I have to be honest, I tried not to think about the day I was scheduled to get my braces off because I really didn't think it was going to happen.
Oh and you know what, it almost didn't (soooo my life). So, on Thursday, Steve met me at the ortho for the 'big day' with his camcorder in hand...and we waited. They took the wires out...and then decided to put them back in! Back and forth...back and forth. Apparently, a bottom tooth moved and the doc was trying to force it back. Fiiinally, it was time...they took the top ones off first...than when the tooth on the bottom had moved -- they uninstalled the bottoms. I totally forgot how much getting your braces off hurt -- a lot of yanking that is not so very pleasant...at all.
But then...once they were off -- it was a magical day!!! Better than any birthday imaginable. I got this fantastic gift basket of goodies from the ortho's office -- including lots of gummy things...and a special framed certificate (that now hangs in my office) that says "Congrats Ortho Student you Have Graduated!!!"....
...sadly that bottle is non-alcoholic. Then I go to work...and I find out my parents sent me flowers!!!....
All day long people are saying " you look beautiful" and ya di da di da....they don't do THAT on your birthday!-- crazy!! And....people give Mike & Ikes and gummy Life Savers as gifts....sooo goood!!
And then lots and lots of celebrating!! Everyone wants to have a margarita with me!
If you still have your braces on...just you wait -- it's a day like no other -- I really had never thought about it -- but it was fantastic!!!
Thanks to everyone for your such kind words...it's an amazing feeling of being loved.
...Did I mention I was crying on the way to the ortho's office when I was going to get them off? What an emotional journey -- I couldn't believe I had survived. I was more emotional when I got my braces off than when I graduated from college...what a ride.