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.