Braces-Free at 40!

In February 2012, I wrote a post about Getting Braces at 40. I had previously had braces in my late 20’s and did not really want to repeat the process right before I turned the big 4-0! In April 2012, I had the appliances put on just 2 months before I turned 40.

My husband and me at our 40th birthday party.

Celebrating turning 40 with my hubby! (He turned 40, too!)

Needless to say, I survived turning 40 WITH my braces.

Here they are!

Can you see them now?

Today, I finally got them removed! Woo Hoo!! I have to admit, I was a little scared to get them off. If you recall in the last post, the first time I had my braces removed, I didn’t think they looked straight. I even told the ortho doc that. He said that if they removed them and I didn’t like how I looked, then we’d talk.

After almost 2 HOURS of scrapping and sanding… Viola!

Braces Free at 40!

Braces Free at 40!


*sidebar* Did you know that when some people age, their teeth get more sensitive?!? Unfortunately, I am one of those people. It usually takes only 20-30 minutes to get the appliance and glue off. Oh…not me…I could barely take the burr grinding drill that was supposed to remove the glue. The assistant had to manually scrape each tooth (which is hardly ever done anymore since the new drill is faster and more efficient) and then she had to use some type of spinning, sanding drill.  She tried her best to be as gentle as possible. We both kept apologizing. Me for having overly-sensitive teeth and her for hurting me. Ahhh….aging.

I will be celebrating my 41st birthday in style, eating whatever I want and not getting food stuck in my brackets!

About Anna Herring

She is a mom to 3 energetic kids. In her spare time, she programs/designs websites and blogs. She and her husband became debt free, except for their mortgage, in March 2011. She is passionate about getting out of debt and helping others to do the same.


  1. Hello Anna, you’re very energetic. I like the courage you’re holding to look good and perfect at the age of 40. You look beautiful without braces. I’m very pleased to learn all has gone well while removed braces from you. Happy Birthday in advance of being turning 41 and wish you all the best for eating anything that you like most. Cheers!!! 🙂
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  2. I had my braces on for my 18th birthday. I did not enjoy that whatsoever, but I really like the end product so it was all for a good cause! I honestly think that the best part of getting braces off is not having to worry about food getting stuck! That was a HUGE pet peeve of mine!

  3. Hi Anna,
    So glad I found this post. I’ll be 40 this summer and I really need to put on braces but didn’t quite find the courage to finally go to the dentist. You are an inspiration.
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