Jacob and Elijah Shaddox are brothers. Jacob is 21 years old and just moved into an apartment with his girlfriend. He graduated from a technical college with an Associate's degree in Computer Maintenance. He works for a school district as a computer technician. Elijah is almost 18 years old. He is hearing impaired, has Tourette Syndrome, OCD and ADHD. He is a junior in high school. Elijah lives with his mom Mary and her wife, his stepmom. Mary has a bachelor's in deaf education and a masters in special education, and is an educational diagnostician. Life is always changing and this blog has chronicled many of these changes and will continue to do so!

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Going to the Orthodontist

Well, tomorrow is the day that I am taking both boys to the orthodontist. I just finally decided it had to be done. I have got to be the MOM and take care of this. Elijah will have two phases of braces most likely. His top pallatte is behind bottom pallette and pushing his bottom front teeth out. We have been able to put it off some due to his slow growth. His dentist had said we had time. He will most likely have to wear head gear to pull that top pallette forward. Later he will need a second set of braces to straighten his teeth. He has a small mouth considering all the teeth he has. I have put this off, due to his anxiety and behavior. I am hoping this goes well tomorrow.

I am not sure how things will go for Jacob. He is almost 14 so it is about the right age for braces. He will hopefully be like most kids and just need the "typical" braces.

I remember wearing braces and it is not a fun experience, especially in the beginning. Tomorrow is just a consultation. Wish me luck!!


  1. Braces time ! My son just had braces two years ago. Good thing he had a good dentist. In Hattiesburg ms, I remember we visited there for 6 months for two years. He said having braces was fun. He could even change designs during retainer days. I just can't forget how good times rolled in Hattiesburg. Dentist-Sunday visit times were one of the best days that we were together. Now he's in college and we only see each other during Spring breaks.

    Your brother reminds me of my eldest son. Thanks so much!

    Oh well. I know that your braces would turn out good. Good Luck!

  2. You are a responsible mom to your sons, and you should be appreciated for being just that! :-) Taking them to the orthodontist is for their own good. I hope wearing braces helped improve the appearance of their teeth. How are you and the boys now? You have a beautiful family.

  3. thanks so much Cody. My boys are doing well. In fact, Jacob just got his braces off about a week ago. he is wearing a retainer now. Thanks for the comments!