Oh your smile, right now I long to see it. I long to see it unadorned by metal and braces. We will wait a while for that my little friend, but it will get easier.
If I could lift the cloak of discomfort off your shoulders and place it upon my own broader, stronger and time gnarled back, my darling I would. The silent sounds of your pain reverberate and echo and catch at my heart.
What cost a smile?
I know so many of us have gone through this with our children and possibly dealt with it for ourselves. But oh doesn’t it hurt to see them in discomfort. Those first few days when the metal is attached to teeth, when rubbing and pulling and strangeness are all the name of the game. When it is all “no you can’t eat this”, “No you can’t eat that” and they are all her favourite things. When there is no escape and you’d do anything to take that all away.
It will be worth it in the end. A straight smile, a healthy mouth, a confident grin and a happy face.
She’ll get used to it, it will just be there, a part of her loveliness for a year or so, and then there will be toffees again, just not right now.
Don’t you hate it when things that are for the best seem so horribly unfair at the time? She is lucky of course, we live in a country where dentistry for straight teeth is something we have grown to expect as a right. Gone are the days of my youth when squinty teeth were the norm, and braces so unusual they were things to be mocked. Thankfully this is not so nowadays, they are commonplace and you’d be mocked for the squinty teeth not the brace.
I know it’s right for her to wear this brace and grin and bear it. Oh how I longed for straight teeth all my life, it was only recently that I had mine crowned and veneered and made into that straight grin I’d always yearned for. Now I well know the cost of my smile, every damn penny of it.
Hers will be a naturally straight smile, something to grin about.
If any of you have hints and tips for coping with the dreaded train track braces please let me know.
Have a great weekend.