Look Ma, No Braces!

I think it’s probably every orthodontic patient’s dream to get the news that their teeth are “where they need to be” and the braces can come off six months early.

The younger boy got to live that dream. Lucky him!

Much to the chagrin of his brother, who wore his braces longer than the two-year estimate and finally got them removed in September, the younger boy had his hardware removed yesterday morning.

Look how sad he is about it, in this picture I took with my cell phone at the office, since I left my trusty Olympus at home:

When we returned home to reunite with my Olympus, I took a few pictures of him and his goody bag:

In planning the goodies for the goody bag, I had to laugh because I realized I have one sweet kid and one savory kid. The older boy was all about the sticky, sweet candy when he could eat whatever he wanted again.

The younger boy on the other hand, though he missed Starbursts, really longed for his hard pretzel nuggets and popcorn*, so that’s what he got. Is he more excited about his teeth, or the treats? You be the judge.

*This is a kid who has no problem turning down cake and other goodies. Lucky.


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  • LceeL

    The boy looks happy. And the smile is worth the effort it took to get it looking like it does.

    And nobody can call him "Tin Grin" any longer.

  • Sue

    He's so funny! I can't wait for the girls to get theirs off, although I am scared their teeth will be a multitude of colors…..

  • SoccerMom

    My son also recently got his braces off. After having them on 2+ years. Our orthodontist gives out goody bags like those.
    I agree for the amt of $ I spent on his teeth, they should of given us something b i g g e r!

  • Tara R.

    WooHooo! Congrats on the new pearly whites, lovely smile!

    Love that last shot, what a great expression.

  • mayberry

    That last picture says it all! We are at the starting gate … expander installed (!?) today! Just in time for sticky, gooey, chewy Easter candy. 🙁

  • PJ Mullen

    Six months early, Sweet! I had six months ADDED to my brace sentence. Those starbursts would have been gone before you took that picture if it had been me 🙂

  • Mags

    I have never had braces (though I was dying for them when I was younger for some reason!) but I can imagine how wonderful it must feel to take them off. Especially early!!

  • Kim Moldofsky

    How exciting! We are in year and several thousand dollars into "phase I" orthodontia on our first child. I'll have to make WeasleMamas comment my mantra.

  • Mom24

    Congrats! Great smile. Rebekah was in braces two years longer than estimated–maybe that's why she quit depriving herself of the forbidden foods and just ate whatever she wanted–luckily she never broke a bracket.

    I've heard of people who can pass up sweets like that–can't imagine it personally, unfortunately. 🙂

  • nycgirl0501

    I love the treat bag! I'm so thrilled for him. I remember the day my braces came off…PARTY! 🙂