With three kids, all in braces at one time or another, (quite possibly all at once for a short period of time), we have visited the orthodontist’s office at least once a month for the past nine years! Those visits are finally coming to an end!
This was Kacey just yesterday morning:
And this was Kacey a little later yesterday morning:
I think she’s beautiful either way, but she is beyond thrilled to finally have the braces off, and just in time for prom, too. It’s one week from tomorrow!
Technically, she still has some braces. The front bottom four teeth still have brackets because the orthodontist was afraid they might move apart in the week until the retainers are ready. Next week, when she goes to the appointment to get retainers, those last four brackets come off too.
Kacey must have been a serious case. It’s been almost five years since the first braces went on. She only had brackets on the top teeth at first. It was over a year before the bottom teeth got brackets as well. There were several oral surgeries and an expander in the roof of her mouth. Her eye teeth had to be pulled in to her mouth with chains since they weren’t willing to come in on their own. It’s been a long road and she’s finally come to the end of it. Like I said, she is a happy, happy girl!
Here are some Kacey quotes from the day of the braces removal:
I feel like I’ve aged a year. I looked so much younger when I had braces on!
Liz said I should eat a sandwich at lunch today! Do you know how long it’s been since I could eat a sandwich without picking bread from my teeth? Today I had basically the best lunch of my life because I didn’t have to pick food from my braces.
Mom, you should buy me some Swedish Fish!
So, when you gonna make me some corn on the cob? When informed that corn on the cob is currently not in season she replied, I need some corn on the cob!
She shall have some corn on the cob, just as soon as I can find some!
Life is good!