The Brace Position
A couple of weeks ago DD1 had two of her teeth removed.
She needed braces, but because her mouth was so full of teeth, there was no room for her canines to come down. So instead, they were emerging from the side of her gums, causing pain and making her self conscious about her smile. So she had two pre molars whipped out, with only a local. She was very brave but ever so slightly traumatised. ( I was less brave and infinitely more traumatised.)
Today, we had an appointment to have her braces fitted. Strictly speaking, it’s a brace I suppose, as she only needed one on the top. Anyhow I took her out of school early and off to the dentist we went.
After the extractions, she was quite nervous about today’s appointment. We met another girl in the waiting room who was two months down the line and promised DD that having braces applied didn’t hurt at all. This calmed DD down quite a lot. But as soon as we were called into the room she was tense again.
It didn’t help that the orthodontist was not the most patient lady in the world. I told her that DD was nervous and wanted to know exactly what was going to be done to her before it happened, but the orthodontist didn’t want to explain. In the end, after DD had freaked out about the check retractors, she finally realised that taking it slowly was the only way forward with DD. After that it was plain sailing and DD finished in the chair, happy enough to choose light blue as the colour of her rubber bands for the next couple of months.
At the moment DD’s braces don’t involve her canines at all, as they are too far up her gums. Apparently they will eventually move down into the space made for them by the extractions and the brace will be altered to include them. This is a long-term project lasting 2-3 years. I tried to pin the orthodontist down as to what kind of result she was expecting from the treatment, but she was annoyingly vague.
For the first couple of hours after they were applied, DD seemed fine. Nothing hurt and she spent a disproportionate amount of time looking at her teeth in the mirror. Now however, things are not so good. Her mouth is now sore and she’s paranoid about breaking them by eating. She’s been told she’s not allowed to bite off anything while she’s wearing them, instead she has to cut things up into bite sized pieces and chew with her molars. And she’s worried that she will get teased at school on Monday.
On the plus side, if her brace doesn’t cure her nail biting, nothing will. And her sister cheered her right up by telling her she now looks like a ‘real teenager’.