What a Difference!

June 5, 2012

A friend who was recently introduced to my blog made the comment that my girls look so much different now. I am so thankful that I have a blog to look back at and see just how much they have changed and to be able to read the details of fun activities and life events. I am not so good at journaling or photo albums, so I really glad I have this blog. But, I digress!

This picture was taken 23 months ago. Sorry for the grainy, awful look of it…I must not have had enough light.

This picture, I took at 8:30 this morning.

Sarah was very diligent in her orthodontic experience. She wore her rubber bands the entire 23 months she was in braces, except for the 8 week reprieve she was given a few months ago. She brushed carefully and always was careful about what she ate and how she ate it. Last month when I took her for her final appointment before removal, the doctor told us that she was an excellent candidate for permanent retainers. They are a thin wire that is glued to the backs of the 4 front teeth. She explained that not all patients can have the wire, only those with excellent oral care. I was pretty proud of Sarah, but skeptical about the wires. I asked around, researched the Internet, and finally asked the dental hygienist about it when I got my teeth cleaned last week. We came to the conclusion that the permanent wires were the best choice for Sarah. The only “maintenance” is keeping them clean and having regular dental check-ups to make sure the teeth aren’t shifting.

So here is the end result…

Doesn’t she look happy? She was so excited! Then, to add to her excitement, Dr. K told her that the girls in the office had gotten her organic products for her goody bag and they had checked them for soy. I was blown away! I had told the girls not to worry about a goody bag for her because there are so many things she can’t eat because of her legume issues. They, however, went out of their way to get her things she could eat. She was very pleased and very impressed!

So now that Sarah’s braces saga is over, Erin’s should begin in a month or so. As Dr. K put it last time he saw her, she needs to grow 1 more tooth. It’s broken through and I suspect by her mid-July appointment it should be far enough in for them to grab it with a bracket and pull it the rest of the way in.

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