Monday, June 2, 2008

What? She's Growing?!

We had a consultation at Bear's orthodontist this morning where his assistant showed us the x-rays they did of Bear's growth plates in her hand and neck. Consensus? She's currently in "active growth" phase. As the person who buys her pants, this is notsomuch a shocker.

Totally cool (and slightly creepy) was the x-ray of her cervical vertebrae where we could see not only her skull but her face and profile along it.

Bottom line is that she'll start with spacers in the fall and probably get braces 6 mos. to a year after that. They said to plan on about $5,000 total, so Daddy Shortbread feels we should start docking her allowance now to get a head start. Bear seemed opposed to that plan.

The formerly dreaded Boston trip is this Thursday. Bear is now wholly excited about it. I'm looking forward to the Boston, less so the trip. Would it be inappropriate to take the Valium left over from my gum surgery for the ride down? Thoughts?


Nana said...

As a former chaperone of many elementary school field trips, I say "TAKE THE VALIUM!!" Besides, you wouldn't want to be wasteful, and if you don't hurry up and use it, it might slip past the expiration date. That would be a total shame. :) You might want to take a pair of ear plugs, too. You guys sure do believe in supporting the dental profession, don't you? Once the time comes for her braces to go on, Bear will have lots of choices of colors which she'll find really cool.

#1quiltinggrandma said...

What a field trip! Sounds like fun. Wish I were going. When Daddy Shortbread had field trips in elementary school I chaperoned all of them, but none of them took us to the big city. Lucky Bear. I say take your IPods and a good book and just have fun.
As for braces I believe Daddy Shortbread's ran between $1800-$2000.00, but that was a long, long time ago.