Braces Adjustment: Before and After

My second braces adjustment went a little something like this:

Orthodontist: Those little wires on the sides don't want to stay in, but that's okay. We can just wire everything together. It will be much more permanent.

I wasn't sure what he meant, but was aware while lying in the chair that this braces adjustment was taking much longer than the last and involved a great deal more wires and pulling on my teeth. The assistant jammed a sharp wire into my cheek and joked that she was going to give me a piercing.

Ahh, so this was what he had meant:

The 'After' is below (like you couldn't tell!)

Afterward, Sexy Nerd took one look at me and asked what the point of clear brackets was. Ummm, yeah. My thoughts exactly.

And those sharp little twisties all over? I hate those sharp little twisties!
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