Sorry I haven't posted. We've been so busy!
I had my check up about 2 weeks ago. It went well. Doc was very pleased with how well I was doing and how everything looked. Said the bones were all healed and I was free to do what ever I felt like I was capable of. But no chewy or crunchy foods, it would aggravate my joint swelling. He said I still have a good deal of swelling, in the joints and in my cheeks, and that it will take me several more months to get rid of that. He said considering my case, it's common to have the lingering swelling. They removed the stubborn stitch that was under my top lip and discussed use of the guiding elastic. I still have to wear the guiding elastic, but it's on an "as needed" basis now. I'm able to leave it out for a few hours, then I feel my bite shifting, so I put it back in. It doesn't bother me anymore, but I worry about my bite shifting once I don't have braces. He also said that my 30 mm opening was pretty good for this stage of the game, that's all you really need to be functional. And it will continue to increase over time.
The OD did some fun (insert sarcasm) stuff the following week. But I'm excited to wrap this up, so wrench away doc! Here are my pics before and at 11 weeks:
The biggest cheezy smile ever...look, top
teeth over bottom teeth, woohoo!