Brandy's Braces, SARPE, Jaw Surgery Journal

This is my daily journal to my eventual perfect smile and Apnea free life. It logs my surgeries, and daily progress.

Thursday, July 27, 2006

Changes, Changes, Changes!!

Day 1 with braces smile.....and Today (5 months later)

I was looking at my pre and post pics yesterday and thought I would post a pic of them so you could see them side by side. It is amazing the progress we have made so far.....or at least it is to me!
Day 1 With Braces
Today (5 months later)

Day 1 with my Palate Expander Today (5 months later)

Pretty impressive if I do say so myself! :)


  • At 6:44 AM, Blogger Graham said…

    Looks fabulous Brandy! Major improvement!!

    Thought you might find this photo interesting. I wonder if the no-surgery RPE folks get gaps?

  • At 10:14 AM, Blogger Brandyleigh35 said…

    Ouch! Man I'm so glad that part is over! That appliance was truly the most difficult part of this whole journey (at least so far anyway)

    Personally I'm glad to have gone the surgery route. It is so much faster. Can you imagine wearing that thing for a year or more? OMG I would commit hairy carey!

    Your teeth are really looking fabulous! YOu must be thrilled huh?


  • At 10:22 AM, Blogger Mrs. Shanton said…

    What a huge difference! Makes it almost worth it, no? In retrospect, how do you feel about all the frustration and pain of the palate expander?

  • At 12:39 PM, Blogger JenNicole said…

    Only those of us going through this can appreciate how absolutly beautiful an expanded arch looks. Especially one that has the RPE taken out!!! Your whole bit lookes amazing. What else do they have planned for you?

  • At 11:58 AM, Blogger Brandyleigh35 said…

    Hey Steph, yeah looking at the pics and seeing how far I have come definitely makes it seem worth it. I still have very bad memories about the RPE though. It was tough wearing that thing. I'm glad I persevered and stuck with it, it was worth it, but there is no discounting (for me anyway) how truly sucky it was to have that thing in my mouth. The one good thing about it though is that now, everything that is done is compared to the RPE, so it all seems doable, and so much better than that horrible thing.
    My ortho says that is why they start with the worst, then no matter what they do after that it seems like a piece of cake cause you have had to deal with so much discomfort to begin with. I think that is totally true!

    JennNicole, I still have a lot (at least 9 more months) of getting my bite just right. I looks good, but there is still a lot more to do. My left canine is rotated and needs to be turned, and I have some nice spaces that have been created due to the new archwire that will have to be closed. My front teeth are still slightly overlapping and not totally straight or lined up. My lowers still have a sizeable gap between my incisors that we are trying to close. My ortho also says that he needs me to relapse a bit, as I'm slightly overcorrected regarding space and proper fit of my teeth. Once this is all complete, then we will be doing lower jaw advancement in May to correct my 5mm overjet, and placing a bone graft on my lower left to support an implant that will be done (8 months later.) HOpefully my braces will be removed before that and the implant will be the last and final thing I have done. I easily have 1.5 years left before my treatment is complete. I'm really just in the beginning baby stages of it all.

    You are right about those going through it being able to totally appreciate the beauty of an expanded perfectly shaped arch. I have been waiting for a long time for mine to look as nice as my darling sons does. WE are getting pretty close now which is really cool!

    Good luck with your healing! You look so good already! No bruising etc! Your so lucky!



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