Braces Removal Stories

when the braces finally come off

 Jessica's Story

Well before I start the story of my removal, I’ll tell you a little bit about my history with braces. My younger sister began her orthodontic treatment at the age of 6, so when I was about 10 years old my mom asked the dentist if I would also need braces, but they said that it would be purely for cosmetic purposes so of course I didn’t get them. When I was 14 years old my dentist said that my overbite had gotten worse and that we should see an orthodontist. We went and he informed us that my treatment would require oral surgery.

I got my braces on in September of 2003. That following summer we went to see the oral surgeon and he informed us that I was ready for surgery, it was booked for December 13th of 2004. The week before my surgery I went to the orthodontist where they put a bunch of little hooks to use to fix my mouth shut after surgery. My surgery took about 3-4 hours, I was in the hospital for 4 days and I had my mouth closed shut for 2 weeks. In may of 2005 the orthodontist said we’re close now, so I was so excited but then June hit and the same thing was said, same with July, then in august we booked a debond check but when I came in he said we’d wait another month and then check again. Finally on September 13th 2005 we booked the debonding appointment, for October 13th, exactly 10 months after my surgery.

On October 12th we drove to the town where my orthodontist is as we do not have one here… and my appointment was 7AM our time, that night I tossed and turned and finally fell asleep for 3 hours. I woke up feeling very excited, as I ate breakfast I thought it would be the last time I would have to eat with braces YAY.

We arrived at the orthodontist a couple minutes late so they were waiting as it was just opening time. I went in and the orthodontist came to check to see if I was ready. He gave the ok and she began the process. I have had one bracket ever removed in my 2 years with braces, so I kinda new what was going to happen. She just began to take them off one my one, there was a lot of pressure but not really pain. Then she let me go brush and rinse, I smiled and saw my self braces free for the first time in 25 months, I thought my mouth looked unhealthy cause my gums had swollen up. I went back and she began scrapping the cement off my teeth, which was the worst sound I thought there would be marks left on my teeth, it didn’t hurt except for a few teeth were the brackets had been very close to my gums.

She got most of it off but the orthodontist had to come and take the rest off with a little electric file almost, then he filed down the bottom of my front teeth cause there were some bumps were on my teeth. They let me go brush again. My mouth felt so weird to me it was as if I had no teeth just gum, I had been so used to metal in my mouth for so long. I came back and got molds, pictures and x-rays taken and left. All day I was feeling my teeth and smiling. That afternoon I returned to the orthodontist were I got my retainers, a clear one for the day and a different for night. I smiled as I left thinking back to the day I got them on, how scared I was of what lay ahead but I did it and now I am happy with my new look and new smile.

My message to anyone with braces: it’s a long haul, sometimes painful and frustrating but when you see your smile in the end it's all worth it!

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