orthodontist advice

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I am taking my daughter to the orthodontist for the first time today for an evaluation and consultation. She is 15, almost 16. Her dentist has put it off for several years by saying ďher teeth will straighten up quite a bit on their own; letís wait.Ē He was right. They are tremendously better than they were 6 or so years ago but now the dentist says they are done moving on their own. His thinking was if she did end up in braces, it wouldnít be for as long or as rough on her if we waited until they had done their own thing naturally. S doesnít want braces. I donít know if I can afford them but we do have dental insurance that pay a max of $1000 towards braces in a lifetime. I want her to have every advantage including straight teeth. I donít think I am being vain; she thinks I am. Am I? I guess weíll see what the orthodontist says today.


Any idea of costs of braces these days? I have no clue. Everything I can find online is vague and not reassuring.
It varies a lot according to where you live, how much work needs to be done, and the age of the person. My sister mentioned yesterday that she paid $5,000 each for her two girls. I paid $8,500 for my braces 9 years ago but I was an adult and needed a lot of work.

Nobody wants to wear braces, especially in high school. However, braces aren't just about being vain. Our teeth continue to move and push forward as we get older. If her teeth are a little crooked now, they will only get more crooked as she gets older. By the time she's 30, she could be like I was and be embarrassed to smile. I also had TMJ that got progressively worse, the older I got and the more my teeth moved.

Most orthodontists offer payment plans. If you have a flexible spending program through work, you can use that as well. They usually charge 50% up front and bill the rest monthly over 12-18 months, depending on how long the orthodontist thinks she'll wear her braces.
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Goldencurly, could your daughter get invisilign braces? I did that a few years ago and nobody I worked with even knew I had them on! I also didn't mind the appts for adjustments because it was such a fun, friendly place to go.
I would just get her the braces, for all the reasons mrspoppers said. You're the adult, and the decision is yours. Your daughter will appreciate it later.

I have 2 kids currently in braces. Each is costing $5,000, before insurance. My insurance covered $1,500 of each and the rest I pay on a monthly payment plan. My daughter required significant work, but my son's work is simple. They both cost the same.
Both of my kids are already done with braces and each costs a different price. I only had to put down 10% then made payments (around 125$)
My son's mouth was easy and under 3k and my daughter's was more difficult and cost around 7k for both phases.

She may not want the braces now bit she'll never regret a nice smile later in life.
I had them a few yrs ago and they were somewhere in the range of $5k-6k. (I also had them as a child and they cost $3500).

I'd really have to see how bad her teeth look to say if it was worth the investment. Some ppl look good w/ slightly imperfect teeth IMO.

Maybe just wait til your financial situation is better?
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Well I am in shock. Braces will cost $5,000. Without doing x-rays & impressions, he cannot tell if she'll need extractions or not; she's in a "gray" area with her moderate crowding. Extractions are not included in the 5k. They bill insurance "as we go" so the dental insurance I have will only reimburse me for half of what I pay up to $1,000 or until the insurance is canceled because I have been laid off, which will happen anytime after the beginning of May but might not happen until November.

They do not accept Care Credit. I would have to pay $800 down and then $170/month.

I need to talk to her father. If he would pay half that would be awesome, but I don't see that happening. Ever.

I also am going to talk to a friend of mine and see if I can borrow the whole $5k and just pay it up front so I get the full benefit of the insurance's $1,000 and pay him back over time.

There is a different orthodontist in town that does accept Care Credit. With my Care Credit, everything that I charge does not accumulate any interest or fees as long as I pay each charge off within 9 months. I am also going to call him tomorrow.

I am trying to not cry in front of the kids. It's amazing how something like this can make me feel like a crappy parent because of my financial situation that doesn't have the greatest chance of improving any time soon.
If you pay cash up front, many orthos will give you a 5-10% discount. Feel free to negotiate (with vigor...they're all struggling to stay in business and competition can be stiff in certain areas), and consult with several orthos before making a final decision.
Imo a good orthodontist will not do extractions.

Those are their teeth. Its what they were born with. Do we remove toes so we can fit better in a pair of shoes? I would look into a not having extractions done. I think its completely unnecessary.


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Also, keep mind, its not an absolute health necessity. If you can't afford it, don't send yourself into a panic about it. So you don't do braces now, is it the end of the world?

My parents couldn't afford braces as a kid. Yes I had crooked teeth, but I would've been just as self conscious with braces. I was teenager! In my early 20's I came across a deal with invisalign. I called my parents and they each paid half bc now they could afford it.

I am definately happier with my teeth fixed (they're not perfect, they're teeth), but my teeth didn't cause me turmoil growing up.


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Imo a good orthodontist will not do extractions.

