If you have any experience with children having teeth out or getting braces, I’d really appreciate any advice, but if you don’t like teeth, or dentists, then you should not read any further than this sentence.
Dentists are mentioned a lot in this post, as are teeth, and photos are included.
DD1 is 11, in Year 6, and has lost all her baby teeth. Most of her adult teeth have started to make an appearance. I say ‘most’ because you don’t have to be a dentist to see that there is simply not enough room in her mouth for all her teeth.
It’s affecting the way she feels about her teeth, and she is very careful to smile with her mouth closed in photos. It also makes it hard to brush her teeth properly and if her teeth were left like that she would almost certainly develop cavities no matter how carefully she looked after them.
You can see her bottom teeth are fine, but her top canines have emerged half way up her gum. We first noticed this was happening a couple of years ago, but our dentist said we should go away and come back for another look in 6 months. At her next check up we were referred and about this time last year DD was finally seen by an orthodontist.
‘Impacted canine teeth’ was the official verdict and they were deemed severe enough to qualify for free treatment on the NHS. DD was going to need braces.
Now, I was brought up in small town NZ and braces weren’t unknown but they certainly weren’t the norm. It seems they are a lot more common these days but 11 is quite young to be having them fitted. She’s going to be the first person in her year with them. I guess this means she’ll have them off early too. DD is fine with the idea of having braces; I think she’s kind of looking forward to getting them.
What she’s NOT looking forward to is what needs to happen before the braces can go on. The orthodontist has decided she needs a couple of teeth out first. And her appointment is tomorrow.
I’m not much help. I had a couple of wisdom teeth out once but was given valium and can’t remember a thing. I don’t even have any fillings but I really, really don’t like dentists. Apparently DD is only going to need a local anaesthetic and no sedation will be required. She’s really anxious about it though and I’m not sure she’ll go through with it when push comes to shove. She’s not good with pain or needles and gets borderline hysterical at the sight of blood.
I’ve told the dental practice she’s very worried about the extractions but they don’t seem terribly sympathetic.
I’ll get her some rescue remedy, even though I think it’s a complete crock of shite but has anyone got any other advice? I know if I can get her through tomorrow, she’ll be fine with the braces etc, even though they will probably be more uncomfortable than the extractions in the long run.
Oh and does anyone know if the Tooth Fairy pays for extracted teeth. Even when the child concerned no longer believes?