Braces For A Bug: ODO 196

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Howdy there Oddballs! I’m gonna try my best this week to try and keep things to just a couple topics. Whether that actually happens is anyone’s guess. On that note, we recently had a major trip to the dentist for one of our little monsters, and the outcome is going to get expensive. Also, I’ve got my more in depth review of “The Box Of Oddities.” And in my new “What’s Adam Listening to/ Watching” segement, my wife and I just finished binging the Netflix series, “Bridgerton.”

We Knew This Was Coming

goat with braces

I believe I have mentioned in the past that our boys’ dentist has basically told us that all of them will eventually need braces. Long story short, all of my boys were born with very nice, very straight, very tight, teeth. And it’s that tightness in their baby teeth which is now a major problem. As they have been loosing their baby teeth, there really isn’t much room for their adult teeth to come in, and every single tooth is coming in crooked. And when I say crooked, I mean crooked. Some are overlapping with others, and some are simply getting twisted a full 90 degrees to wedge into what little space they have.

But most recently, we’ve had to deal with Bug losing teeth. Back around October, he actually lost his front two teeth, but even into January, those two teeth hadn’t grown back in. He then had another sore tooth next to them. At this point we went ahead and took him to the dentist to get checked out. It turns out that the previously mentioned crowded teeth were actually keeping the new adult teeth from growing in, and the sore tooth in question was caused by the incoming adult tooth being twisted and coming in crooked.

After removing the sore tooth, the dentist referred us to the orthodontist for a follow-up. Since Charlie was due for a visit anyway, I managed to get them seen together.

That’s about where the good news of it ends…

The orthodontist basically told me that it was time to get both of them started on braces as soon as possible. They are actually going to get a two tiered process that includes a first set of braces to widen the gaps in their teeth for the adult teeth to fill. That is followed by a second set to straighten out the adult teeth after they’ve all come in. Eventually, all four boys will need this process done. But for now, Charlie and Bug will get to see what braces are like.

Charlie will actually be getting his first set in just a few weeks, but Bug had another step before he gets his. Before they could put his braces on, the dentist had to remove five of his baby teeth, to make room. All of them were causing severe crowding and were actually blocking the adult teeth behind them from coming in. But for a seven year old to have five teeth pulled in one morning is a bit much. Of course, in true Bug fashion, when the dentist offered tokens for their prize wall, Bug actually negotiated four extra tokens if he was able to sit through all five extractions. He seriously managed to talk the dentist from two prizes to six, just for sitting through it.

Then the aftercare

If you’ve ever had a dentist pull a tooth, or multiple teeth at once, you know that you can’t really eat anything firmer than mashed potatoes for a good three days. That’s especially true when a little kid has five of his front teeth pulled at one time. Little man was eating ramen, pudding, and pediasure for almost a week. It got to a point that all of his brothers were jealous that he got ramen instead of pizza for dinner.

“Excuse me! If you want to eat ramen and pudding every day, we can go have five of your teeth yanked out!”

Of course, he tried to milk it for as long as he could. He started to claim that he couldn’t chew dinners that we knew he didn’t like, even though he had just been able to eat something much tougher the night before. But once we called him on his bluff, he settled in to his new, less toothy, grin. And in a few months he will be getting his first set of braces to match his big brother.

-Promos and Shoutouts-


Recommended Listening

The Box Of Oddities

Full Review

The Good

  • Excellent Sound Quality
  • Highly Informative
  • Well Researched
  • Wide Variety of Topics
  • Twice Weekly Releases
  • Bumpers Don’t Get Stale
  • Great Chemistry
  • Authenticity- No Phonies
  • Damn Funny
  • Not Above Self-Deprecation

The Bad

  • Stories Can Get Graphic
  • Ad Breaks Can Get Pretty Long
  • Can Veer Into the Political

The Verdict

Four Stars

After I was introduced to the Box of Oddities, it quickly became one of my regular “must listen” podcasts. It’s been well established on my own podcast that I love weird stuff, and this show scratches that “weird shit” itch very thoroughly.

Of course, no show is perfect. And no show is for everyone. But also, the subject matter variety in The Box of Oddities is suited to only a certain niche of people. I happen to be that kind of person, but I can also see where it could be very off-putting for some people. The listener base for this show is a bit more narrow than most, but if you are at all the kind of person that appreciates the strange and unusual, you absolutely need to open the lid and peer inside “The Box of Oddities.”

What Am I Watching?


By Source (WP:NFCC#4), Fair use,

Bridgerton is a Netflix period drama series created by Chris Van Dusen and produced by Shonda Rhimes. It is based on Julia Quinn’s novels set in the competitive world of Regency era London. The drama centers on the Bridgerton family: Violet, Dowager Viscountess Bridgerton; her four sons, Anthony, Benedict, Colin and Gregory and her four daughters, Daphne, Eloise, Francesca and Hyacinth. Each episode is narrated by actress Julie Andrews, voicing the anonymous gossip columnist known as Lady Whistledown.

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