Took Evie to the orthodontist this morning. She definitely has an open bite and tongue thrust, which I knew and have posted about here and here. She also has a narrow smile and a crowded mouth, which I did not know. So, we will get her first orthodontic "device" placed on the back of her lower front teeth near the end of June. It's a little metal spiky thing. I expressed my concerns that the "device" might be a little barbaric and they indicated that no one was ever bloodied by the device and they use it on children all the time without adverse reactions. My relief was evident. A couple months after that they will install a second device on her six year molars (that are still emerging at this point) which will be a spacer along with a metal coil to sit right behind her front two teeth as an added measure to prevent tongue thrust. And, as an added bonus, we get to pay for all of it out of pocket because we don't have orthodontic insurance. Yay us!
On the bright side, I really like our orthodontist and all the staff at his office. It takes the sting out of dumping my money in his pockets.