Wednesday, February 17, 2010


So today was the big day. Miss priss got her braces on. We got Chick Fil A for lunch and I ate with her at school. As soon as lunch was over I checked her out and we headed over to the orthodontists office. She was a little nervous because a few friends (non braces wearing friends) were telling her how much it was going to hurt. How they knew, I have no idea.

Once we got there we had to wait a little while of course but soon enough, they called her name. Tessa told the technician she was very nervous and we both reassured her there was nothing to be worried about. Here she is trying to hold her mouth shut so they couldnt get in there........

This was my favorite part. I had actually forgotten they use these things but as soon as I saw it on the tray I grabbed my camera. They let Tessa look at herself and she thought it was pretty funny too.

They let her pick colored rubberbands of course and she picked every blue one they had. She had to have 6 bands; 4 in the front and 2 in the very back. So the four front ones are all different colors of blue. Here she is checking them out when she's all done.

And here is her very FIRST picture with braces!

She of course doesn't look near as happy right now. She is in serious pain. I feel so badly for her. A morphine drip would have been nice. She'll be good in a few days though and you can already see major changes in her teeth!

Tuesday, February 16, 2010


Tonight is the last night I'll be looking at this precious little smile. Tomorrow Tessa is getting the first four (of many I'm sure!) brackets starting her orthodontic treatment! She already has an appliance in the roof of her mouth called a tongue crib. She has a tongue thrust (got that from me I guess) and it is supposed to help retrain her tongue to sit at the roof of her mouth. And since she is a little self conscious about her smile (REALLY?! At SEVEN!) they are going to go ahead and start braces on her front teeth to pull them back and together.

And although she doesn't like her little smile like it is, it's precious to me and I will miss it. It's just another sign of how fast she is growing up.