jackson's first phase of a perfect american mouth started yesterday. here are some shots of my brave little dude at the practice of Drs. Mantzikos & Shamus. The place looks more like sickbay on a federation starship than a typical office d'tooth. it's even got an echo chamber, and giant windows that would offer a great view of outer space if we weren't just off of main street in armonk ny.
step one is a palate expander, followed by some wear-at-home headgear. the headgear will last about 6 months, and the palate expander will last about 18 months, and then it's time for some regular braces and a then a couple of lateral incisors.
here's a picture of a palate expander. every other day we get to turn a crank (see the arrows in the center?) and expand his teeth and the roof of his mouth. "hey, torquemada, whaddaya say? i just got back from the auto-da-fé. auto-da-fé, what's an auto-da-fé? it's what you oughtn't to do but you do anyway. skit skat voodely vat tootin de day"