Monday, October 24, 2011

No more braces!

The orthodontist predicted Jack would have braces for 18 to 24 months when he got them.  27 months later. . . Jack is officially brace free!  He did a good job at wearing his elastics without many reminders from me and did a good job getting his teeth brushed and braces clean.  He was excited to finally get them off!  They gave him a big bag full of treats -- all of the things he wasn’t supposed to eat with braces.  Weird, but I don’t remember him not eating cornnuts, jolly ranchers, laffy taffy, gum, etc.  He got to go directly from the orthodontist to the dentist to get a cavity filled (his first one since he got his braces) so he can get his permanent retainers on his teeth next week.  He only had a few minutes to enjoy the amazement of how big and smooth his teeth felt before he was talking about how fat and huge his lip felt.

I think the biggest surprise for me was looking at his before pictures.  I can’t get over how much he has grown up these past two years.  He was still such a little kid back in 2009.  What a difference two years makes!

The BEFORE pictures. . . 

And the almost after pictures.  Getting the braces removed.

And the AFTER picture.  It’s a cheesy, forced smile but his regular smile doesn’t show any teeth so I made him give me a big, fake smile.   Love the new brace-free smile!

One down.  Two in braces.  Three to go.


Andrea said...

Braces! That does not look fun but at least the teeth look good!

Kristin said...

Love the new header pic, too :)

Suzanne said...

The shy smile in the before pictures has improved a lot! I'm sure your boy is now turning a lot of girls' heads!

Suzanne Steven