Adventures in Subbing

Friday, March 20, 2009

More metal . . .

Several years ago, we began dental work on Carly to try and solve her breathing problems. She could barely breath and fight off infections. She had been on antibiotics every 6-8 weeks since she was 8 mo. old. The ENT clinic did some scans and suggested an orthodontist (as well as a long list of things she could not be around to include carpet, smoke, stuffed animals, mold, and basically anything "old"). She started out with an expander to spread the top plate, then we moved onto upper and lower metal somethings that push the insides of her teeth , now we've moved back to the upper expander and now limited upper and lower braces. What we thought was a fix for her years of sinus infections and sleepless nights has turned into some painful and long reconstruction. She has had metal in her mouth since she was 6, she is almost 9 now and will have these for a year. On the plus side, she has been antibiotic free for two years now and she breathes SO much better. BUT now she is in miserable pain and very unhappy despite the big bright smile shown in the picture.

2 comments:

patty said...

awww, poor Carley's mouth! Not to mention your poor pocketbook with two mouths in braces!

an.Alaskan.mom said...

We got off easy with her. We only paid 634.00 for this because we had paid a portion of this "phase one" work years ago. Then her insurance picked up some. We got SO lucky with that . . . but "Phase Two" will most likely break us.