Braces came off today!!

Braces came off today!!

After two and a half years with braces .. they finally came off today!  

We initially went to this particular orthodontist to find out what could be done about Elaine’s jaw which clicked when opening and closing her mouth on many occasions causing pain and which also used to get stuck causing agonising pain.  The option, by others, was an operation to lengthen the jaw and then braces to realign the teeth.  An op was completely out of the question.  We then heard about this unconventional orthodontic treatment with no operation involved unless really necessary.  Treatment is slow but successful.  The jaw is moved back into place with a template which is adjusted at every visit followed by braces to realign the teeth. 

Today was the day they came off !!    

Before

Dental Hygienist at work …

… unclipping …

 .. while Elaine lies with hands clasped on lap …

… braces finally come off …

I relax and admire the artwork ….

… while the ‘glue’ is scraped off each tooth …

… all done … a first look …

 … a very happy girl  .. a very beautiful smile !!!! 

 After …

 Treatment is far from over though … Elaine has a retainer to wear all the time for a while to make sure the teeth stay in place.   As time goes by she will wear it less and less and then only at night.      With regular visits where the orthodontist files the teeth, they should eventually be perfectly straight and in line (all equal in length).  They are not quite but this process takes a long time with a miniscule amount of filing done each time.    

Doesn’t she look gorgeous ? !!!!  🙂

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