Tuesday, February 24, 2009

More Braces

Well, it's Melissa's turn - she got braces on today. And just like Jessica did, she has a medieval torture device in her mouth too. It's called a distal jet appliance and it is designed to separate the two banded teeth on the right to make room for a missing permanent molar to come down between them - and so it doesn't come out the side of her mouth. The bar on the right has a spring at the end, and as it expands, it will move the tooth back. The appliance can also widen her palate just like Jessica's, if the need arises later on. And don't worry about the blue gunk - it's just extra glue that will flake off over the next couple of days as she brushes.

Lucky for Jessica, she no longer has that box in her mouth to widen her palate. Somehow she broke it off one of her teeth and since her mouth moved so quickly the "Dontist" decided to leave it off. Now she only has to have a wire to maintain her widened palate. She is so excited to have her teeth looking so much straighter already - her front two teeth don't overlap each other anymore. Yay!


Cindy Quick said...

wow - I must say that looks so uncomfortable! However, with the before and after pictures of Jessica's mouth - looks like it works.

Oh boy! Something for Zachary to look forward to - huh?!

Pam said...

Wow, amazing! I've got to get my kids in too. Wes, Heather, and now Haylee are all supposed to begin their torture. I've been dragging my feet, but I guess I should get them started.