Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Just Hemorrhaging Money...

I took Shark Boy to the orthodontist last week. We've been kind of in a holding pattern for over a year, knowing that Wyatt will need braces eventually, but waiting for his baby teeth to all come out and for him to hit that adolescent growth spurt. So, last Monday, Dr. V said the time has come. Wyatt needs a tooth pulled (one baby tooth is clinging tenaciously to his jawbone), after which he'll begin with head-gear, while we wait for the rest of his "big teeth". Apparently his upper jaw is out in front of his lower jaw, and the head-gear should correct that.

Then on Tuesday (last week) I got all three to the dentist for check-ups and cleaning, and scheduled the extraction for early next month. Great. So Mr. "High Anxiety" has a month to stew about that. I was hoping to beg them to just pull it that very day, but no such luck.

And then I got thinking that although Tate is 2 and a half years younger, he has lost more baby teeth and has a noticeable overbite. So he saw the the ortho, Dr. V, this morning.

Yeah. Good thing, too. Not as much crowding as Shark Boy, but his upper jaw is apparently offset from the lower jaw by an entire "tooth's worth". (Does that make sense???)

So we'll have TWO boys starting in head-gear in March. Then moving into full braces.

25% down, and let the payments begin...

4 comments:

Deborah said...

Join the club :-)! Our dentist has one in a retainer, one in braces, and one waiting for extractions, so he can railroad track her too. I can hardly wait to see what he comes up with for the youngest! Thankfully at this point, she still has all her baby teeth.

Kristen@nosmallthing said...

Egads. I don't look forward to THAT. I expect to have to put four through the torture, too.

leahlefler said...

My sympathies to your bank account. I know we'll be headed that direction in another decade or so- small jaws and lots of teeth don't make good bedfellows! Good luck with the tooth extraction!

Julie said...

Oh Lord have mercy!