Earlier this week I took our eight year old son to the orthodontist. Since I donned a shiny set of man-braces about ten months ago, I am now the local expert on modern orthodontia. As it turns out, he has a pretty major underbite, and is therefore a candidate for early intervention. During his first visit they took his ‘records’ which included a series of digital photos and a panoramic x-ray. They also put spacers in front of his upper second molars. Fun, fun, fun.
If you’ve never had spacers, it’s like having a chunk of meat stuck between your teeth. Except that it hurts considerably more. (Note to self: remember to give him Advil before his next appointment.) Next week he has to go back in so they can make impressions of his teeth and actually give him braces. At that point we will be, as he puts it, “braces buddies.” Fortunately for him, he’s only getting partial treatment right now (upper teeth only). Unfortunately, they’ll also be fitting him for a ‘quad’ which will expand his arch (ouch) and help to correct the underbite. And worst of all, once this round of treatment is done and his permanent teeth are all in, he will almost certainly need a second round of orthodontia.
An interesting (as least to me) aside… We also learned (based on the panoramic x-ray) that he’s missing one of his ‘man’ teeth. Sure enough, his second bicuspid on the lower left side just isn’t there. This apparently is apparently a congenital condition, and it’s not all that uncommon. In all likelihood we’ll just leave it alone and deal with it if/when it ever becomes a problem.
– Braces for an Eight Year Old, Update
– Orthodontia and Armpit Farts
– Braces for an Eight Year Old, Update #2
– Braces for an Eight Year Old, Update #3
– No More Braces For Our Eight Year Old (For Now)