What to Expect at your Orthodontic Consultation

Monday, April 18, 2016


Today I went into my Orthodontic Consultation, and I was surprised in a good way. Let's me start with a back story.

I had braces when I was in middle school and high school, but they had to be taken out before time, and not only did I never finish the braces, I lost my retainer in the process. My wisdom teeth started coming out, and they came out totally wrong. They weren't growing out, they were pushing against the teeth and I had to get them removed. It was horrible. Now, at 29 years old, I'm getting braces again to fix everything that went wrong the first time.

I originally went in to get Invisalign aligners.  Because I have a slight overbite, it wasn't going to benefit me. I was then shown ceramic and metal braces. The ceramic is almost clear and will go on the top, and the traditional braces will go on the bottom. This way is actually cheaper by almost half than the Invisalign aligners.

So, at my appointment, I walked into Columbia Dental, and started filling out all the paperwork... so much of it, but it was expected. I waited a few minutes, and they called me back. The hygienist checked my teeth out and then the ortho came in. 

My gums were still puffy from the cleaning I had a couple days prior, and of course the ortho was pressing down, and doing all these things that made me want to scream. I'm pretty sure in any other circumstances I wouldn't have been in so much pain. The cleaning was hardcore, and she didn't go easy on me.

The ortho then explained that we can do Invisalign aligners, but it wont fix my overbite, and it wont take as long if I do the metal/ceramic braces.

So, with that said I choose the metal and ceramic braces.

Price tag:  

The price of the braces will total $4500, while the Invisalign aligners would have cost $7200. I will be making a down payment of $1,000, while on contract to pay a certain amount every month.

It may take 12 to 18 months to complete the whole process. 


I will express to them to tighten those wires as tight as humanly possible, I honestly just want this process to be over with. I'm hoping the quicker they straighten, the less money it will be.

After braces goals

After my braces come off, I will be doing a gum reduction. As I stated in my last post, I have deep pockets, and they are naturally puffy. Which can lead to a bunch of stuff like Gingivitis.

 

19 comments :

  1. Man, I had a brace when I was younger it was brutal. I had the metal track brace (not certain if its known by a different name in the states) the first night was an absolute killer, so I know you want yours tight and it will be! In the UK we get braces free up to 16-18 and I'm glad I did it then but like if I have a problem or something that I don't like I'm quite prepared to pay for it.

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  2. Awwws, you will have to go through the discomfort especially in the beginning and painfully shell out 4K+ BUT it will be worth it. :) Go for it!

    http://www.amazinglifedaily.com

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  3. In the UK, we're very fortunate that we can get braces through the NHS. So, for $4500, I hope your orthodontic journey leaves your with the teeth you love this time round.

    Rosie | www.rosieromance.com

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  4. I absolutely hate dentists. I know it's a necessary evil, but all that pain... I would like to have straight teeth but I can't go though all this pain. I actually have a friend that has chosen braces at 27 years old. After a year, her teeth are simply perfect.

    www.theworldinmypocket.co.uk

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  5. Hated visits to dentist when was younger becuse of braces!!!! But now I thanked them even though the pain was horrible. The younger you get them the better and faster the nightmare ends.

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  6. My brothers had braces and they didn't like the whole looonnggg process! I'm told at some point my kids will need braces (because they have smaller mouths than normal)... I was very fortunate to not need braces growing up!

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  7. HOLD ON. You got me at the price. Over 5000 dollars? Geeze. Well, let's hope you feel like it's worth it!

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  8. I got the expensive Invisalign braces and they were great but they were hella expensive. This will be a great insight into how the normal braces will feel, hope to read more and good luck.

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  9. I hope you get the results you want. It may be difficult and painful, but if it makes you happier, then just be patient. I used to have some issues with my teeth and I visited an orthodontist when I was 14 and fixed some of my issues, but without braces. My teeth are not perfect, but I can't really afford many changes. So, I take care only of the absolutely necessary things, concerning health issues.

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  10. I love the way traditional braces look on a good smile so I think that is great that you got them I have never had braces but I have heard they hurt for the first while. Good luck and hopefully this time will stick!

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  11. I never had to get braces as a child and I have only needed a retainer as an adult for problems with my jaw but I have seen so many amazing transformations with braces. I'm sure at the end of your time you will have a gorgeous smile.

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  12. Traditional braces are better because they correct more things! It can be pretty painful thou! Just think in the results , how gorgeous your smile will be!

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  13. I had braces and just got them off less than a year ago. I also had a palette expander which was in for a couple of years too. Dentistry is amazing in how it can shape your mouth and smile. Thank goodness for insurance plans!

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  14. If ever in my control I would never ever visit dentists. Thinking about visiting dentists gives me a shiver and reading through your blog its going to be hard experience before you completely get through it. wish its all over soon.

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  15. I am the same I had braces when I was 13 but I was too young to deal with the responsibility and kept forgetting to put the retainers in. I regret that to this day and wish I could afford to straighten them again!

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  16. I should of had braces when I was young, but my Mom couldn't afford them. Now, I need dentures but I don't have the money for them. Around here, the best payment plan I can come up with is everything paid for in 3 payments, in a 3 month time frame. Unfortunately, I can't come up with almost $1500 a month for 3 months, so I am having to save up. Best wishes with your orthodontic work.

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  17. That's a lot of money to cause you discomfort and pain, but I'm sure it's worth it :)

    Good for us, we have a sis-in-law who is a dentist, so it spares us the labor cost, haha! - Sonnie

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  18. Omg I got braces when I started high school! It was a little uncomfortable at first especially in every adjustment but it'll be fine. I got them off a few months ago and it was all worth it!!

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  19. Omg I got braces when I started high school! It was a little uncomfortable at first especially in every adjustment but it'll be fine. I got them off a few months ago and it was all worth it!!

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