Yes, you have read that correctly. As of Monday, February 4 at 3:00pm, I no longer have braces. WOOO HOOO! I can't even express how excited I am to have those things off. Now, the whole getting them off thing...I could have totally done without that. I mean seriously, in this day and age to tell me the only way to get the suckers off is to take tweezers (basically) and pull them off the teeth and then to get the glue off...just scrape away at it with some metalic thingy...ewwwww...awful...Actually it was so bad that the lady had to stop and have the doctor get the drill to polish the rest of the glue off. Thank goodness! The only way to describe the scraping thing is to liken it to nails on a chalkboard. Just thinking about it right now makes me cringe!
However, the results are worth it! Now I just have to wait 2 months, til all my teeth settle in and the doctor will do a little tooth shaping to even things all out. Right now the lines are not exactly straight as my teeth were worn with my old bite. And, I must wear retainers, which overall is not that big a deal as they are clear tray like things that I imagine must be similar to the invisalign trays.
I do not have any pics yet, but will get one up soon. Of course they very first thing I did once the braces were off is floss my teeth. I know, such a geek but you would too if you had just gotten braces off. At least my dentist will be proud of me.