A few weeks ago saw our little family of four heading off for a very big event (for us). Those of you who are long time blog followers of mine will know that we have travelled quite a long and often difficult journey with Emily's teeth. It was back in 2009 when her orthodontist discovered she had an extra tooth between her two front teeth, not visible to us, but one that was growing up into her sinuses. On May 19 2009, almost exactly four years ago, she had oral surgery, that was so much more than we were prepared for. We faced a few setbacks and a scary trip to hospital a week after surgery but through it all, we had a common goal. We wanted to save as many adult teeth as possible and work towards our girl having beautiful, straight teeth (something both her father and I don't have).
Fast forward to a few weeks ago. After braving the last of her baby teeth being removed by the dentist, Emily was ready and the BIG day - the day she was to have braces put on her teeth. We are a close knit family and face most things together as our little family of four, so hubby and Jasper both took the day off work and school to come along for moral support and to be there for Emily.
I was SO unbelievably proud of our girl. Gone were the terrified eyes, and the tears brought on by fear, and in their place was a happy smile and an almost excitement at the prospect of finally being able to get braces. Here is our happy girl just before we walked into the Orthodontist.
It took about 1 1/2 hours for the braces to be attached and while we chatted and watched, our girl transformed before our eyes. Before we knew it, she had a set of gorgeous teal and aqua braces in place. Here is the first photo of Emily with braces (and a thick layer of fluoride as well).
We headed home ready for Emily to spend a few days adjusting to her new braces. The orthodontist warned us that she could be quite sore for 2 - 5 days, so we armed ourselves with custard, jelly and soft scrambled eggs. Thankfully after only about 2 days of a little discomfort, Emily was in no more pain and fully adjusted to her new braces. I was SO relieved that she adjusted to quickly and within a few more days she said she was totally used to them.
So now we just have to wait the two years it takes for these braces to do their job. I am sure based on how quickly the last four years have flown, that we will all be heading back to have these braces removed before we know it.
And one week later, here is our happy, smiling and content girl. I couldn't be happier with how she has adjusted and how quickly the braces are already starting to do their job. I can't wait to watch Emily transform, grow and blossom even more.