Week 6! Friday the 18th at 12noon I'm going "under" again and getting all this gear out of my mouth!!!! My lips,cheeks and gums are sore,swollen and cut up from all the wires and arch bars, So I will be glad when they are gone! The surgeon has to put me under in order to numb and cut into my gums to remove everything....not looking forward to having a super tender mouth but it will heal fast (I hope). Like I said the Aloe seems to help a lot!