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Re: Alex needs braces

Posted: Thu Jul 17, 2014 12:24 pm
by AlexO890
So an update on my consults...

Ortho A on Monday said I'd need full braces 14 to 17 months at $4800. No extractions. $1,000 extra for ceramics and it will take longer. She said I am a candidate for invisalign. I called today and she doesn't offer damon brackets, just the traditional metal ones. I felt the most comfortable with her.

Ortho B from today said I'd need full braces for 2 years at $5,700. He said I'd need four teeth extracted. He offers ceramic braces at $600 more and I can get them on top and bottom. He also offers damon brackets. He wasn't very nice and made me feel bad about my teeth, so I'm thinking he's out.

Ortho C, also from today, said I'd need full braces about 1.5 years and estimated the price around $5,000 to $6,000. Offers ceramic, and some sliding door brackets similar to Damons. He also offers invisalign and says I could get that. He was about 70, soft-spoken, and kinda awkward in conversation.

So there are my options.

Re: Alex needs braces

Posted: Thu Jul 17, 2014 7:57 pm
by chichi
Because an ortho suggested extractions, I'd be nervous going with Invisalign. We haven't seen pictures of your teeth yet, but that made me think it might be a little too complicated for Invisalign. Did you ask about the results you'd get with that vs regular braces?

Otherwise, it's clearly going to be 1 or 3. You said you're most comfortable with 1, and, even if you pay the $1000 for ceramic, it's still cheaper than the others. 3 has other bracket options for you, which you were also interested in. Good luck with making that decision :)

Re: Alex needs braces

Posted: Fri Jul 18, 2014 5:19 am
by Featheryy1221
It could also be that that 2nd ortho's an "old school" orthodontist and does extractions for the majority of cases. I'm sorry he made you feel badly about your teeth. :( I had a similar situation with an ortho that wanted to extract 4 teeth. The fact that you have two ortho's that don't want to extract teeth makes me think your teeth aren't as bad as that ortho was making it sound.
Sounds like you have two ortho's to pick from though. :) Only drawback I could see to the older ortho is that if he's old he may decide to retire and sell his practice.
Good luck with your decision! :)

Re: Alex needs braces

Posted: Fri Jul 18, 2014 8:10 am
by AlexO890
So I've decided to go with ortho 1, and I'll be getting either metal braces or ceramic. My records appointment is Tuesday the 22nd. It looks like I'll be braced sometime in August.

Re: Alex needs braces

Posted: Sun Jul 20, 2014 6:09 pm
by pjade1
I also went to three different consultations and I am glad I did. You have to go where you will feel comfortable and get the best care. I think you can kind of figure out which ones spend time examining you and give you the options so you can decide. I know I originally wanted Invisalign but I am not a candidate for them with my bite problems so I wanted Damon. One of the orthos offered Damon but I am not going with him. I am getting a similar self-ligating braces that are called Innovation. They have both ceramic and metal so I am doing ceramic uppers and metal lowers.

Now the waiting starts for you. I am still waiting but my wait is almost over.

Re: Alex needs braces

Posted: Mon Jul 21, 2014 9:08 am
by AlexO890
Okay, so here's an update...

I was originally supposed to get my records tomorrow, but I had to switch my schedule around and I went in today. It went okay. I wasn't too comfortable having people taking pictures of my teeth and sticking tools in my mouth, but I'll get used to it. Having molds made was gross.

I also got spacers put in today. I wasn't expecting that, but my ortho was ready and I figured I might as well get them today. My brace day is July 29th.

Re: Alex needs braces

Posted: Mon Jul 21, 2014 1:10 pm
by pjade1
Wow, so you are getting braced earlier than you thought. Next week for you. I think you will be glad you got the spacers in now so they have time to work. I know mine seem to be working. I hear it makes it easier for them to do the molar bands, which means less or no pain.

Re: Alex needs braces

Posted: Mon Jul 21, 2014 6:40 pm
by chichi
AlexO890 wrote:Okay, so here's an update...

I was originally supposed to get my records tomorrow, but I had to switch my schedule around and I went in today. It went okay. I wasn't too comfortable having people taking pictures of my teeth and sticking tools in my mouth, but I'll get used to it. Having molds made was gross.

I also got spacers put in today. I wasn't expecting that, but my ortho was ready and I figured I might as well get them today. My brace day is July 29th.
Well, having braces will definitely force you to get used to people messing with things in your mouth. I didn't enjoy having molds made either... I felt like I was going to gag. My ortho didn't offer a flavor, so it tasted like chalk. I hope you at least had a flavor

And congrats on getting your spacers! One step closer!

Re: Alex needs braces

Posted: Mon Jul 21, 2014 7:10 pm
by AlexO890
chichi wrote:Well, having braces will definitely force you to get used to people messing with things in your mouth. I didn't enjoy having molds made either... I felt like I was going to gag. My ortho didn't offer a flavor, so it tasted like chalk. I hope you at least had a flavor
They had watermelon flavor. It actually didn't taste too bad. I worried that it would taste bad like the fluoride they give you at the dentist.

Re: Alex needs braces

Posted: Tue Jul 22, 2014 6:09 am
by SunshineRay
The molds made me gag too. Are you going with metal or ceramic? Sorry the dentist made you feel bad, Ive had that happen too.

Re: Alex needs braces

Posted: Tue Jul 22, 2014 9:15 am
by AlexO890
SunshineRay wrote:The molds made me gag too. Are you going with metal or ceramic? Sorry the dentist made you feel bad, Ive had that happen too.
I think I'm going with metal. I need to figure out color choices.

Re: Alex needs braces

Posted: Wed Jul 23, 2014 3:00 pm
by AlexO890
Update... so spacers have been killing me today and yesterday. I want them out!

Re: Alex needs braces

Posted: Wed Jul 23, 2014 6:38 pm
by pjade1
I'm sorry they are hurting. I guess I am lucky in that mine do not hurt but they are extremely annoying. I want to pick them out because they feel exactly like something hard is stuck between them. Another 1-1/2 days and they will be out, I can't wait. The good thing Alex is that the longer they are in, the easier bracing should be with the molar bands. Well, I hope so anyway.

Re: Alex needs braces

Posted: Thu Jul 24, 2014 12:23 pm
by AlexO890
pjade1 wrote:I'm sorry they are hurting. I guess I am lucky in that mine do not hurt but they are extremely annoying. I want to pick them out because they feel exactly like something hard is stuck between them. Another 1-1/2 days and they will be out, I can't wait. The good thing Alex is that the longer they are in, the easier bracing should be with the molar bands. Well, I hope so anyway.
Thanks Pjade! And good luck on your braces tomorrow. At this point I'm still dreading getting them on, but anything will be better than the spacers.

Re: Alex needs braces

Posted: Mon Jul 28, 2014 9:20 am
by blahhh123
Getting them tomorrow like you! Good luck Alex! :tingrin: