My ortho gave me a bag full of candy. And if there is any girl who LOVES candy more than anything ever, it's this one. As if they thought I didn't eat all these yummy things with braces. Could you ever go over a year without STARBURSTS? Yeah, right.

I am already annoyed of my retainer (gosh, can I EVER be satisfied? :-P ) I have a clear plastic one that I am to wear all the time for 2 months. I love that no one can see it, but I don't love that it stains easily and I LOVE to drink coffee. I am one of those people who is an all-day-long type of coffee drinker. I slowly sip on my thermos of coffee throughout my classes and work. Well, now every time I want to drink my coffee, I have to take my retainer out so that it doesn't get stained. Kind of annoying... but I think I'll live :)

I have a dentist appt tomorrow to get my left front tooth looked at. It's been a darker color than the rest of my teeth for the last few years, but there wasn't much they could do prior to braces/surgery. There are signs that the tooth is dying. Tomorrow we're going to come up with a plan of action to see if we can get that tooth whitened at all, or if I am going to have to go the veneer route (I pray to god this isn't the case).. Most of my teeth pictures have been in black and white because I hate how the front tooth looks.

You can only tell a TINY bit in this picture (right tooth in the pic) but it's really quite noticeable in person.. the flash just makes it look a lot whiter than it really is. If it can actually be whitened, I may be brave enough to post a picture of how dark it really is.. but until then, I am fooling you with this one because I'd rather have you think my teeth are so shiny and white and pretty :)


  • Amanda K | October 25, 2011 at 8:33 PM

    HOW EXCITING!!! You are my hero. Not to mention the first blogger I've seen de-braced in real time. You look fantastic. How long was the entire journey?

  • Dani | October 25, 2011 at 9:26 PM

    I got my braces on August 13, 2010, had surgery on May 23, 2011 and braces off October 25, 2011. I was in braces for 9 months pre-op and almost exactly 5 months post-op. :)

  • JEN | October 26, 2011 at 4:55 AM

    Yayayaya! You look fabulous! I am *envious*. I want mine off so badly.

  • Sarah | October 26, 2011 at 8:13 AM

    Yay! I'm so happy for you! Can't wait til I'm at that stage! Congrats! My teeth are also getting less white with the braces, I'm going to look into getting them whitened after the braces are off!

  • Cece | October 26, 2011 at 8:30 AM

    Dani! You look awesome! I'm glad it's over for you.

  • Max | October 26, 2011 at 8:54 AM

    CONGRATULATIONS! You must be so ecstatic about being done with this process.You look amazing! It's really incredible to see your transformation. I'm so surprised by the short length of your jaw journey! It will be 19 months in braces before I even have surgery :(

    But why is your tooth possibly dying? Does it have to do with the surgery?

  • Dani | October 26, 2011 at 10:50 AM

    Max- My tooth started becoming discolored while I was in high school. The only thing the dentist can think of is that I hit it at some point against something (nothing I can remember) and it damaged the tooth. There is a clear line across my tooth where the top half is darker than the rest of my tooth-- SUPER weird! I have no idea, but it sucks because it makes it look like I don't take care of my teeth or brush them. I will find out more info today about what the progress of the tooth is!

  • Whitney | October 26, 2011 at 11:28 AM

    ahhh im so happy for you hun!!! it makes me even more excited for when i get mine off in 9 days!!! wooooo!!! you look absolutely stunning! you must be so chuffed! x

  • z3 | October 26, 2011 at 3:48 PM

    yaay happy for you luuuuuuuuuuuuucky i want mine off now this second

  • bracedmom | October 26, 2011 at 7:33 PM

    Congrats Dani! You have a beautiful smile :D Enjoy!

  • Terra | October 26, 2011 at 7:46 PM

    CONGRATS!!! so happy for you! :) It must be an amazing feeling

  • Nikki | October 26, 2011 at 7:59 PM

    how exciting!! you look amazing and you are so lucky you had such a quick turnaround time!! congrats :)

  • Rhianna | October 26, 2011 at 11:34 PM

    Dani I am so so happy and excited for you! I have loved following your journey and coming along with you during all your ups and Downs! This is the best post yet!!! It must feel fantastic to be free of all metal in your mouth! I absolutely can't wait for my day :) you look amazing and our such a success story and your blog will continue to help and inform others!
    Keep in touch... R u you going to continue blogging for a bit??

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