Early in June, 2009, my oldest son started his orthodontics journey. For those of you who have been reading for a while, you may remember that he needed more treatment than most. His lower jaw was set so far back that his bottom teeth were hitting the roof of his mouth.
We were pretty much aghast at the device they wanted to put on him. It was called a herbst, and this is what it looked like.
We sought a second opinion, hoping there was something less-scary looking that would help. However, they recommended the same thing.
Reluctantly, we finally agreed. As hard as it was going to be to watch him go through it, it would be far worse to do nothing. His friends had already begun calling him “Buck tooth”. The picture below was his normal smile.
Much to our relief, he adjusted just fine and wore the herbst until the spring of 2010. It was exciting when that thing came off! However, his braces remained in place until just last week.
I couldn’t be happier for him!
I’m so thankful we decided to do it. So often, we as parents struggle to make a choice we know will be tough on our child.
Even when we know it has to be done, and there is no other way.
I’m also thankful for a God who totally understands on a much larger scale!
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