I guess it is a right of passage. It seems every kid now has braces. I think they are more common than they ever were before. When I was a kid, it wasn’t a mandatory thing. You only got braces if your teeth were really crooked. I was fortunate and never needed braces. There were 3 of us and only one needed braces. Today, it seems different.
The dentist my kids go to has been talking about them eventually needing braces for years, so I knew this day was coming. Every six months the orthodontist pops in to the kids’ cleanings, which is convenient. When we went in March, I was told my daughter still needed to lose 2 teeth before her consultation, since that appointment she has lost one. My son is 2 years older and his consultation is today.
We head in to the orthodontist, and I already know what will be determined. He will need braces. I do not know for how long or how much they will cost, but as I said before, braces don’t seem to be an option anymore. The orthodontist asks him several times, “So, do you want braces?” I am not sure what kid will say , “Yes!” His teeth overlap a bit and he has a space between his 2 front teeth. His teeth are not awful, but I can see why they would recommend them. I told my son that he would appreciate his straight teeth when he is an adult, which I really believe. We made an appointment for tomorrow morning and the process will start.
I am assuming my daughter will have her consultation within the next 6 months to a year and both of them will be in braces at the same time. I am so glad the orthodontist is right across the street. While paying for braces for 2 kids will not be convenient, at least the location is!