These are spacers. Not very fun, but necessary.
(I'm told they make you feel like you have a big piece of meat stuck in your teeth.)
After an ortho consultation for two of the kids this morning, we went ahead and began treatment.
For Anna, she has a stubborn tooth that just won't come in. We have waited more than enough time, to see if was just taking its sweet ol' time. But nope-- it doesn't want to budge, so we are going to help it along. In two weeks, she will have laser treatment to cut through the gum so the tooth can be pulled up. She will be fitted for a bottom retainer and braces too.
For Alex, he is now old enough to have phase 1 of his orthodontic work done. I wanted to wait until he was not only physically old enough, but also mature enough to better understood what was going on. When they placed the spacers, he immediately wanted to grab them. Though he wanted to pick them out, I was able to explain to him why he can't.
He will have 12-15 months of treatment done now, with another phase down the road.
In the next two weeks, he will be fitted with an expander to help widen his upper palate and draw back his front teeth. He will also wear rubber bands in 4-6 months to bring his lower jaw forward. All this to correct a severe overbite. Once this is corrected he should be able to close his mouth naturally, and that will help with his dry mouth and speech.
He is excited and nervous at the same time.
The neat thing is that the orthodontist, though almost an hour away, is near John's work. Now the four of us can start getting together for lunch.