Dd1 (11 yrs) has crowded teeth. I thought I'd done my research on orthodontic treatment, but I guess I wasn't thorough enough. We started out with cranio-sacral treatment to expand her palate and it was nothing short of amazing. I was adamant that she not have any teeth extracted (her wisdom teeth will likely be another issue.) After that, she had upper and lower expanders that also worked miraculously (because of the continued c/s therapy, possibly.) Then it was time for braces, but I just didn't feel 100% comfortable with the idea and money was/is really tight. Then, our insurance decided to cover it 100%, so we opted to do it. She just got her braces on this week and they've been causing a lot of pain for her. I felt bad, but it wasn't until I had a dentist appt on Wednesday (the day after she got her braces on) and a new dentist walked in and asked if anyone had ever told me about my front teeth. She pulled out an x-ray from February & showed me how the roots on my two upper and two lower front teeth were shortened. She proceeded to tell me that this made my risk of losing them greater and that it was from the pressure of braces moving my teeth.
I suppose there must have been some small print that talked about the possibility of root damage in her treatment paperwork, but from what I'm reading now, it seems like it's a pretty common side effect.
So now she's had braces for 4 days and I'm contemplating walking into the orthodontist office and asking them to remove them. It sounds crazy even typing it.
Do I risk compromising the health of her teeth for a straighter smile? Is that even my decision? At age 20, will she scream at me for not having her teeth straightened when I had the opportunity? Dear goddess, the decisions we parents are forced to make are unbearable!
Does anyone know if there's a chance that she'll have more room for her teeth as she grows? She's had all of her adult teeth for a few years now (she's a bit advanced in this area.) Her teeth aren't that bad, they're not crooked, it's just that the pointy teeth up top (eye teeth? canines?) don't have room to fit, so they're sort of protruding a bit. A girl in the neighborhood called them "vampire fangs."
I don't know if it's right to leave the decision up to her. Of course, I feel like I already made the decision, but after learning what I've learned...it doesn't feel right.