I realized that this whole teeth-straightening process does not end when the braces are taken off.

It’s just the beginning!

Now the tough part starts.  WEARING THE RETAINERS!

Hey, with the braces, I had no choice about whether they were on or not.  The only thing I could control was whether or not to wear the rubber bands.

But now with the retainers, it’s ALL up to me.  If I don’t wear them, all that time and pain and money will go down the drain.  !!!!  And already I notice how easy it is for 10 minutes while I eat to turn into 30 minutes, as I squeeze in a cup of tea, an hour as I wait to eat some dessert…  A slippery slope for sure.