I didn't want to threadjack the other thread
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...