Look at this!!
Alli just sent me this picture of her new smile! Yes-she got her braces off today!
She says it feels awesome!!
I think it LOOKS awesome, too!
(although you were always beautiful!)
I have admired Alli and have been so proud of the way she's handled this braces and oral surgery ordeal - in her senior year of high school...when something like this would have been a big deal for a lot of 17-18 year old senior girls!
(One thing Alli is not lacking in is 'self confidence,'so she didn't let this overwhelm her)
The problem was - the baby eye teeth on both sides had failed to come out at the proper time (around age 11, I think) and the permanent teeth grew above them but embedded in the gum in a horizontal position. The baby teeth had to be taken out, with the hopes that the permanent teeth would then be able to come down. There was a chance these teeth wouldn't come down. If this happened, fake teeth would have to be put in those places. This required oral surgery of the gums around those embedded teeth- in order to get to them to start pulling them into the right position with wires and bands-etc. All of this was a painful process for Alli...I think much more than the usual braces on the teeth-as a lot of pressure had to be used to get those teeth down.
Alli had the patience and faith that things would go well...and the will power and endurance to do exactly as she was instructed during this long process (more than 2 years) Never complaining or getting discouraged. Thankfully, the teeth DID start to come down into place!
Don't know if I'm explaining this in a way to be understood... LOL-I'm just very happy and excited for our girl right now!!
And here - after all these many long months/years - is the perfect smile of my granddaughter-Allison!!
4 days before removal of braces
Before the braces-etc-
in Nov 2008
On Graduation Day-
soon after the oral surgery had been done.
Proud of you, sweet girl!
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