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Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Straightening things out

Today we went to discuss Sam's teeth with an orthodontist. As you might have noticed, Sam has some dental issues. He has an underbite, which needs to be corrected now to (hopefully) avoid a surgical correction as a teenager. He will have to wear this bizarre headgear 14 hours a day (at home) for six months.

Sam also has a narrow upper jaw that has to be corrected with one of these racheting expanders.

And by the way, none of this will correct his crookedy teeth. He will need braces again when he is 15. On the plus side, the orthodontist seems like a good guy with a much more professional practice than the disorganized and haphazard dental school where I had my orthodontic work done. Also on the plus side, we have dental insurance.


Anonymous said...

Again, poor Sam.
That looks miserable.
You'd think after so many years (since I was a kid!) of orthodontry, they'd come up with a less awkward way to straighten teeth!!

Grandma Dorinda said...

I'm so glad you are able to offer your child better than you got! That's how we improve the world!