It's been 1 year since I had my braces put on. I didn't realize how much different my smile looked until I compared these two pictures side by side. The picture on the left is the day I got my braces put on (May 5, 2011) and the picture on the right is today (May 11, 2012). My smile has really widened out a a lot and you can tell those forsus appliances really moved by bottom jaw forward.
Speaking of those horrible forsus appliances, I went to the orthodontist today and got them taken off! YAY!!!!! I can't tell you how happy I am to have those things off! I can finally yawn and chew normally again! They were never really painful, but they were super annoying and really made things difficult. I'm so happy that part is over. They have my jaw moved forward where they want it, but now they have to close the open bite on the one side where the teeth don't touch. So I have to wear rubber bands for awhile to get my teeth where they are supposed to be. I probably have another year to go, but depending on how fast the elastics move my teeth, I might be able to get them off sooner.
Having braces at the same time as the lap-band definitely complicated things because it made food really hard to chew and with the lap-band you have to chew your food so good. Oh well, I'm really glad I did it and I would do it all over again. By the time I get my braces off I will be at my goal weight and will have a whole new smile and a new body! :)
I've included a video update for those who have wanted to know about my experience with the Forsus appliances.