As a mom to four kids ages 5 to15, I’ve already been through braces, retainers, oral surgery and a MOUTH CRANK with my kids. Yes, a mouth crank is a thing. It’s called an expander and devoted mothers crank it a quarter turn each night in order to open up space in the top of kids’ mouths before the braces go on. The things we do for love, right?
Braces and other orthodontia are an expensive investment. It’s not a lot of fun but it costs a lot of money, so make the best of it with these 10 tips after the jump. Your kids will thank you! (Actually, they won’t–that’s #10.)