Oh my goodness. This day, it finally happened…
I got my braces off!
It’s been just a little over one year since I declared I was no longer going to be unhappy over things I could change. And what a journey it has been. For years I have wanted to do this, and this past year has flown by so fast.
When starting out on any journey, to be told it will take a year (or more) can seem like a lifetime. It can be paralysing and stop you from taking that first step. Time passes anyway… you might as well spend it doing something worthwhile.
I’m kicking myself for not doing this sooner.
12 months, 60 lbs and a set of braces
My teeth feel all super shiny and new again. No more brackets!
I’ve got to wear a retainer for a while to ensure my teeth don’t move and I’m feeling pretty mixed about that. I’m overjoyed to have my braces off but these might be more annoying than the braces! They will definitely cut down on unnecessary snacking more than my braces ever did. On a plus note, they don’t hurt, no-one can tell I’m wearing them and I don’t have a lisp. They will be worth it to maintain the correction of my teeth.
There are lots of brace options available depending on your teeth and lifestyle choices, but you can read here why I chose Damon braces over other popular options such as Invisalign or regular braces. You can even see me getting my braces fitted.
My Braces: Before, During & After
You’ve got to forgive the photos. I know, I know, they are *not* the prettiest.
Now you see why I wanted braces
And the goofy smile is just to show you both sets of teeth… normally my bottom row (the worst!) is hidden by my lips.
I could have Photoshopped them and made them nicer, but that’s not me. If you’ve followed along with my weight loss journey too, you will know that I share real pics from a real mum.
Since getting my braces removed, I’ve been asked lots of questions from friends and readers. There’s already lots here on the blog and via my social media, but so I can answer everyone, I’m going to respond to these in a further series of blog posts and try to cover all your questions!
These will include:
- How to choose an Orthodontist that is right for you
- How much do braces cost and how you can afford them
- Foods you can (and cannot!) eat with braces
- How to care for your braces and retainers
Have any other questions? Let me know in the comments below and I will answer them for you!
In the meantime, if you’ve ever wanted to get braces fitted, go visit your Orthodontist and discuss options that are right for you.
If you are in the Dorset or Hampshire region, I totally recommend my Orthodontist: Dr. Hardip Dhatt (and his awesome
sidekick nurse, Hannah). Go along for a free consultation and see how you can transform your smile, too.
But before I finish… a few more gratuitous smiley photos. Sorry, I can’t help it! 😀