Saucy grabbed the camera on the way out the door yesterday. At the park at the end of the street, she snapped a few shots of Loopy's new smile - without braces - for you to see and admire.
When she asked if Loopy wanted to take out her retainer for the pictures, the answer was "no." Because you see, if the orthodontist asked Loopy to wear the appliance 24/7, then she will... even for pictures. It's not that bad, you can barely see it anyway.
We have often been asked why we chose to see an orthodontist in Calgary - so far away from us. Yes, we have orthodontists here, but the doctor in Calgary offered the Damon System and for Loopy, it was worth the drive.
Treatment time is usually much shorter with the Damon System. Low-friction is applied with a continual gentle force allowing the teeth to move with less friction. This is different from the forceful tighten-pain-relax-tighten traditional, cyclical treatment. The Damon braces take the full development of facial aesthetics into account and a full, wide smile is achieved without extractions or the use of palate expanders. (Saucy didn't even rip that from the website, she wrote it herself, she's that juiced about these orthodontics).
The orthodontist was pretty psyched about it, too. He could really talk your ear off about modern orthodonture treatments. Don't you want someone so passionate about their profession working on your kid? Dr. Brown gave Loopy a gallon of Kernels popcorn to celebrate her braces coming off, too. It was pretty cute.
Loopy is now proudly sporting her natural, wide, full smile. All of her adult teeth are in tact and fully aligned. She also has permanent retaining wires glued behind her top and bottom front teeth.
If you'd had access to braces like that, you'd be smiling from ear-to-ear too. Did you wear braces? Saucy did... for almost six years. She's glad (for Loopy) that things have changed.