My oldest son has had his braces on for 3 years and is so ready to have them off. His teeth look beautiful to me, but I'm not trained and respect the orthodontist's opinion. Where the issue lies, is that her practice has become so busy that when she says "come back in 4 weeks" we can never get an appointment earlier than 6 weeks (and we're very accommodating about times, days, etc.). After this being the case for the past year or so, I'm convinced that this has pushed the treatment into being longer than necessary. Plus, I have been holding off senior pictures until the braces come off. Last fall, I mentioned this to her and she guaranteed me they would be off by spring - then it was late summer - now it's by the end of the year. We have a yearbook deadline so I'm not sure if I should go ahead and have the pictures taken with the braces (which my son is not too happy with), or just ask that they be taken off now and risk not having the end result be the best that it could be. The orthodontist's advice is to find a good photographer that can airbrush out the braces. Any suggestions? My friends say just to have them removed, but I just don't know if that's the best solution. I'm desperate for impartial advice.