Mama Diaries

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Brace Face

My daughter is officially a "brace face."  She had the shiny silver bands placed on her teeth today.  She was pretty nervous about getting those things on.

"Mama," she said.  "My friends tell me it's going to hurt for the rest of my life."

"The rest of your life?" I said.  "Nah.  Only about a year or so."

"But my friends say it's worse than getting spacers."

"Listen," I said.  "I had braces, and I don't recall braces being worse than spacers.  You'll have some discomfort, but it'll go away.  I'll give you some Motrin when we get home."

So she went into the office and sat in the chair.  The orthodontist clamped her mouth open and went to work.  Two hours latter she was sporting a silver smile.

"Look, Mama!"

"Pretty cool," I said.  "That wasn't so bad, was it?"

At first she didn't answer.  "Well, they feel funny."

"Yeah," I said.  "It's always funny having metal stuck in your mouth."

We left the office and drove back to school.  On the way, my daughter inspected her new grin.  "Um, Mama," she said.  "There's a piece of my hair stuck under a band."

"Pull it out,"

She did.  "Owwwww!" she hollared.

Uh oh.   I guess that was the straw that broke the camel's back!   


  1. hahaha I remember thinking they lasted forever when people got them too. Hopefully she gets used to them.

    1. I hope so too. Because I've heard nothing but complaints!

  2. She'll really think they're cool when they are able to put different colors on every time she goes in for a check up! Very very awesome!

    1. She does like that part of it. She has a green band and a blue band on her two front teeth.

  3. Kiddo said spacers are the worst. Thankfully she is almost out of hers. They might hurt when they get worked on, but that's it. I agree with Judy. She'll love picking out her colors.

    1. I hope she gets used to them quickly. Right now she's afraid to eat anything because she says it hurts.

  4. I have two kiddos in braces right now - we serve a lot of soft foods around here lately!