After 2 absolutely miserable days, we took Daughter back to the orthodontist today to discuss other options for treatment than the rapid palatal expander. In just 48 hours I had watched my normally happy, sunshiny, bubbly daughter turn into a shell of herself, a slobbering, incomprehensible, teary child who could not eat or even swallow. Something had to be done. The orthodontist was very understanding, and said that while the RPE is his first choice of treatment for her, he is equally satisfied with taking it out and pulling four teeth (two on top, two on bottom) to make more room to align all the others. She was all for it - which means it must have really been terrible for her to choose having teeth pulled over having that contraption in her mouth! So he took it out. And my happy, sunshiny, bubbly daughter returned. She ate a normal dinner, she sounds like herself again, and all is well. She still has her braces and will still wear them the same amount of time and have the same results, sans those four teeth.
Sometimes as a parent these decisions are hard to make. Looking back, I wish I had researched it more before we had it put on, but I actually had no idea she would have that hard a time with it. And while I'm sure the RPE is the best course of treatment for many kiddos, it was not for mine. I feel like we made the best decision for her today. I can go to bed feeling good about it.
And so can she.
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