So, I'm pretty bummed out about that as I'm walking back over to my orthodontist's office to get my wires changed up and put back on. But then it gets even better. The ortho tells me that my back upper molars aren't angling the way he wants, so he needs to install a bar across the roof of my mouth connected to the molars. I heard him tell the assistant to schedule me for a TPB or something, so I looked that up real quick:
On a separate note-- I asked about my 6-8 month surgery estimate and I really did get a clear answer from my ortho about it. He didn't say no, but he also mentioned something about maybe taking the whole year with me to get most of my ortho done and then I'll only have to be in braces a few months after surgery to fine tune everything. We'll see, I guess! But based on a hunch I have, I am going to go ahead and buy my season snowboarding pass now and assume I'll be riding through at least the end of February. Hopefully all of March too!