Older post that I didn't get around to posting before the whole COVID thing...
Ended up with GREAT NEWS a couple of weeks ago.
Thursday night there was a message on our answering machine re: early morning Ortho appointment for DL the next day. Wanted a parent to come to discuss "Phase 2," yadda yadda yadda. He has more my mouth and issues which was way too many years of braces, every contraption ever invented for ortho, plus jaw surgery. & my jaw is probably better than it was but is still messed up. I know DL(17) is a different person and maybe his problems weren't so severe, but they basically corrected most of the same problem with *18 months* of braces. Just braces, no other contraptions. Technology is amazing.
They've been pretty positive in recent years that he's done and won't need surgery. But... This is just playing telephone and what he tells us. So I was a little stressed about that phone message.
In the end, he was cleared re: no more braces and no surgery necessary. Yay! Also, no wisdom teeth concerns (yet).
MM(19) has other issues and will need surgery. I am just relieved it's not going to be surgery x2.
We should probably set some money aside for that, or for DL's wisdom teeth. I am making a note to ponder this re: end-of-year cash gifts. This is my takeaway from the stress I felt re: potentially paying for more braces or getting another wisdom tooth surprise.
Edit: This was just a text because MH went out of town after the appointment. When he got home he told me the pictures of the changes in DL's mouth were just unreal. He was really impressed.