Braces Before and After Photos

My braces are FINALLY off!!! I actually finished up a few months ahead of schedule. When your orthodontist tells you to do something, like clench your teeth, it pays to do it! Here is my 'before' photo, courtesy of my awesome orthodontist:

OMG, they were soo funky!

Here is my glorious AFTER photo:

 Note the midline, in all its symmetrical glory.

Although my teeth look better than before, I'm not done yet. I still have to wear retainers for a while (24/7 - I was expecting them to be at night only!) There's a tiny bit of spacing on the side that is driving my orthodontist crazy (it's so tiny that I couldn't figure out what he was talking about until I saw the photo above), which he plans to fix. There's a little cosmetic work to do (nothing major, probably). And a round of at-home teeth whitening might help, especially as it was so difficult to brush and floss (especially floss) with my teeth encased in metal. Most exciting of all though?

"Crown lengthening" has been recommended for me, which is the less-scary way of saying that they want to slice away the gum from above teeth 6-11 (upper canine to upper canine) so that more of each tooth is visible. Hmmm...I think I'm happy with my results as they are, thankyouverymuch!

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