Marissa got her braces yesterday. After finding the floating tooth & visits to the orthodontist & oral surgeon, the wait is finally over.
Of course, like any kid, she's not happy about them & calls them "stupid". But she got purple elastic bands & that makes it a teeny bit better....So did the caramel apple we got her at Disney as a last hurrah! ;)
Today she had oral surgery to expose the floating tooth so they can align it slowly over time with the braces. She did wonderfully during the surgery, although I did not. I tried being brave & go in with her in the beginning but as the Dr. told us what he would be doing, I lost it a little. I can't handle needles to begin with but seeing them do all this to my baby girl was too much for me. Luckily Joe got there in time & kept me distracted. Plus the office nurse was terrific! She kept us updated & told us what to expect afterwords.
Marissa did wonderfully during the surgery, according to the doctor. She says she kept her eyes closed so she wouldn't see any blood, & she says it felt like it took forever. Unfortunately, after the surgery while the nurses were telling us what to do etc., the pain kicked in & she had to have more Novocaine. Luckily the doctor gave us a prescription for the pain.
The first part of the afternoon was tough for her. She was hungry & could only eat soft mushy foods. Chewing was tough for her. I feel so bad for her since she barely had time to adjust to the braces & now she has to adjust to a couple of stitches on the inside of her chin. I keep telling her that this is the worst of it & it will only get better from here!