Monday, October 22, 2012

And in the end, it was all worth it....

Friday marked a milestone of sorts for my oldest child. After 2 long years(and 2 months), she had her braces removed. Big deal right? Well to us, especially her, it was.

She got her first tooth at 6 months old. Pretty normal. When she was 5, she started loosing her baby teeth and getting her grown up teeth. She lost her teeth one right after the other, sometimes 2 at a time. This, along with fact that she's a tiny little thing, made her have some horrible crowding issues. There just wasn't enough room in her little girl mouth for all these big teeth. The result was not pretty:
My babies teeth, pre-braces.

She hated her teeth, and there was no way we wanted her to have to go through her teen years, and possibly the rest of her life, with her teeth so messed up. So we scrimped and saved, and found a great orthodontist. Our dental insurance was no help at all, and from what I'm told, that seems to be the norm. We were told she would need braces for 3+ years and that she needed 4 teeth pulled. We were assured they could be fixed, but it would take time. They ended up moving really quick, and after 2 years and 2 months the braces came off.
That's a $6,000 smile right there ladies and gentlemen.

It's mind-blowing right? Her smile was so worth all the time and effort, and yes, money, it took to make it perfect. She was so excited, she choose to go to school after her appointment so she could show off her new teeth.

It was a great way to end the week.

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