Friday, January 15, 2010

Brace Yourself

Daughter has already gone through a year's worth of orthodontics treatment. [I won't count the three months a year before that with the evil orthodontist who got his Master's in Tween Torturing.] Eldest was checked out a year ago, too, but he "lucked" out in that he was too old for the early treatment and needed to lose a few more baby teeth before he could start what is now probably considered traditional treatment.

[Seriously? When did 8-year-olds and 9-year-olds start getting braces? Isn't it always supposed to happen right in the middle of junior high, when you're all gangly and hormonally wrecked and pimply? Isn't that the traditional time to get braces?]

What's that sound? The clock chiming that it's time for Eldest to start his treatment? Or is it the ringing of a cash register at the orthodontist's? No, wait, it's the sound of the crash cart defibrillator being used as the amount is totaled up for me.

Driving home, Eldest says, "I'm sorry you guys have to spend so much money on us."

"Having kids is expensive," I say. "Don't worry about it."

"Maybe three kids is too many."

"What number should we have stopped at, then?" I ask.

"Well, I love Daughter and Youngest, but..."

I'm just going to be content that he admitted to loving both of them. At 13, that's not something I would have readily done for my siblings.


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Patois42 said...

Damn, those spambots have come out to play on recent posts. [HEAVY SIGH] [MUCH CURSING]

Michele R said...

Your post here is incredibly timely for what is on my mind. Took my youngest to just regular dentist for a cleaning. he is in 3rd grade. About 18 months ago dentist gave me name or orthodontist. I ne ver went for a consult. We will just be told he is perfect for :Phase One". I believe in waiting till they are 12 or 13. Why do they need to be perfect looking at age 11?? I just don't get it. Of course I am not talking about any severe facial problems here. Just your average crowded mouth.
My 13 yr old and 11 yr old (soon to be 12) have not gone to ortho yet either. The oldest still has a new tooth just growing in. Their top teeth are perfect but the bottom are crowded. Do I really need to spend thousands on that? Something to figure out this year.

"Sunshine" said...

Patois, your kids are so thoughtful and considerate!

Maggie May said...

yup! pretty darn good answer.

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CrAzY Working Mom said...

Having three kids is most definitely very expensive! :)


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