Now that I finished blogging about 2010, I can start blogging about 2011! Hey, January's not even over yet. Pretty good for a chronic procrastinator!
We've spent more time this month visiting oral health professionals than at any other time in my adult life. (I did have braces as a child, so I spent some time at the dentist and orthodontist.) The girls had a routine cleaning early in the month. We've known fro some time that Grace would need some orthodontic work because of an underbite, and our dentist said it was finally time. We got an appointment the next day for the orthodontist who just began practicing with our dentist. After the x-rays and the icky-tasting tooth molds, we learned that her bottom jaw is growing faster than her top jaw. So not only will she need braces, she'll also need a type of head gear!
They put in some spacers, and we made an appointment for the braces. She got her braces last Monday. She was really excited about them! She chose green bands to go around her brackets, and she really does look cute. They have to make some kind of device that will attach to her head gear, so she doesn't have that yet. And the braces make it difficult for her to suck on her tongue, which is what either led to or exacerbated her underbite. Yay! They are already helping!
After hearing my friends talk about the pain of getting braces, I was surprised that Grace only had minimal discomfort. Cutting her food into small pieces and taking ibuprofen controlled it. And she told me today that she could bite into pizza again without pain or discomfort.
I was very surprised by the financial pain of braces! I had no idea that eight months to a year of braces would cost more than several used cars we have purchased! And when I asked the going rate for a full set, I couldn't believe it! Unfortunately for us, Hope will be needing braces in the near future, and Grace may need another set when she's older. I'm glad we took our Disney trip last year!
But a healthy smile is worth it. And Grace is such a happy child that we see that smile often!