My daughter had her braces removed today, a process that took 2 1/2 yrs. We had ankylosis teeth(this is when teeth are fused to the bone) an over bite, and crooked teeth. She does need to have them professional cleaned, but we are thrilled ; It is like the sun shines when she smiles.
She thought her teeth looked like baby teeth when the braces went on, so she was stunned when they came off, "my teeth are big" she kept saying.
So, what does she want when the braces come over..GUM: gum balls, hot cinnamon and bubble gum. She smacked all the way home and I loved every minute of it. We blew bubbles and cranked up the tunes and sang loud. She is 13, we had a great day, but her smile faded when she sent a pic via cell phone to her boyfriend and his comment was "You look weird". Bad choice of words, young man and soon, she was crying.
I told her( close up photo via a phone camera) it wasn't a great pic. You look beautiful ! I am sure he didn't mean it that way.
Brace yourself ,if you have a child that will have some type of aesthetic treatment, whether it is glasses, braces, contact lens...emotions are in full swing and it is easy to bruise a delicate ego. Second thought, you still need to brace yourself, even if they don't have any treatments.
This morning I drove her to school; science project is due today. Boyfriend was standing outside waiting for her, he smiled, she lit up...all is well, for now. There will be plenty more brace myself moments. Braces are like a metaphor for the teen years....except the teens are the teeth and
the parents are the braces. We try to hold them in check, keep them straight, clean up your..........., and position them for adult hood. Then a retainer is needed to keep teeth from going back to their original state ; we as parents, still need to do this, remind them over n' over again.
We have to be like an orthodontist, lots of check ups, except we need to check in! We need to keep things open, not their jaw, but the lines of communication. Braces are painful, but the results is so worth it!