Jazzie got her braces and expander this past Tuesday. It has not been easy so far. Jazzie has been in a lot of pain and is trying to get used to talking, eating and swallowing with all this metal in her mouth.
The first night was the worst. She was lashing out at me for making the decision to go ahead with the braces. There were a lot of tears and nothing I said made any difference. She cannot see past the now and does not care that the end result will be a beautiful smile. All she cares about right now is that her mouth hurts.
In the middle of her emotional breakdown, her orthodontist called at 8:15 PM to check on her. I was so impressed that he would call to see how she was doing. He was able to tell Jazzie that her pain and discomfort are normal and that it can take about a week before she feels somewhat normal again. We've gone through a lot of ibuprofen and chocolate pudding this week ;-)
Yesterday was the first time that she seemed a bit better and I am hoping that when she comes home from school that she will be even better still.
Hard to see my girl in pain :-(