Our oldest was a late little teether. She only had one little nubbin’ of a tooth on her first birthday.
Slowly but surely she got more and more as these kids seem to do. There were dentist visits, some more memorable than others, and we finally decided to switch dentist offices because we felt like we weren’t getting the best care for all of the baby teeth we had to take care of in our house.
Then at almost 6, she lost that same first tooth. It was very emotional for me. I mean, I grew all of her in my body, but for some reason, seeing that little piece of her in my hand that I helped grow got me all weepy.
Of course, she was pleased as punch!
True to my word, after the memorable dentist visits, it is now one task I charge to Mr. Serious. Of course, he hasn’t learned that I want answers to all of the questions and he needs to get all of the information.
This last visit, he brought home copies of their digital x-rays.
But, he also brought the news that our oldest is missing two adult molars. He asked no questions…NONE! He then also told me that the hygienist said that her top teeth (incisors?) were abnormally small for an adult. Guess what. They aren’t adult teeth! So, instead of not having two adult teeth, she’s missing FOUR!
I had a million questions for the husband.
What do we do?
Do we leave the baby teeth forever?
Do we have the baby teeth pulled when the next teeth start coming in?
Will they move around and settle on their own?
Will she need bridges or implants down the road?
I took a deep breath and calmed down. Mostly because I knew he had like zero answers. I get it…he’s just not one to ask questions, but I needed them. I then put in a call to the dentist to get some answers.
The dentist told me there were quite a few options, most of them involving some time to see what her teeth do. But, they did say, unlike I would have thought and many other parents think, not to wait until she’s a teenager, check out this infographic which outlines the process. The American Association of Orthodontics recommends taking children for their first orthodontic check-up no later than age 7. The American Dental Association says this is because, “Your child’s dentist can spot problems with emerging teeth and jaw growth early on, while the primary teeth are present.” So, our next step is to find an Invisalign specialist.
Mr. Serious and I never had braces, but I remember friends having them and how uncomfortable they were socially (forget eating spinach, or really anything in front of people). And, since Invisalign and braces have the same cost, I think the virtually invisible (an adult friend had them, I never would have know if he hadn’t have said something), less socially awkward aligners are the way to go.
My freaking out has calmed down a little. We have a plan. We will schedule a consultation to see what is recommended. There are still many other baby teeth to lose, but we need to know what to do about the ones that she will never lose.
Do you still have any baby teeth? Do you wish your parents/ orthodontist would have treated it differently? I don’t want our daughter to have to teeth with teeth issues when she’s an adult that we could have resolved when she was a child!
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