Finally! The relief on my daughters face to be finally free of the metal restraints in her mouth is easy to see in this photograph!
I think this is the first time I have seen her smile properly in over 4 years. She has hidden her smile for so long. I have to say though, if there are any parents out there who think for one minute that getting a brace fitted for your child is not the right thing to do, take heed! My daughter received an instant confidence boost the minute the brace was taken off. I know, she has to go back to have a retainer fitted but it’s only for a few extra months and looking at how nice her teeth are now, she has no problem with it at all. I think in general it is a long drawn out process having the teeth straightened but with Andrea, her jaw was unevenly aligned due to all the teeth keen to make an appearance and so the whole process has been longer for her as she needed blocks fitted before the brace when on.
She’s beginning a new chapter in her life today as she is doing her induction day at Sixth Form College. I am the proudest mother around! You GO Andrea!
Not much has happened in the past week apart form the fact that my house looks like a scene from a war movie. I’ve no skirting boards on, I’ve ladders where dining tables used to be. The elephant ornament family have taken refuge in a storage box. I have no blinds up, I have colour test patch all over the walls, it looks like a severe case of the measles has broken out. I keep saying to myself…. “It will all be worth it.” (Repeat 986 times and remember to breath!) The floor is coming up, the doors are being removed. I shall live in a shell! It will all be worth it!
I have to pinch myself you know, just sometimes. I see my 21 year old young man, come home from work and then I see my 16 year old young lady, come home from college. How did that happen! I must have done something right!