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BRACES OFF (Day 323) - ~11 months since Jaw Surgery

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This was an auspicious day. Braces off day. I've been preparing for this day for 2 and a half years, thinking about how I'd act. When the day came, everything went... absolutely perfectly!

The orthodontist and assistants checked everything over, and then for the the next hour cracked off my braces with glorified pliers and sanded off the remaining cement with glorified dremels. I was in a state of perpetual euphoria the entire time, with a few bouts of uncertainty when I wasn't sure if they were drilling off the tooth or the cement (pro-tip: It's always the cement, they use end-bits that are not as hard as the enamel so it would be close to impossible to drill off the tooth).

I also scheduled a deep cleaning 2 hours later at the dentist, though when they checked me over they were happy to say I didn't even need anything beyond a normal cleaning. Possibly for the first time ever, I actually did a good job flossing and keeping my teeth clean. Miracles do happen.

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10 Month Check-In (Day 315) : The Final Week

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It's happening.

In 6 days I'm having my braces taken off. At this point I basically have Stockholm syndrome with my braces, and find myself worrying about not being able to blame braces for all my problems in life.

I've been wearing the required 5 elastics at night consistently for the last 2 months, I'm not about to screw this up after the 2 years I've had this braces, not a chance. Wherever I walk I keep my guard up for any potential boxer assailants, this jaw is currently Air Force One.

In terms of teeth movement, it's been subtle, but my bite has become so solid I haven't even realized that I'm biting into difficult to cut things like celery and cutting them cleanly. I still occasionally look at a bite and show it to whoever I'm eating with currently, letting them know how accomplished I am, though they seem to not find it as impressive as me. There has been some shaping up of the mid-line a good bit, here's 4 months ago versus now.

Sure th…