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Monday, November 26

Get Braces or not to Get Braces........

...that is the question?


Today was our very first experience with the ORTHODONTIST. Hannah's dentist has been recommending we go for a consult for about a year now. I have managed to put it off, until Hannah's last cleaning when I could tell she was a little annoyed with me - having to ask me a third time, if we had been. So I finally, bit the bullet and took Hannah today. Here is what I found interesting:


1. They had sent some paperwork to be filled out at home prior to coming in. They had also asked for all of our dental insurance info ahead of time. Surprise!.....when I got there they told me that our dental plan covered NO orthodontics. "Really??" I asked. "Does ANY dental plan cover orthodontics??" I sniped. Who the hell has orthodontic insurance? We all end up paying for the stinking things out of pocket, right? Anyone have orthodontic insurance?
2. The orthodontist seriously, asked my daughter what about her mouth, teeth, smile, spaces, etc, that she didn't like? How to make the parents feel guilty, if they didn't go along with the recommendation of putting braces on the kid!!!!


Anyway - her consultation yielded the same results as all other kids consults these days. EVERYBODY needs braces...sometime.....


Hannah gets to wait though. Wait for 8 months for the tooth on the x-ray that is supposedly coming in a little crooked to emerge so we can yank it out and put on her braces. I don't know - I sucked my thumb forever and have a bit of an overbite and survived pretty good without braces!


The real kicker is - Hannah was disappointed that she left without "metal-mouth" and has to wait another little bit to go back there.


Show me the glamour in that....


3 comments:

Tutta la Storia said...

Ok, this reminds me of when I was Hannah's age. I DESPERATELY wanted braces--AND glasses AND a broken leg or arm (so I could have a cool cast for all of my friends to sign.) CRAZY!

Jerolyn said...

Ok this is the sitch e A shon~ Since when do we need to start putting braces on our kids in like 1st grade? Why not wait to see how their teeth look in say oh 6th grade? Maggie's teeth have come in beautifully and as soon as this front tooth of Katies' comes in I'm betting her teeth will shift and move hers closer together too. I was told once to be carefull not to put a bandaid on a wound what wasn't even there yet~and this came from the students at the school of Orthodontics!!! I;m just sayin'

Anonymous said...

It's a scam!!!! Nobody has insurance & then the cost is phenominal!!!