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The Evolution of My Smile in School Pictures (Before, During, and After Braces)

– Wednesday, October 16, 2013 –

How Orthodontics Changed My Life

One of the most common questions I get asked by patients is:  "Have you ever had braces?"  My answer is a very enthusiastic "YES!"  Not only did I have braces, I loved my entire experience with them.  

Before I was ready for braces, I knew that I definitely wanted to have braces  - and even made myself fake retainers out of paper clips for fun!  I was a very happy and smiley kid, but I was defintely aware of my "buck teeth" and the large gap between them.  The thing that kept me smiling was knowing that someday braces would give me beautiful, straight teeth to be proud of.  The day I got my braces on was an exciting one.  I remember staring in the mirror (for what seemed like hours), analyzing each little detail of my braces.  During my treatment, I loved seeing my teeth move and watching the progress as the gap closed and my teeth kept on getting straighter.  I had a great experience with a wonderful orthodontist named Dr. Hunt who not only gave me an awesome smile, he also inspired me to want to become an orthodontist myself and share that positive experience with others.    

I know that having braces is life-changing, but it can also be a little bit scary sometimes.  At our office, we strive to make your experience as positive as possible and give you a beautiful smile that you will be proud of!  We love sharing our fun, positive atmosphere and are dedicated to providing you extraordinary care, service, and smiles!  


The School Pictures

Dr. Jill before braces (circa 1993)


Dr. Jill during braces (the coolest kid in school)


Dr. Jill after braces (flashing the new and improved smile)

by Dr. Jill K. Mioduski

Dr. Jill grew up in North Muskegon, Michigan, a small town just off Lake Michigan. She has known she wanted to be an orthodontist since fourth grade!

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