Saturday, January 03, 2009

The Hannibal Lecter Look



Yeah, I don't know who was unhappier. Kendrie at having to wear this god-awful contraption, or Blaine and me at having to pay for it. Couldn't we have accomplished the same thing with some rubber bands and creatively bended paperclips???

48 comments:

Claire said...

Oh poor Kendrie. I had to wear "headgear" when I had braces YEARS ago, but I don't think it was as much of a contraption as that thing. This too shall pass...as they say. but in the meantime, we will think of her!

karen said...

what is that thing designed to do?

mom25in5 said...

Oh my gosh...and I thought the thing I had to wear was horrible! Fortunately mine was only at bed...tell me hers is too!!

Anonymous said...

OMG. That poor baby. I really hope she does not have to wear that thing all day. WTH? My DD's teeth were pretty bad and she didn't have to wear anything like that. Does her orthodontist moonlight in the medieval torture field, lol?

RSMDianne said...

Oh my gosh, I've never seen that before, and we are on #3 out of 4 kids with braces! I should show this sad sad picture to my son who is complaining about the rubber bands he is supposed to wear.

Hang in there Kendrie. I think an extra scoop or two of ice cream is in order.

Frozen Star said...

I think Kendrie is definitely the most unhappy. Those things hurt!

Kelly said...

Oh Poor Kendrie!!!

Kelly said...

Oh Poor Kendrie!!!

Anonymous said...

Oh god, memories...I had to wear one of those things when I was eleven, to pull my jaw forward. I totally didn't wear it like I was supposed to-- that sucker hurt.
Poor Kendrie.

Dina

Leeann said...

Holy Hell, I thought they were bad when I had to wear one back in the day but that is the worst looking thing I have ever SEEN!! They've practically made it into a goalie mask!!

Hugs, Kendrie!

Donna said...

Poor Kendrie!!!! While the bands have gotten better, headgear appears to have taken a turn for the worse! Mine was just a single wire that hooked into the bands on my top molars. Secured by a maxipad behind my neck. I tried to wear it outside in the winter when everybody else was sledding and the thing conducted the cold straight to the nerves on my back teeth. I went in crying. That thing sucked!

Anonymous said...

Oh No! My sister had to wear one of those at about the same age. Bless her heart! At least she only wears it at home....right???

Meg from GA

Anonymous said...

I had to wear head gear & was supposed to wear it 16 hours a day. I should have worn it when ever I was home, but never wore it. So, I ended up with braces for 4 years. Looking back, I could have probably gotten the braces off sooner if I had worn the head gear.

Rachel
in Grand Forks, ND

Stephanie from Portland said...

Yikes!! That thing is awful!!! What I can't figure out is why we can put a man on the moon, transplant a lung from one person to another and create a car that parallel parks itself but no one can figure out a way to straighten a child's teeth without turning them into a radio transmitter that can pick up station signals from South Korea or Bora Bora. Kendrie, if I were you, I'd stage an old fashion sit-in until the dentist comes to his senses and takes this thing off :)

Jacqueline said...

Poor Kendrie! I hope she only has to wear that at home. You would think technology had advanced enough that things like this wouldn't even exist.

Marisa said...

Oh my!! Poor Kendrie! The results of wearing this will out weigh the torture now. Well, at least that is what you can tell her!!

Pam D said...

Wow. That bites (so to speak). I'm so sorry, Kendrie...

Sandy Humphrey said...

I've actually never seen a contraption like that, but it reminded me of my braces many eons ago. I wore them for 12 (yes 12) years and, since they didn't pull any teeth way back then, there was no place for my front teeth to move, so the braces didn't accomplish anything.
Thanks for reading my book Hot Issues, Cool Choices!
My best to Kendrie!
Sandy Humphrey

Karalyn said...

OMG couldn't they have improved on those things in the past 25 years? Yeah, I had to wear one of those many years ago. And no, I rarely did. And don't tell Kendrie but every time I went back to the orthodontist he said "wow, I can really tell you're wearing your headgear."
Poor Kendrie (((hugs)))

Alisa said...

Like it wasn't bad enough she had to go through all that chemo? Geesh, can the girl catch a break?
Would she believe us if we all said she looks pretty cool and this could be the new fashion?

Beverly said...

Poor Kendrie! That contraption is horrible! I hope she only has to wear it to bed...horrible to be in pain and embarressed!

Our middle son was threatened with the head-wear when he had braces...somehow the good dr. forgot about it! (And David's teeth are now nice and straight!) Thank goodness!

URBAN BLONDE said...

Yikes! Did you guys spring for the super deluxe version??

Poor Kendrie! Hope she doesn't have to sleep in that.

lala said...

that sucks.

The Professional Bag Lady said...

Yikes! I haven't seen such a whirlygigamagig since Rube Goldberg. Hope in fact - if I was Kendrie I'd think about calling Social Services! :)

Oh well - maybe they are trying some reverse psychology - they're giving her the worst case scenario first... and then they'll lighten up!

Happy New Year!
Sherrill

Anonymous said...

Poor, poor baby Kendrie!
Don't you dare think you are in more pain than that sweet young
thing.....she looks so miserable!

Mine are getting their wisdom teeth pulled this week so the thousands spent on headgear, rubber bands and metal mouths is
not for naught!

She deserves a new gameboy game.

