March 29, 2007

That's just wonderful.

Over the course of the time that Jonathan has had braces, he's had to have several baby teeth pulled in order to make room for the braces or his other teeth, and now we're going to have to take him in to an oral surgeon so that one of the permanent teeth that was under one of the baby teeth can be "exposed," hitched to a mule, and dragged down into position.

There is much to be said for learning to smile in such a way as to hide your ugly lumpen misshapen teeth. Then again, were that to happen, it would be terribly difficult for the orthodontist to be able to afford his lake house.


Posted by Terry Oglesby at March 29, 2007 01:03 PM

Who knew smiles could be so expensive? At least dumb looks are still cheap.

That tooth-pullin' may end up costing a pretty penny too. I'm sure Miss Reba would love the idea of training him to smile a particular way in order to hide his lumpen teeth.
[You'd get the standard eye roll, followed by slight side-to-side head nod, exhale of breath through nose, pause in breathing as if she might say something but thinks better of it, then somewhat louder exhale through mouth as she walks away wondering how someone can be so cheap. Not that I ever get those ;) I think it's included in the wife manual, but they'll never admit to it.]

Posted by: Marc V at March 29, 2007 02:04 PM

The Husband's Manual says you should skip making light of it or suggesting that he has other fine qualities that could cover a multitude of crooked teeth.

Posted by: Terry Oglesby at March 29, 2007 02:10 PM

A friend of mine grew up on a farm north of here. She was the "afterthought" of a large family, and by the time she came around, funds were scarce. One of her top front permanent teeth came in sort of sideways.

Her mother insisted that everytime Lynn sat down, she would put a finger on that tooth and apply pressure. Looked a bit strange, but the tooth straightened out beautifully without expensive orthodontic visits.

I suppose having Jonathan sit there with a pliers in his mouth, pulling down on the tooth is out of the question.

Posted by: Diane at March 29, 2007 02:35 PM

As long as I can figure out a way for him to do it without telling his mother.

Posted by: Terry Oglesby at March 29, 2007 03:01 PM