We went to the orthodontist and he sat us down in front of the computer to look at Evan4’s x-rays.
“He has a “royal jaw”,” said the orthodontist.
I looked at him, thinking, ‘you’d better not say the Hapsburgs’. I’ve seen those portraits and they’re not pretty.
“The Hapsburg family had jaws very similar in construction to Evan4’s,” he went on. “The lower jaw comes out in front of the upper jaw.”
‘Shit!’ I thought.
For those of you unfamiliar with European history, here’s a post I found with a family tree and a few pictures. Click on the link saying “full story” at the bottom of the initial blurb to get the info.
Not that I’m suggesting that Evan4 is going to be on a par with the unfortunate Charles II of Spain, but clearly something has to be done about his mouth.
There’s good news short term and bad news long term.
The good news is that we need do nothing for the next 3 years or so. We could spend time and money on braces but it would all be for nought because of the jaw surgery he’ll have to have when he’s 17.
That’s the bad news.
He’ll need to have braces moving his teeth into position for after the surgery for about a year before the operation. Then braces afterwards to lock them in place.
“You’ll have to braces for a while before we operate. It won’t make your mouth look good during that time,” he said to Evan4. “But after the surgery it will all make sense and it will shorten the time you’ll need to spend on braces afterwards.”
So basically he’ll have braces for about a year or so when he’s 16, then an operation and then a different set of braces for about a year afterwards. (While going through year 12 and uni, most likely. What a prospect!)
I asked about the costs, based on current prices. On ballpark figures, the surgery will be about 6K, some paid for by Medicare. The braces will be about the same amount. Tony has the boys listed on his health insurance, so I’m guessing that he will have to pay for the operation. I can’t afford health insurance, but I do have extras cover (for things like braces and glasses for my sickly buck-toothed brood) so I’ll be up for the braces.
I rang my parents when I got home and told them. Mum said that it probably comes from her side of the family. A cousin had the same operation when she was in her late teens (Mum said it was very painful but I haven’t told him that and neither will she) and Mum said that it was good that she had it because “she’s a beautiful girl now and she probably wouldn’t have been otherwise.”
So maybe Evan4 will turn into a beautiful girl at the end of all this. Won’t that be something to look forward to!