I think “retainer” sounds gross, doesn’t it? It’s really called a plate, but I say retainer in an American accent just to annoy my family…
My middle baby is getting a top plate. I’ve always known he’s had a shocking cross bite. He was about 18 months old and I noticed it. I had a heart attack at the time, but after a quick dentist visit I realised we couldn’t do anything about it until he starting losing the baby ones. Also, strangely when I had my cards read last year the tarot reader told me “one of your kids has teeth problems – but you already know that” and she smiled – how did she know that?! Anyway, it’s true.
So now that some big teeth are sprouting, it was time to sort it out.
I love him with all my heart and my stomach did a little flip when the dentist said it was time. I had plates when I was younger. They aren’t fun. You talk funny, food gets stuck in them and they look horrendous.
He smiled the whole time when the dentist was explaining it. He said he is excited and can’t wait to tell all his friends. It will be ready for him in about 4 weeks. He chose a bright orange one! Noice!
I admire his enthusiasm, but we all know they aren’t attractive. I know for sure that the day after he gets it he’ll want it out. He’ll hate it and I’ll be the one making him wear it for months (and then I bet there will be braces in the next couple of years). I could not be prouder of this kid though. I told him all the girls will choose him because his teeth will be ah-maz-ing! Then he told me he wanted to be a pilot and fly planes. I told him he’ll be the most handsome pilot in the universe. It’ll be all worth it in the long run…
So between my husband needing root canal therapy, me needing 2 more fillings and my Tex needing a plate, we aren’t having a good run. Comes in 3’s don’t they say??
Have you been through this dental phase with your kids?