The day FINALLY arrived.
My braces were scheduled to be removed. I arrived at the
office and waited a few moments. The orthodontist took a
quick look and gave the green light. He snipped the
lower bands on my molars and clipped off the lower
braces. The entire process to remove the bottom braces
was about a minute. The upper braces were a little more
difficult to get off. The upper wire had to be removed
and the bands on the bands on the molars were taken off.
Next, the ceramic brackets on my upper teeth were taken
off. This was probably the worst part. The ceramics
cracked into several pieces and the pressure on my teeth
was uncomfortable. This process took a few minutes.
At about this point, my
husband showed up in the office and surprised me. He
watched the tech work on my for a little while but had
to leave for work. What a nice surprise!
At last, they were off.
I got to see my teeth for the first time in 2 1/2 years.
I was so happy. They looked beautiful. I brushed my
teeth and sat back down for the removal of the glue.
This involved a lot of scraping and grinding that some
may find uncomfortable. It wasn't so bad. It was all
over in about an hour. (I've had cleanings that were
much more difficult.)
My teeth feel smooth
and look fantastic. For all of those who still have
their braces, just hang in there. One day it will be
over. And, when it is, you will have great return on
your investment. You will be able to smile with
confidence! Good luck to you all!