Awwwwh Ebony but getting braces is not even as bad as you think, trust me as I got nearer I wanted to cry all the time. I was mostly scared because I would be getting a herbst appliace with braces. But they called and told me I was just going to get upper and lower braces after relooking into my case. I was much happier but still very angst. Getting braces is LITERALLY like getting stickers put on your teeth. It's really quite simple. In fact when you're in the chair it feels like 5 minutes has gone by. Of couse take it slow for now. For me I only had two appointments with her then at the thirds she put my braces on but the third appointment was 3 months later from the consults I had. I was just wanting to get it overwith.
See, now as a kid much like you I was told by my dentists that I need braces and expanders and all sorta contraptions but got denied by every orthodontist and their mother lol. The last time I had gone was when I was 15. Got denied again so I gave up hope. But then I know this actually might sound weird but one day my pastor was talking to me about my teeth and said I should try it again at least go for a consult with someone. Like He knew if I just found the right one I could go through with it. I had BCBS at the time for insurance which was a brand new insurance than the one I had with the denying orthodontists. i called up the company and I did not have dental insurance and was upset because I really wanted to do it.
So my friend builds dental offices for a living. One day I don't remember why but I was crying about how horrible my smile was and how people were on me about it even after the fact that I found out I had no dental insurance and kept telling people. I mean like you seen my overjet was bad. I looked worse than a donkey horse AND money COMBINED. So he said he would talk to one of clients to at least maybe take a look at me if not she would help me out. I wasnt sure what that meant but I went with it.
I remember being at the first consult she asked me "specifically what do you find wrong with your smile." And I broke down crying saying it was really hard for me to talk about it but I finally told her she said Awwww Jenn don't cry. So then at the next consult I was going to ask her what the price was. I was under the impression from my friend that she was going to give me a discount or only have to pay for the metal brackets and archwires and any appliances themselves out of pocket or something to that effect.
So it was the next/last consult and she was talking a lot of infortmation to me and of course sent me home with my very own copy of everything she said. But I wanted to be polite and wait until she is done talking before asking questions which my big one was "How much is it going to cost?" But before I could even say that she said "These braces are being done as a courtesy from the office and I."
Literally broke out in tears because I come from a VERY LOW income family who barely makes it by week to week. I've never owned nice things if I did I had to earn it myself for a LONG time of saving. I literally started crying her thanking her so much because the Type ,Model of my braces, appliances and being up in the Boston area they go anywhere from 10-12 thousand US dollars. I still thank her everytime I go. She always says Nah it's not that big of a deal you're a good kid and I wanted to help you out. Although I am 20 but I'm probably still young to her. But she doesn't understand where I come frmo my mom told me to be greatful of anything I ever get in life. And coming from the situation I do, it's hard to come by anything nice. All the kids and adults that go see her are really loaded rich folk. I'm probably the poorest patient there
I been through a lot of road blocks and such but finally did it. AND I knew if I did not do it now I probably would never get it done and have to suffer from sadness all the time. I am appauled looking at my own teeth. or used to be. I was kinda hesitant towards bracing dday because I am a second year college student who works at a grocery store at the Front End registers and all I DO is talk to the customers to make their experiences enjoyable. So I deal with thousands of different people on a daily basis. I was freaking out about how that would affect everything and not to mention the time I have to take out of work to go to the ortho for adjustments.
I can definately say I been in your shoes about freaking out before getting the braces on and that's my story as to how I ended up getting the braces and I hope this helps and encourages you Ebony.