Brace Face

Mimi has literally been waiting years to get braces.It didn’t matter that she had watched her big sister deal with the pain that comes with tightenings  and not being able to eat so many favorite foods for nearly three years.  In fact, if anything, that made the thought of having braces even more attractive.  As little sisters tend to do, Mimi has always wanted to be exactly like her older sister. 

Much to Mimi’s joy, the orthodontist agreed with her assessment that she was indeed a candidate for braces…only she had to wait for some baby teeth to fall out.  Little did Mimi know that those stubborn teeth had planned on staying firmly in place for a very long time.  braceface2techs

At our last visit to the dentist, she mentioned that Mimi had to be very careful to floss (we call her the Floss Nazi but that’s a different story) as she had all of her grown-up teeth now.  Mimi was in shock! She hadn’t realized that all of her baby teeth were gone. 

Before I had a chance to get my jacket off when we got home, Mimi had the phone and the number ready for me to make that orthodontist appointment.  She couldn’t wait to get braces!

As the big day got closer and closer, Mimi got more and more excited.  She started counting down the hours and consulting with her friends about what color of rubber bands she should get.  On the morning of the Big Day, she leaped out of bed and was ready to go right away. 

It wasn’t until we started walking into the office that my little girl got a little nervous.  Just a teeny tiny bit nervous.  This was after all, the day she had been waiting years for. 


Our tech got right to work in a very friendly and professional way.  Mimi made a LOT of use of what she considered to be the most important piece of equipment…the mirror.

When the braces were all in place, Mimi couldn’t WAIT to get school and show off her new look.  (Such a strange child, obviously she takes after her father.)  By the time Mimi got home, she no longer loved her braces.  Everyone had told her how amazing they looked, but…the pain had set in. 

I hated to break the news to her that it was too late to change her mind…


I don’t seem to have a photo of the finished project…but this one is much more fun!

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30 Responses to Brace Face

  1. john?dad says:

    I never ever thought of you as having a mean streak,but that last picture

  2. Susan says:

    Hey! She posed for that picture! Can’t you see her big huge grin??? I’m thinking of framing and hanging it in the hall.

  3. Cheryl says:

    Mine wouldn’t let me take pictures at the orthodontist’s office. I don’t know why. Like Mimi, mine couldn’t wait to get them on. And, for the most part, she loved the braces. Loved changing the colors of the bands. Ate pretty much everything. Go figure. By the end of 2 years, she was ready to have them off. Perfect teeth now. A bit of a lisp, though. We have an appointment coming up.

  4. Jay says:

    That last picture is a classic!

    My neighbor is 22 and she JUST GOT braces. Her parent would never agree to them so she waited until she could do it on her own. That’s some determination there.

  5. Tink says:

    My littlest brother wanted glasses so bad, he faked a bad eye exam. Then he realized he couldn’t see out of the damn things and had to confess that he lied. Kids are weird.

  6. Stephanie says:

    OMG. That last pic. I LOVE that last one. And isn’t that how it is with a lot of things? It’s all good until the pain sets in 🙂

  7. Carol says:

    Hilarious!!! Our orthodontist, Dr. Johannsen, retired a few years ago, but there are so many good ones here.

    All four of mine had braces. Yup — it hurt. ME!


  8. coffespaz says:

    That last picture is terrific! Better save that one for the “fiance”!

    Funny how kids are huh?? I LOVED my braces, even though I didn’t get them until I was in college. So, what color did she choose?

  9. EEE GADS! Is that what we look like when they put that contraption on us? You made me bust out laughing. That’s precious. Mat and frame that and have it out on the mantle when she brings home her first date. 🙂

  10. tommiea says:

    That is hilarious! It definitely should be framed. Did she get pink and red bands to coordinate with Valentines Day?

    I had braces in my early 20s. I was a teacher at the time. It made me look about 15 years old. If I was in a different wing of the building, I would get asked for my hall pass! It was a rough first year teaching until everyone got to know me.

