The Plan is three months with an expander on the roof of his mouth, three months of braces on his top teeth and then 12 - 18 months of this:
Are you kidding me? Here's a better picture:
Let me tell you something -- I miss potty training.
This nasty, horrifying torture devise is known as the Herbst Appliance. Google it if you dare.
This thing is creeping me out. Never mind my kids reaction when he saw it.
Looking at it makes me feel claustrophobic.
No I did not freak out in front of J13. I remained all calm and it's-no-big-deal. But I have pretty much been fetal on the inside since Monday afternoon.
I've been researching it on-line which has not been helpful. Note to self and all of you: Stay away from forums which feature teenagers discussing their feelings about braces.
OK, not all the teens were freaking out about it, but plenty were. One girl said she cried every day for two years. Lots of kids said it was not big deal once they got used to it. Several said it was hideous.
I just can't stand the idea of this being in my kid's mouth permanently for 18 months.
I did find an article by an oral surgeon saying he believes it can cause arthritis later in life and other permanent damage to the jaw.
If J13 is willing to wear a headgear every day for 12 hours and rubberbands 24/7 he can skip the Herbst.
My plan is this -- show him pictures of both the Herbst and the headgear and discuss the pros and cons of both and let him decide.
I'm also getting a second and possibly a third opinion. I'm sure the treatment plan will be the same but I'm dishing out $6,000 over the next few years. I'd like to make sure we are with the doctor/staff/office that fits us best.
I'm telling you I am really freaked out by this thing. The braces and all that don't bother me. Maybe because I wore them. Maybe I'm overreacting. Maybe not. I'm purposely dragging my kid once a month to a place which is going to cause him pain and discomfort. Even if it's what he needs and is best for him I hate it.
I thought the most painful part would be paying for it, but honestly it's putting him through it. I wore braces and it was not fun.
Have any of your kids worn a Herbst Appliance? I'm really looking for some advice/feedback on this whole ortho thing.
Am I crazy to get two more opinions? I have an appointment tomorrow and one for mid-September. I really want to get the whole thing started, but want to do what's right for J13.