Those are their teeth. Its what they were born with. Do we remove toes so we can fit better in a pair of shoes? I would look into a not having extractions done. I think its completely unnecessary.
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My daughter had her 2nd bicuspids removed for orthodontia, but she had an extreme case of overcrowding. I do agree with you, that extractions should really be a last resort and if an ortho does it in his practice more than rarely, you should find another ortho. If there had been any alternative, I would not have even entertained the idea of extractions.
They probably would've done the same for me had I had braces on childhood. My ortho told me there was a time they would've broken my jaw and given me 24 hour headgear. Lord.

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They probably would've done the same for me had I had braces on childhood. My ortho told me there was a time they would've broken my jaw and given me 24 hour headgear. Lord.
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Perhaps, but my kid couldn't even close her mouth for all the teeth in there...something had to be done now. I couldn't let her wait til adulthood.

Plus...she was missing one of her 2nd bicuspids. Just genetically missing. Not there. The choice was to either pull the other 3 out, or somehow make room in her mess of a mouth to somehow replace the missing tooth.

I had a whole long thread about it a couple years ago. I posted an updated picture on it about a year ago to show her progress. I'll have to do another one when she's finally done, which should be in a few more months. It's been a long journey for her, with lots of ups and down...extractions, frenectomies, gum grafts, wisdom teeth extractions, and now she has something called TADs (temporary anchor devices), which are posts that are implanted perpendicularly in her upper jaw to make an anchor place to be able to shove her upper molars back up into her head a bit so that her lower jaw can rotate upwards and we can get her bite all the way closed without jaw surgery. Some people just have complicated mouths and saying "never" about extractions just isn't going to work for everyone.

Here's my ortho thread. Her pics are on post 77.

Removing teeth for orthodontia - 6/21/12 Progress Update with pictures! POST #77
I remember that thread.

If she was missing teeth, I won't pretend to have the knowledge to yet into that. Thats pretty involved.

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I remember that thread.

If she was missing teeth, I won't pretend to have the knowledge to yet into that. Thats pretty involved.
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Well, if someone is missing a tooth, you have to replace it. Or it will just throw everything off. That would have involved an implant. Trouble was, there was no space for that tooth. She had teeth that couldn't even come down after the babyteeth came out, because there wasn't room for them. There just wasn't enough space to replace a missing tooth. Due to that, and the severe crowding, it just made sense to pull out the corresponding other 3 teeth.

She recently had to have her wisdom teeth out too, because even with the extra space from the pulled teeth, there wasn't enough space for the wisdom teeth that were trying to come through. They became impacted. If we were back in the olden days, she would have been one of those miserable young people with teeth from hell and we'd have been visiting the barber to have them pulled and she'd look like an old hag by 20. Luckily, we're living in modern times, and she can look as beautiful as someone naturally blessed with good teeth. I'm thankful for the miracles of modern dentistry.
A good orthodontist will do what they can to fix the teeth without extractions. They will also recognize when extractions are necessary. I ended up having one small tooth extracted.

Goldencurly, my panoramic x-rays and tooth extraction were covered by insurance because my regular dentist--not my orthodontist--did them.
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Don't feel bad ! It is a tough decision !
My dd ( who will be 18 this summer) will be finally getting her braces off after 4.5 years. She had a too narrow upper jaw which had to be expanded with a palatal &, had to have about 8 extractions ( slow to lose baby teeth) . Price wise it was close to 4k.

The only dilemma I had was that one dentist wanted to have them on when she was 9, and I thought that was too young and she still half of her baby teeth so we waited till she was older.
Don't let your heart be broken. Let it love.
If they do extractions, don't you see that teeth aren't in the right place?

I hope this doesn't sound dumb, but teeth are shaped differently in different locations, so cant you tell if the tooth is in the wrong place based on extraction + movement? Obviously I have kids and will probably run into the braces thing, and I've never thought of extraction being necessary so I'm genuinely asking.


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I'm 29 and am getting my lower braces fitted on Monday, my uppers have been on for 4 months now, 2 more tears and I will finally have straight teeth, I've been waiting for this since I was 20 and realized that braces were a small price compared to crooked teeth my whole life.
If you can afford it put your foot down, because it will be a lot more expensive and stressful for her to do later on life

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i would say if they are really bad you should try to get them done. i always needed braces, but my family couldnt afford it, or didnt even try to depending how you looked at it. I have trouble with my teeht because they are so crowded and their is no room for them all. if i ever got braces i would have to get teeth removed. I am self consciuos about my teeth (mainly because i always heard from my family that i would be so pretty if i had straight teeth.) also because of my hot mess teeth, I cant prononce certain words and sounds correctly so i have a speech impediment, i grind my teeth, my teeth are actively trying to push each other out of the way (it hurts),my bite my tongue and cheeks, its horrible.

If you have a friend who can help you out, I say do it. its not always about being vain. if its not too bad, you can skip it, but do whats best for your daughter and good luck.
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