After 1 year and 5 months with my braces on, it was finally taken off in September. I am writing this article to formally end my posts-with-braces stories. I wrote my first post about it, 5 Reasons Why It’s Not Too Late to Have Braces in your Twenty’s.

And the profile picture is a photo of me before I had the braces, just so you know.

Feelings & thoughts

I’m beyond happy that I’m not wearing braces anymore. I’m excited to be able to eat delicious food properly without it getting stuck between my teeth and the wires. Sometimes, merely brushing didn’t help clean my mouth. I needed to use a tiny brush or I could mechanically pick them out using my tongue or fingers. It was very annoying sometimes.

Relieved that I will not be feeling any pain or discomfort which usually happened after every time my dentist adjusted the wires.

Financially, I’ll be able to save 1,000 THB every month now which is supposedly for the payment. I can use the money for other projects or my future travel plans.

What’s next after removal of the braces?

Now that my teeth are on a better placement, they need to be maintained in their new position. That is what the retainers are for. My dentist explained that there are two types of retainers that I can choose from. Either Hawley retainer or clear plastic.

The clear plastic retainer on the left and Hawley to the right.


She recommended me to use the clear plastic retainer because of my line of job. I see students every day and talk to them face to face. She said it’ll be more comfortable in the mouth.

Initially, she told me I needed to wear them for only one year. So much to my dislike, she extended it to two years explaining that I will need it longer because of my age. I must wear it all the time except during meals.

It explains the advantage of fixing your teeth at a younger age. You will only need less time wearing your braces and retainers.

Facial change?

Ultimately, I am happy with the result. They say my face looks different now. Some even say I’m prettier, ahem! (piso for them) Honestly, it gives me more confidence now to smile and laugh like I don’t care.

Hygiene-wise, all my teeth are cavities-free. I plan on visiting my dentist once every 6 months to have it cleaned. Brushing and flossing are much easier to do now that the teeth don’t overlap each other.


My advice for those who are planning on having braces whatever your age is to go for it. Don’t be ashamed especially that almost everyone now has braces too. I even know of someone who has it in her 30’s.

Age shouldn’t be an obstacle to a pretty smile. If you want it, consult your dentist right away. But, expect for some struggles too. You might not be able to eat hard solid foods for a while. Annoyed of the food stuck between your teeth or worse, deal with mouth sores. But the end result will be worth it.

Let me end this post with some photos of me before, after and while I have my braces.

During island hopping in Bohol in 2012. My teeth didn’t stop me from showing my trying-to-be-a-model smile.

Taken in Chiang Rai, Thailand when we visited the long-neck hill tribe. It’s the early part with my braces on so I’m still getting used to it.

One thing I liked from my experience is that I could pick different colors every month. I’ve tried dark colors but I preferred the light ones.

This is the later part when we were only waiting for the gap to close. My front teeth looked good to me already.

Finally, no braces anymore.!

Braces Taken Off- Braces Removal

Confident me!

Thank you all for reading!



My name is Ira, twenty-something OFW, currently living and working in Thailand. It has always been my dream to start a blog. My goal is to share my life experiences, travels and my personal journey towards financial freedom.
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