|Braces off, five days before my 60th birthday|
But most of it is behind me now and even without the professional whitening, my teeth look pretty good. It took less time than you would think to remove the braces. About ten minutes. But it took more like 40 minutes for them to polish off all the cement left on the teeth. They use a burr on a tool that looks a lot like a dentist's drill and the noise is disquieting, to say the least. My teeth and jaws were sore afterward and it did trigger a headache later in the day, but that could have been partly from the manhattan cocktail I drank in celebration! It was worth it (the manhattan, I mean). Actually, it was all worth it. The last several nights have been peaceful with no clenching and the snoring and apnea disappeared months ago. I like my profile a whole lot better and most of the numbness is gone ( still have a little on one side).
My only regret is that I didn't lose much weight in the process. This is possibly due to my age and likely due to much feeling sorry for myself during the process. Six months of wearing a bite splint that stuck out of my mouth and made me drool all the time, then braces, then lower jaw widening, then double jaw advancement and the bone graft for my upper jaw. I am still recovering from the latter as it left my hip muscles weak. So, ok, I gave in to some ice cream and pudding and later, when we downsized and moved wine helped a lot to ease the stress. Time to get back into shape now. I begin my sixth decade with fewer problems and less pain. That's something.