Mirah Gets A Retainer

After going to our first orthodontist appointment we thought there was no way that the next guy could be any better…seriously. I was like, “well, I will keep the appointment just to see if this person has a different plan to consider. But then we got there, and we were impressed from the moment we walked in. They had won Best Orthodontics in Utah Valley 4 out of the last 5 years!

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It was also a very kid forward kind of place. They had this fun sign up:

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The Farah on the board was actually a girl in Mirah’s class! She was actually in the office when we were there. Mirah was feeling pretty nervous. This made Mirah feel loads better.

Mirah went back and did X-rays. Then we were called back and Dr. Garf got right to work.

Mirah’s Images. I am SO glad I took this picture. We have pulled it up almost every day when talking to Mirah about her teeth and what we will be doing as far as her dental work.


Dr. Garf showed us how her teeth were mostly lined up, like cars into little parking spaces. There is a little bit of crowding down on the bottom that will mostly be resolved as her jaw gets bigger, as she gets older. BUT you can see on the upper left there, we have SIGNIFICANT crowding, and we have braces in our future. He took a conservative long term aproach, don’t pull any more teeth for now, and then push that top tooth out for about a month to prevent chipping after a fall or something. He was very professional, very experienced, and really great with Mirah.

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I really loved the office, and I was so won over by his presentation that we decided to just move forward that day and get her fitted for a retainer. The only real strike against them that day…they had golf on the TV. 🙂

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Here she is, nervous and excited…

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The took a whole huge set of images of her that day.

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Then came the close up picture of her teeth, and they were hilarious. They really wanted us to pull on her face to get the images that they needed.

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Mirah was in good spirits but admitted that her face was sore.

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More waiting.


While they got the mold ready, they had her pick what her retainer would look like. She picked: Glow Pink, with Glitter Multi, and Heart 1 sticker.

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Then they had her bite the molding clay. They had lots of flavors options for the clay. From the many including watermelon, bubble gum, and cherry and loads of others she chose Pina Colada.

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That was Monday, and now it’s Wednesday and Mirah was SUPER anxious. WE did an office waiting room activity while we waited.

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I thought she was looking at the fish while we waited for the assistants to bring her the retainer. But she was ALL eyes on that retainer.

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Pink glow with multi sparkles and heart 1, just like she ordered.

She seemed happy with it.



Dr. Garf came over after she tried it on, and helped grind it down so it fit just right.

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Focused and SUPER nervous and scared.

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Getting her first look:

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Love this brave girl.


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