When you’re an un-informed parent, you have to just trust the doctor you’re talking to.
I don’t like that feeling…just listening and blindly nodding as someone tells me what I have to do. They’re the expert right? They must know what they’re talking about.
That’s how I felt a couple of months ago when we took our eight year old to the orthodontist. She did ALL KINDS of x-rays and examinations and mold taking and picture taking. Then she told us that Elias would need braces…starting now. After the braces would come retainers and some other stuff I don’t remember because I was the smiling, nodding parent just trying to take in all this information that was all so new to me.
We didn’t think we had much of a choice. It sounded like we were going to need to fork out the big bucks.
Then…because of some weird (and obviously God sent) circumstances…we ended up taking Elias to a different orthodontist.
This one took a nice (free) thorough look at Elias’ teeth, turned to me and said, “With a little work, I think we can take care of this without braces.”
Yep. She showed Elias how he needed to use his fingers several times a day to try and push his front teeth together to help give room for this side teeth to grow in. Then, she showed him how he could use his tongue and push on his lower front teeth to create more space for the missing bottom tooth. And that’s it.
I could have kissed her. But I didn’t. But I really wanted to. I would have just settled for a hug, but she had other patients she needed to go see.
Elias has been pushing on his teeth ever since we got home. Oblivious about the cost, he’d rather not have metal in his mouth that might have the tendancy to cause pain. Quite aware of the cost, Matt and I are so thankful that we were able to seek a second opinion and to learn that indeed…we do have options.
Wahoo…we just saved a few thousand dollars!! And…we saved our little boy quite a bit of trauma. Thank you God!
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