She's had it in since she got the braces, but it wasn't her first time with the expander. She had one when she was 7 years old for the first phase of teeth straightening.
With the expander off, they put more brackets put on those now-empty back molars for the next phase of teeth straightening. I don't totally understand the whole process, but it's not really her teeth that aren't straight. Had you seen her before she got braces, you would have seen that her teeth were perfectly straight.
It's about the bite, which I wasn't particularly concerned with either, except the orthodontist pointed out her top teeth were tipping back into her bottom teeth pushing them out through her gums.
Because they widened her palate, it created space between some of her teeth. Her top teeth and bottom teeth don't line up, so they have to pull them over. They are also tweaking some other part of her mouth and she has rubber bands for the first time (they are attach the top and bottom of the teeth and pull over and down). She has to take them off to eat and brush her teeth. So where I'm going with this whole explanation is this morning the girl is in a lot of pain. Probably more than she's been since she got her braces on.
Plus today I made an appointment for her to take a mock driver's test. The only time they had was 1:00pm. Although I hated getting her out of school for it, it's just one of those things that if I want to get it done in a timely manner, I have to just take what I can get.
So here we are this morning. This is a child who is not hungry first thing in the morning, but because I insist she have something in her stomach, she will have a piece of toast or zucchini or banana bread if it's available. As she was putting on her makeup, I asked her what she'd like for breakfast.
She looked at me with a pained expression (as in she was in physical pain) and said,"Nothing, I can't chew anything." Motherly sympathies went through my head, "I would hate being in school and not being able to eat anything all day. I am getting her out early anyway. They have an adjusted class schedule today due to an advisory period. Advisory periods are a waste of time; I know after four years of experience with my older daughter and for some reason they haven't gotten any better. I should just keep her home."
So I did. The pain will subside after a day or so and she'll be back on track. In the mean time, brace yourself, she's hitting the road today.