I was hard pressed to find a digital picture of me prior to braces. Finally found one though. This is me minus my eye-teeth, still holding onto one baby tooth and sporting some very crooked bottom teeth.
My 3 years with braces included a pregnancy and the arrival of Naomi Faye, Travels to Japan, Adventures in homeschooling and much, much more. Specific joys with braces included a year with a retainer that popped onto the roof of my mouth. I got to turn this with a key and it slowly widened my palate. At some point I got to get an oral surgery to uncover the two teeth hiding in the roof of my mouth. Yuck! Then for several months the chains that were glued to them were pulled with elastic until they lined up in the front.
It has been an adventure. Yet, I think at this point I can say that it was well worth the pain. Let me tell you folks I feel like dancing a jig.
Free!!!! Free at last!