After a lot of setbacks, today was the day—the braces are off!  During many years of orthodontia, my daughter’s new, beautiful smile was slowly being coaxed into being by brightly colored wire and tiny neon rubber bands, with oral surgery, a retainer, and a night apparatus thrown in.

Before the braces, I loved my daughter’s beautiful smile. But after seeing the before and after pictures and the flash of her pearly whites today, neither she nor I can stop smiling. Of course, the main reason for all this work was medical: she had a mouthful of really misaligned teeth.

But if you could see this smile….