Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Operation Brace Face: Phase One

Operation Brace Face is going to be a series of blogs on here that will follow my oldest daughter and her adventure in getting her braces! 
With the world as it is this is something most parents will have their children endure.
About 15 years ago I endured this very thing and I thought it would be a series that would help parents as I face the challenges of this Operation. 

Soooo.... let's begin.

About a year ago we went to her dentist for her 6 month check up and cleaning when they noticed that D had a lot of crowding in her mouth and that she needed to see an orthodontist. With this said we went back and forth a few times doing preventive work which included have 4 teeth pulled. These were baby teeth as they hope that they will not have to pull any adult teeth in her future. 

So 2 weeks ago we went back to the orthodontist to see if they were going to do more preventive work or if they were going to go ahead and hit me with a bill and start Operation Brace Face. 
Well it was the latter....

I will not disclose our final price for these since every client's pricing will vary but I will say that it is about what I expected and the hubby on the other hand thinks it is highway robbery. UGH!

That day they sent us home with what they call the "No-No" List:
This is everything she can NOT have while wearing her braces. 
Let's just say she is NOT HAPPY about it! 

The "No-No" List includes:
Ice
Pretzels and Hard Chips
Hard Rolls and Bagels
Ribs, Wings and Bones
Nuts
Popcorn
Raw Carrots and Celery
Beef Jerky and Slim Jims
Pens and Pencils
Candy Suckers, Sweet Tarts, and Jolly Ranchers
Fruit Roll-Ups, Frozen Candy Bars, Gob Stoppers, Gummy Bears, and NO Gum of any kind

Now you see what all the fuss is about! 

D will have to wear them for about 2 years and will also have to have what they call an expander aka split plate prior to actually getting the braces on.

She will start the process March 11th

 (which is 2 days after her 11th birthday (again not thrilled with mommy at this point) 

We will follow her and her progress and the rainbow of color changes. I will get her input and opinions on Operation Brace Face and how it feels to be the patient. 
I hope you all enjoy this series!
Here is Miss D!