Braces: Sooner or Later?
It's neat to see how our issues change over the years as our kids move from infants to toddlers to preschoolers and now school-aged kids. One of our readers emailed recently about orthodontics. My 8 year old son will inevitably need braces, but at a recent visit to the dentist, our doctor wasn't too concerned about looking into at this age. Conversely, one of his classmates had braces starting at age 7. Perhaps you have some perspective for this mama. She writes:
I am looking to canvass mothers of OLDER kids (which there seem to be some who read the site, hm?) about orthodontics. Yes, I'm interested in finding a good orthodontist--but also interested in advice others would give about a) how much you have to take orthodontists' word for it that your kid NEEDS braces; b) parents' experience dealing with the whole braces process, and advice therein; c) cost and insurance coverage--our current insurance doesn't cover and I am eager to find out if this is an anomaly or totally typical.
The long and short of it if you are interested is that I recently found out that my daughter is lacking four adult teeth, two tops and two bottoms, all close to the front. What this means is that they are suggesting tooth extraction (of the babies that haven't yet come out) and braces for her in the next year or so. I'm frankly horrified...but want to do the right thing, of course. And w/out insurance this will all START at $2K.