The pain was unbearable at times and so was I. I can remember giving my mom such a hard time. You see, the appliance on the roof of my mouth had to be manually moved with a key each night before bed, and it didn't take too many nights for me to figure out that it hurt each and every time, so I resisted. My Dad had to even hold me down in a chair just to perform the operation.
Everything about my experience was pretty negative. I always had sores on the insides of my cheeks from the braces being rough or even getting caught. Then there was the problem of a bracket coming right off a tooth, and you know murphy's law says that things like that always happen when you are away from home. Being at the cottage with a bracket hanging off your tooth for a week or two at a time is not a fun experience.
I was so happy the day those braces came off!
Fast forward to several years later when my oldest daughter was told she was going to need braces. I knew her dental problems were the exact same as mine and I feared for that she was going to be needing that top of the mouth appliance. How would I ever move that key? Luckily, times have changed, she did have an appliance called an Quad-Helix, but there was no at home adjustment needed. Phew!
Emily's brace experience was a lot smoother than mine. Yet, it does take a huge commitment, on behalf of the patient as well as the family. Living in a small town, means no orthodontist close by, so there is a lot of traveling to and from appointments. She would often say that her classmates would tease and call her names, as she was one of the first kids in her class to get braces. I was always diligent in making and keeping her dental check-ups during her orthodontic treatment, because I was really worried that cavities were forming in her mouth. (It is rather difficult to clean teeth properly when one has braces on.) I know that a lot of kids who need orthodontic treatment are leary to do so for fear of interruption of their sporting activities.
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