Roger has had braces for one year and 8 months. I have watched his teeth slowly improve. And, he always has a great smile:
In June he had a supernumerary tooth removed and another tooth that did not plan on coming down (it had no root) at the Institute of Facial Surgery in Bismarck, ND. Here he is before that . . .procedure. Not sure you can really call it a surgery, but he was put in a "twilight."
He will be getting a flipper for that space. It's funny that I only know about flippers from watching that awful reality show, Toddlers and Tiaras. For those not in the know, it's a fake tooth, that can be taken in and out. On Toddlers and Tiaras, moms get them for their daughters to cover up their "unsightly, gapped smiles" while they lose their baby teeth, so that it looks like they have perfect pearly whites. Sigh. Well, this flipper is something Roger actually needs if he doesn't want to look like a jack-o-lantern his whole life. Eventually he will have a permanent implant in that spot. I'm not clear if the flipper will be somewhat permanently fixed -- I hope it is.
In August, Roger had his 5th surgery at Boston Children's Hospital. Dr. Mulliken fixed his nose (again) to repair the damage from when he fell off his bike. Visibly, he had a red bump in his nostril since he fell. Dr. Mulliken also said it was a badly deviated septum. Roger said he can breathe better, although sometimes he says it doesn't seem that much better. And, I'm a little concerned, as I still see the red bump :(
Here he is getting ready for surgery:
And, in recovery. They remarked on his curly blonde locks:
He also had a hole in his palate repaired. You would think that this would require just stitching it up. But, the palate is in layers, so when there is a hole, the surgeon needs to take it apart, like the pages of a book, to repair all the layers. The doctor said he could not find the hole that led to the nasal cavity, as it may have been just a pin hole. The good thing is, Roger has noticed improvement right away and says he is no longer leaking.
Here is an extreme close-up of the repaired palate. The packing was just taken out of his nose here, so ignore the crustiness.
This was a relatively minor surgery, and he was back to normal quite quickly. A week after we got back, school started. He is on a soft foods diet for 6 weeks, so I have been making him a cold lunch of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.