Orthodontics Front Face Mask Photos: Growing Up Isn’t Easy!

Ugh!!! It’s been a long 7 months, but just the other day we got the FANTASTIC news from the orthodontist that Kenzie’s jaw issues have been resolved and corrected which meant that she could FINALLY stop wearing the dreaded Face Mask contraption at night. Hooray!!!!  Below is some info on our experience if you have a child with orthodontic issues like a severe underbite and/or cross bite.  If you are wondering what the heck we are even talking about…. check out our Orthodontics Front Face Mask Photo below to see how Kenzie’s been sleeping every night since last October 1st. Yuck right? Growing up isn’t easy! This thing was no joyride!  And don’t worry, this isn’t something the doctor EVER has your child wear to school. Luckily, for us, we were able to do it with about 10-11+ hrs per day by wearing it only at bedtime.

Orthodontics Front Face Mask Photos

Here is Kenzie at the beginning of her journey when she first got the Face Mask.

And don’t worry, this isn’t something the doctor EVER has your child wear to school. Luckily, for us, we were able to do it with about 10-11+ hrs per day by wearing it only at bedtime.

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Reasons for Orthodontics Front Face Mask

Kenzie had both a severe underbite and severe cross bite. Apparently this can be a really serious issue if it is NOT fixed. From the time Kenzie first went to the dentist at ages 3, her pediatric dentist was telling me her bite was an issue that we’d need to handle early in the hopes of preventing surgery. In order to prevent the need of jaw surgery later in life, according to our pediatric dentist and orthodontist, these concerns MUST be addressed before children stop growing and when the bones in their jaw and palette are not yet somehow fully fused together and instead are more flexible and responsive to orthodontic treatment – like the face mask. After 4 months of the Face Mask, Kenzie also got a very small set of top braces (she is missing a lot of top teeth!) but the idea was the braces with springs would work in tandem with her face mask to correct her jaw issue.

We loved how her jaw looked physically, but apparently mechanically this is a major issue that would haunt you later in life if not resolved. We are thrilled it worked in only 7 months of treatment as it was a bear to wear!

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About Colleen Padilla

Colleen Padilla, the founder and editor of ClassyMommy.com lives in the Philly suburbs and is a full time mom for her 2 children, Mackenzie (7) and Kyle (5). Colleen and the Classy Mommy website have been featured on Fox News, Good Morning America, The New York Times, Parenting Magazine, The New York Post, local Philadelphia ABC, CBS, and NBC programs. Colleen has appeared in a TV special about Alpha Moms on South Korea’s NBC affiliate SBS. She also co-authored The Digital Mom Handbook (HarperCollins).

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