braces Story