Daughter gets her braces today.
She’s not that happy. Worried about what she’ll look like (pretty normal for a 12 year old girl!). Worried about the discomfort. What names she’ll get called at school.
So, we gave her a choice….
A 2 week family holiday in Tasmania or A Lifetime Smile.
She’s opted for the smile. In fact, it’s become her mantra, whenever she starts to get stressed about the braces going on. ” A lifetime smile, a lifetime smile.”
Don’t quite know what we would have done if she had of turned around and said “I’ll take the holiday Mum.”
After talking about it with her, we decided to chronicle her journey here on my blog – not anywhere near related to jewellery, I know – but we figure it would be something that other kids (and their parents) about to face braces, might be interested in.
So, it will be Daughters words and my photos.
“Hi!! I’m Clarissa and I get my braces today – hooray (sarcasm, in case you were wondering – Mum). I don’t want to be called names at school, like Rachael who gets called “Train Tracks”. But, I know that it is going to be worth it. Because I’ll have a Lifetime Smile.”
This is what Clarissa’s teeth look like now –
A quick history.
Clarissa had what is commonly referred to as shark teeth. As her adult teeth were coming through, they pushed the baby teeth to the back (and front), so she had a mouth full of teeth. Previous teeth that had fallen out on their own (or been pulled be Dad – NOT something I recommend) had been a traumatic experience for her. She had previously had 3 teeth removed while in the dentists chair – and in the end the remaining 8 had to be extracted while she was under a general anaesthetic.
Her jaw was too narrow to accomodate her adult teeth, so she had an expander put in around the middle of last year. This device widened her top jaw, and in the process her bottom, giving her teeth a little more room to move in to place. Not enough to get them straight though, so finds us today getting the braces.
Stay tuned for weekly photos and comments – and follow the teeth-straightening journey with us.