Tom's braces

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Tom's braces

I didn't want to threadjack the other thread Smile

Monday we brought Tom to his pediatric dentist and they bonded a wire to his top teeth. The one where the cleft was is perpendicular to how it should be and pushing into his front teeth. We were unsure if it was baby or permanent (this tooth was his extra tooth - his other tooth in this location was small). After x-rays we found out he has 2 more teeth coming into this spot and they're both perpendicular too.

So the goals of braces are:
* to keep the tooth from pushing the other teeth more
* to slide it into place because it seems to bother him (both because he says he has a missing tooth and because he plays with it a lot - it's so sideways there is a big gap in his smile)
* to hope that turning it may help rotate the adult teeth too. That can happen.

It was sketchy, for us, but we figure he has this tooth for probably a good 4 more years and moving the tooth gives him a more "normal" smile (without a big hole in it) and it won't bother him. We also figure a tooth sticking the wrong way is probably going to interfere with speech at least a little.

We go back in early August for them to tweak the wire (which I assume means unglue it, adjust it, and glue it back on).

I'm not 100% sure that it was the right decision but I think I feel better doing it than not doing it...

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That must be rough on a 3yo. I have been told braces can hurt (my oldest never complained but he has a high pain tolerance) so I'm sorry he has to have them so early, but if it helps it's definitely worth a shot at least. Let us know how he does with them.

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They've been on 4 weeks now. After only 2 it was really noticeable how much straighter his tooth was. It was the right decision Smile

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Sounds awesome. As to was it the right thing I think it is, has Sam lost many baby teeth? Peter has only lost one so far and he is going to be 7 next month. Looking back I wish I got his chipped tooth fixed when he broke it jummping off the bed, but at the time he was 4 1/2 and we figured it would come out between 5 and 6 and we would only see the chip for like a year in photos, it has been 32 months and it shows no signs of being ready to fall out.

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Sam has lost her 2 middle bottom teeth. One of the ones next to those is loose (because the adult tooth came in at a funny angle). Both top teeth are loose but one much more so than the other. Granted, she got whacked in the head the other day and got a fat lip and a nose bleed so it might be partly related to that. It was already loose but I think that sped the process up some Smile