Have you ever heard of a third grader getting braces? Gabriel had an orthodontist appointment today and I was not expecting it to go the way it did. We had a Radiothon at the station today so I was unable to take him, but Jim filled me in. Earlier this summer our dentist recommended that Gabriel see an ortho because of crowding issues with his bottom teeth. He thought Gabe might need an expander (no biggie). However, when the orthodontist saw him he gave us a few options, none of which seem very appealing.:( The ortho said his top permanent teeth are coming in at an unusual angle and his bottom teeth are a mess. He can either have his baby teeth extracted to make room for the others (and still probably need braces later) or get “phase 1” braces now, and most likely “phase 2” when he is a teen. I wish I would have been there to ask questions and take notes but that is the basic overview. My first thought is to get a second opinion. Neither Jim or I ever had braces so this is new to us. I don’t feel comfortable with them pulling perfectly healthy teeth (even if they are going to come out eventually) but if will need braces regardless, why put him through the pain? Still, braces are a big deal (and a big BILL) so I don’t even want to think about that unless it’s really in his best interest.
I did some Googling and found this blog I thought was helpful. If you have any insight or experience on this issue I would sure appreciate some feedback. Oy Vey. What to do?!