The debanding wasn't as bad
as I had expected.
Firstly I was terrified --
(partly of the procedure, partly because I worried they
weren't ready to come off, and partly that I would feel
somehow 'naked' without the hardware!!! mad eh?)
My ortho first put etchant
behind my teeth and then bonded wires behind my upper 4 and
lower 6 front teeth. Then he removed my power chains and tried
popping off the brackets, the upper ceramics disintigrated
when he tried removing them, whereas the lower metals just
popped off. Then the molar bands (ouch!) they came off with a
crunch that was reminiscent of having extractions (not a nice
memory to come flooding back!) They were a bit reluctant, but
I heaved a massive sigh of relief when they were off! Then
came the scraping and polishing, then the mirror!
I had imagined what my teeth
would look like brace free, but nothing could prepare me for
that first look in the mirror -- it was like someone else's
smile -- surreal! After 23 years of hating my teeth, but
seeing the same smile for all that time, then getting used to
seeing the braces, I didn't recognise my own teeth!
And here's another strange
thing, I was completely conscious of my braces, but obviously
no-one else was 'cos hardly anyone noticed my braces were
Getting used to the bonded
retainers is taking a while, it still feels like there is food
stuck behind my teeth and I find I am lisping a bit (and I
think I could whistle through the wires!) and my lower teeth
tend to bump the bonding material behind my uppers so I don't
think I am quite finished yet!