When I was a kid, my dad used to pull my teeth. Soon after one showed the slightest sign of coming loose, he'd take me out back and punch me in the mouth.
Okay, it wasn't quite like that.
Actually, we'd go into the bathroom where he would wrap some floss around the short-timer and wiggle it and wiggle it and wiggle it until it came out. His reasoning was that my mouth needed to be rid of the old teeth to make proper room for the new teeth, or else the new ones would come in crooked. I guess there was method to his madness. My teeth did come in pretty straight, and I avoided the whole social awkwardness that braces sometimes brought.
Eventually, I had kids of my own and made sure that their teeth came in straight too.
NOT! You kidding? Gross!
Surprisingly, though, we haven't had many teeth issues. Yesterday, I was at the dentist with Meego for a checkup. His teeth look straight enough to me, but apparently he's got some weird jaw curvature going on so that his back teeth hardly touch when he closes his mouth.
Looks like we're in for "Summer Dental Checkup, the Sequel". "headgear", "appliances" were a couple of the words mentioned. Braces probably after he loses all of the baby teeth, depending on how well the "headgear" and "appliances" work. So now we have an appointment with the orthodonti$t in the very po$h office building with rather fancy busine$$ card$.
Chaco also went in. His teeth are fine and straight and without issues.
Except for maybe those wisdom teeth. Yep, those should come out. Dentist says he's right in the age window where people get their wisdom teeth removed, and that he should probably do it before school starts. I thought about the stories I've heard of others' experiences of being doped up and getting their wisdom teeth out.
I've kept mine. Yes, I have a couple of wise old teeth, and they're not going anywhere. Apparently, I have - in technical dental terms - a "big mouth".
Headgear, appliances, braces, wisdom teeth removal. I blame their father.