Excuse the frightening photos!
It's exactly one calendar year since I had my braces fitted and they have almost finished their work.
I went to the orthodontist yesterday and she was delighted and amazed at the effectiveness the elastic bands had made over the last 13 weeks. Apparently, many people are reluctant to persevere with them, so the correction process can take much longer. If there's one thing I've gained with age, that is perseverance!
The orthodontist has now given me some more bands, this time to correct some sliding [not sure what that is]. I now have a band running from the inside of the second to last molar on my top right to the outside of the second to last at the bottom. It's a bit trickier to attach, but has the advantage of not being quite so visible.