Our favorite orthodontist, Dr. Richter, (who did Jeffrey's braces), had a Facebook contest in July for someone to get free braces. Our friend nominated Emily, and many, many people "voted" for her. She won the contest! So on September 5, Nicole is attaching the braces to her teeth.
Dr. Richter came to check Nicole's work, and put a few of the brackets on. It is called the Damen System, and only requires visits and wire changes every two months. The wire has a memory, and is always trying to get back to its original shape. In this way, the teeth move. Every wire change will be to a heavier gauge wire until the end when a different wire is used for "tweaking". The brackets are different from the old method, because they have little doors that are opened for wire changes, then shut. No more colored bands to hold the wires on the brackets! Emily is required to wear a rubber band on one side, which is supposed to be correcting her midline.
Emily was very brave, even though she felt like she was gagging continually!
A picture of Emily and Nicole after the job was complete. We are very thankful for this opportunity for Emily to have braces for free! God is good!