Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Big Day!

It's hard to believe my kids are getting to the point that they need braces. But it's true. Today our Graci Kate endures that annoying but necessary rite of passage. She is excited to get her teeth straightened, but is understandably nervous about having her smile held hostage for the next two years. For the past week she has been particularly vocal about her objections to the process and has complained quite a bit about the pain and inconvenience of it all. Last night after a round of her comments, I shot back "Fine, Grace. If you don't want braces, let's call and cancel. Believe me, I would LOVE to save $3,000!" The boys were shocked at the amount braces would cost. Ever the scholars, they quickly calculated a figure I had never before contemplated: "Wow, Dad! It's going to cost you $24,000 to give all of us braces!"

Thanks, guys. I'll sleep better tonight knowing that I have to choose between a beautiful smile for you and a down payment on a home that would actually fit us:)



  1. She still looks beautiful! I love her colorful bands!

  2. As beautiful as ever!! I have one on year 3 and one that just finished! Don't forget to calculate removal of wisdom teeth when you doing the finances! ;o/

  3. Wow, Graci! Guess what - Alissa is getting braces on Thursday, so you'll be twins for a while!! Maybe you can talk your mom into a Jamba Juice - you are going to need something soft and yummy for a few days (and for a day or two every month for the next couple years, although the tightenings aren't as bad as getting your braces on). :)

    Jer and Christi -
    Speaking of the cost of beautiful smiles, isn't it nice to know that you are helping your orthodontist to provide you not only with straight teeth, but also with glimmering marble countertops and beautiful flooring during your monthly visits?

  4. Hey Graci - yeah - we have three down and three pending - but you are a beautiful as ever - braces or not!!

    And to think that you got your braces on New Years Eve for the Year of the Rabbit - Gung Hey Fat Choy! (except of course I can't spell!)

    hugs around and love to all - aus and co.

  5. Gracie you and your smile are still beautiful. The final result will not be a beautiful smile but a STUNNING smile.
    Our Angela is eaching the end of her braces experience, we call this her $6000 smile - my insurance paid half...

    Mom to 2 China darlings

  6. not to mention the fact that the cost of braces may well increase over the years. . . :) And then there are always those fine children who decide to NOT wear their retainers. . . and aditional orthodontic work is required- because the teeth continue to move. Ask cameron. But graci certainly is beautiful.

  7. Perfect post, I just got braces last month but I love how people look with braces. When I first got my braces my mouth just started salivating so much.


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