Just a thought.....

Lynie Aloha OR

jean said...

Oh, poor Kendrie! I hope she only has to wear it at night... I think she DEFINITELY got the bad end of this deal.

Anonymous said...

I think the dentist took the saying on Kendrie's shirt to heart, and gave her "more of a challenge"!!! Poor baby, she needs a shirt that says "Be nice to me...I've had a ROUGH LIFE"!
Blessing to your family for the New Year!
~Debbie~
Hoover, AL

Monica H said...

She is going to kill you when she realizes you've posted this picture of her! Poor thing! I had to wear a headgear at nights too, snd it sucked. Not that it makes it any better, but it's easier if you wear your hair in a pony tail and feed it through the back.

Good luck Kendrie!

Anonymous said...

And I thought wearing a frankel was bad. That thing is obscene! Why don't they just break her whole head and put it in a cast? That would be less cruel. Please tell me she doesn't have to wear that in public...only at night, right?

momto2boys said...

Wow...I had to wear head gear, but it wasn't like that. I hope she only has to wear it at night. Either way, my heart goes out to her...I'm not having fond memories.

Mom2Toribug said...

Poor Kendrie!! Ya'll be extra nice to the poor child and to the person who said something about putting her hair in a ponytail and threading it through must not know her very well. I don't think she will wear ponytails will she? Hopefully she won't have to wear this thing too long!!!!

Katie said...

How nice to see that the science of orthodontia has made absolutely ZERO NO NIL NONE ZIP progress since I was her age over 30 years ago!! Poor Kendrie.

krueth said...

Oh Poor girl. Brings back memories of my daughter and all her appliances that she had to have cememted in and all the "junk" we had to put her through, along with the payments on it all. Ugh!

Lisa said...

Hi Just a long time lurker here. My son had to wear that exact same head/face gear for one whole year 24/7. He wore it every day all day and he is now 19 and needs braces again! I hope Kendrie has a better outcome.

Anonymous said...

WTF

Anonymous said...

Are you kiddin' me! Those are aweful...pure torture. I hope for Kendrie "phase one" is fast and for you, cheap. Surely with the lack of technological improvements over the past 3 decades, they should not be able to charge much for that! Yeah right, I know. Which reminds me, I totally forgot to pay our monthly bill today...oops!

Hang trough, Kendrie!

xoKim and all

Anonymous said...

My daughter had to have her jaw pulled forward but she had an appliance (a Herbst appliance) attached to the inside of her mouth - since it was glued in she, of course, had to wear it 24-7 for about a year. It really, really hurt and I know she wouldn't ever do it again it she had to. I hope Kendrie only wears hers at night in the house. These poor kids - I think I like my crooked teeth. ha! Carrie Robinson in Milwaukee.

Natalie said...

Good grief. Yep, this goes a million times beyond the headgear of the 70s!

melinda marie said...

beauty is pain, sweet kendrie. beauty is pain! i like to say that i have a "jaguar" mouth because i could buy a deluxe car with the money spent on two sets of braces and oral surgery! but now i have a beautiful smile and it's all worth it. i'm thankful for my parents contributions and for insurance to cover the surgery!

how long does she have to wear her new hardware?

melinda

Anonymous said...

I'm hoping this is only at night?

Anonymous said...

I had to wear a reverse headgear as an adult. Mine was more of a par that went up and down in the middle of my face with a horizontal post at my mouth with rubber bands going back to my molars. The pain was in my chin from the base of the headgear pressing all night. I ended up making a special pillow with a hole in the center so that I could sleep.

It was worth it, though it did not seem like it at the time.

Hang in there, kid!

Anonymous said...

I had to wear a reverse headgear as an adult. Mine was more of a bar that went up and down in the middle of my face with a horizontal post at my mouth with rubber bands going back to my molars. The pain was in my chin from the base of the headgear pressing all night. I ended up making a special pillow with a hole in the center so that I could sleep.

It was worth it, though it did not seem like it at the time.

Hang in there, kid!

Amy said...

Hasn't the child endured enough in her life?! And you, Mom, have to add to the humiliation by putting it on your blog for hundreds (thousands?) of people to see!

(Heeheehee -- I would have blogged about it too!)

Anonymous said...

Oh my hell, is there a clear plastic mask on that thing that I am barely making out??? Oh dear Lord, the claustrophobic in me is screaming...

Rita

Sandie said...

Okay, I am only laughing because I had forgotten all about headgear! I had a friend in grade school who slept over and I was honestly shocked and horrified when she pulled THAT baby out to put on at night. I am now pausing to remember how great her teeth look.. and Kendries will too (poor thing!)

ReRe said...

i didn't even know they still made head gear!!!

Winkin1 said...

Oh my. I had to wear a reverse headgear as well. Fat lot of good it did, too. The whole thing was this effort to fix an underbite without surgery. And, of course, I had surgery anyway. And, while that was tough, it was much faster and more effective that the years of braces, headgear, and appliances that I went through first. Also, the great thing about this kind of headgear is that if you don't put something between your skin and the plastic you will likely get pimples! Great! I found a folded up Kleenex worked great for the chin!

Tell her to hang in there...

L said...

I had the dreaded expander followed by 7.5 years of braces. But I realized how lucky I was the moment I saw what Kendrie has to wear. Poor girl!!