Karen bolted in the house after visiting the dentist last week and screamed, “I get to have braces!!!!!” She was thrilled. I remember being excited to get glasses. That didn’t last long. Saying “Four eyes are better than two” got really old, really fast. But, I knew saying anything like that to her was useless. Plus, why burst her bubble?
The dentist said that she has a misaligned jaw, so that her bottom teeth are over her top teeth on the side. (Or something like that.) He’s mentioned this almost since her first visit, so it seems legit.
HOWEVER, he also mentioned as an aside, “Oh, and you might want to take Mark to the orthodontist too.” Really? Tom was the one that took him, so I don’t know why the dentist recommended it, but Tom said it seemed like an afterthought.
One of my best friends has a daughter in high school whose dentist just told her she needed braces. And, after she went to the orthodontist, he agreed. She started to cry. Why? Well, these days no one has braces in high school. Everyone gets them earlier. And, even though my friend had asked the dentist his opinion years ago, he never mentioned it before now. The orthodontist couldn’t figure out why she would be upset. Idiot. He obviously doesn’t have teenage daughters.
My friend and I got to talking and wondered, “Does anyone NOT “need” braces these days?” We were discussing her daughter’s problems, and they didn’t sound life-threatening, so we wondered why she just didn’t go ahead and wait until she was in college, or out, for that matter.
Tom and I neither one had braces. The reason he didn’t was because he was one of six kids, and money was tight. In fact, he got all his major dental work done while in the Army. I didn’t get them because my issues were not a big deal. My bottom teeth are a little crooked, but if I decide to fulfill my dream of becoming a pop star or act in a movie opposite George Clooney, I’ll get major work done like the rest of Hollywood. But, we don’t wake up with major jaw pains. Kids don’t run away screaming, “They’re hideous!” after seeing our teeth. We survived without ever being “metal mouths.” Maybe I should invest in these the next time I’m in Boca Raton. Seriously?
Now, I know there are completely legitimate reasons for braces. And, I do believe that Karen probably needs them.
But, does everyone??? What are your experiences/opinions?