After a little more than 3 years of metal, wires, quads and cbj's our little brace face is no more. Ren is back to nothing more than the blissful, au naturel look and feel of enamel. Now, all that is needed is a little fine tuning - a good cleaning, a crown for one rather small tooth, and maybe some whitening down the road and she'll be all set.
She was a little disappointed when they finally came off. I think she expected to see a set of Julia Robertsesque set of choppers and when she didn't (she has her dad's small mouth) she felt as if the past three years had been one big ol' waste of time. But when she had time to think it over she began to be more pleased about it and recognize the improvements that were made.
As for that Julia Roberts' smile? Well, that's what veneers are for much later on down the road.