Monday, March 20, 2017
Dentists, Braces and Retainers
A couple weeks ago Palmer and Brody had their check up with the dentist. The dentist discovered that one of Brody's permanent teeth was very loose. He was very concerned and made an emergency appointment with a specialist right after our appointment. I had all five kids with me, thinking it wouldn't be a big deal to take them to the quick check up appointment. The follow up was made immediately after, so all of us went on to the next appointment, including a very hungry, cranky baby and the twins who were supposed to be going on to preschool. I had to rearrange the carpool I was supposed to fulfill, and for some reason neither dentist office had warm water to make a bottle. Needless to say, it was a crazy morning. The second dentist was not quite as alarmed as the first, but did say Brody would need to get braces as soon as possible. He has a very exaggerated cross bite, which was pushing on one of his lower front teeth, making it loose and unable to graft to the bone.
A few days later we met with an orthodontist. Thankfully, he said we could correct the loose tooth with just a retainer. It's a combination of three types of retainers, so it's quite a mouthful, and makes it difficult for Brody to talk, but still better than the pain and discomfort of braces on a seven year old. He needs to wear it day and night, all the time unless eating for a few months. He was able to pick the design and chose a rainbow colored retainer. He is doing really well with wearing it. Brody has some sensory processing issues. so I was worried about how he would handle the retainer. He doesn't like it, but is dealing and getting used to it.
I know retainers are seen as nerdy, but I think he looks cute!