  11. Hilary says:

    That’s hilarious! Bad Mommy! 😉 Good blogger! Cute kidlet. 🙂

  12. Pavel says:

    Wow!!! She actually wanted them??? That’s one tough girl.

    She’s very cute, even in that last picture. (smile)

  13. Susan says:

    Cheryl~she’s looking at me in nearly every picture. That kid just cracks me up.

    Jay~Wow, that is determined!

    Tink~that is tooo funny. Why on earth did he want glasses? (says the girl who got her first pair in first grade)

    Stephanie~yup, that’s how life is.

    Carol~We’ve been pleased with Wagoner. We always see at least one person we know in the waiting room too.

    Coffeespaz~you loved them? Huh…I never had them, but back in my day they were pretty awful. She got three different shades of blue.

    NLL~Isn’t it purty???

    Tommiea~Much to my shock she didn’t. Wha’ts happening to my pink girl??

    Hilary~I know, huh?

    Pavel~I think it’s the latest fashion accessory or something…

  14. mrs darling says:

    Yep my oldest daughter had braces from the age of ten to the age of 16. They were one huge pain.

  15. Peggy says:

    She’s so funny!

    It’ll be a while before she can eat an apple again, poor dear.

  16. TACE says:

    Man that’s so cool, I wanted my husband to take photos the last time I was at the dentist but was too chicken to ask the Dr.
    Like I needed another one of *those* looks from some one.
    I briefly considered just having my husband sneak back and snap some photos but I thought the creepy factor on that one might be a little high.
    It’s really nice your daughter let you take a bunch of photos like that, every one has pics of their kids with pasted on smiles and posed to within an inch of their life, these ones you have are truly unique.

  17. Cheryl says:

    About the dried beef…it’s sold in 3 oz packages near the packaged lunch meat. It’s sliced very thin and looks like dry roast beef. To add it to the other ingredients, you tear it apart. And there you go..dried beef. I’ve never made creamed chipped beef, but you’d use the same stuff.

  18. I would have died had my mother taken pictures of me while at the orthodontist. I HATED having braces. Of course, I had them back in the days when they were made of iron!

  19. Karina says:

    Wow, that last picture is something, I’ll tell you! But like you said, she posed for it, and she knows you’re a blogger, so she had to know! 😉

    I don’t think I’ve ever heard of a kid looking forward to getting braces either, but, what do I know? haha

  20. Newt says:

    Ok, I hated my braces, but I probably would have hated them a little less if I could have done one of the cool colors they come in now. Pink would just be so cool.

  21. Lynn says:

    Great pictures! I’ll keep my eye out for you in the waiting room- both of my girls go to Dr. Wagner. 🙂

  22. Jocelyn says:

    Gawd, she’s a little spitfire, isn’t she? LOVE it.

    I can’t imagine having ever wanted braces. Not having them is the one genetic gift I can count.

  23. Dorky Dad says:

    You need to keep that photo. Then hang it prominently at her graduation party. And again at her wedding. In fact, you should just make a poster of it.

  24. Marla says:

    LOL….love that last photo!

  25. Mrs. G. says:

    I love how excited she was…sort of like she was hitting an important milestone. Wow, she is a fiery little redhead just like my girl. What a beauty…even in that last shot, which made my jaw ache.

  26. Frances says:

    Takes me back tot he day I had mine installed.
    We didn’t have colored rubber bands back then.
    Mine were on for four years – hope hers are off sooner.

  27. giveitatry says:

    My daughter needs braces and the appointment has been scheduled. However, my daughter doesn’t have Mimi’s enthusiasm. Enthusiasm would make the experience much more pleasurable if you ask me!

    Great picture!

  28. This whole thing is making my right eye tic. We have had the experience of putting 4 kids through braces (last 2 finishing up now). I hear about braces and all I can think of is dollar signs that should have been attached to my trip to Tahiti, but instead bought a year at a very expensive private college for my orthodontist’s daughter.

    But hey, at least your redhead is having fun!

  29. Ann says:

    Isn’t it funny the things we look forward to in our youth???? hehe.

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