Monday, August 2, 2010

Braces for my boy

I never realized that what I thought was absolutely adorable about Jared was really going to be a big problem. I always loved the way he smiled and didn't even know for years that it was caused by an underbite. Silly me...

He slept in a chin strap for over a year and it seemed to help but not completely. He started growing and the wire was leaving a permanent indention in his cheeks so, that was that.
His grandpa is a dentist and has been keeping tabs on the situation. I guess it could cause a lot of problems down the road so the braces were an important step. As soon as his baby teeth fell out and the big guys came in enough, it was time...

Truth be told, he whined all weekend! I explained that it was so cool to have braces because he is the first 7 year old ever to have braces. He thought that was a pretty good deal for a while and would tell me: "I hate these braces but I do like being the first 7 year old to get them". But by the end of the weekend it was "I hate these braces and I don't even want to be the first 7 year old to have them!". Funny little guy...
It's only been 3 1/2 days and already his upper teeth have shifted so that they could come down over his lower teeth! Yay!!! He can almost close his back teeth again. He's looking forward to eating real food. I think that in a couple of days we will be able to take the wire out and then have the braces removed not too long after.


  1. crazy - good thing your FIL knows what's up! Will they have to put in braces again later on down the road? Sounds like they'll get to come off pretty early ;)