Ortho Woes

Jacob and I both went to the Orthodontist last night.

Jacob’s going to need over $6,000 in ortho work. :-/


He needs expanders on both upper and lower jaw. He’ll have those on for 12-15 months and then he’ll need full braces for 12-18 months.

My poor baby. 😦

Oh, and that $6k? Yeah, that’s WITH insurance.

I called his dad to see how he wanted to handle this. I flat out said that I think he should help with the cost. He “said” that he would, but didn’t want to broach it until we HAD to. Which is September. 6 weeks, you bonehead.

How much you wanna bet he tries to get out of paying?

Why is ortho so damned expensive??? He’ll start about 6 months before mine ends. Ain’t it grand getting waylaid?

His adult teeth won’t even come in until there’s room for them, which means, if he doesn’t get the expanders, they either won’t come in or they’ll come in where they shouldn’t. What kid wants teeth issues on top of all other image issues???

Maybe I’m just over-sensitive since I’ve had my own issues with my teeth. But the kid’s already had surgery to pull two teeth and his tonsils and adenoids. Something should be easy, right?

As for me, they chained my top, 7-to-7 and the bottom (left) 3-to-7 to help everything align and close gaps. I’m still to wear the rubber bands (class 2) and I did. My mouth is quite sore right now. I’m pretty sure my teeth did a MAJOR shift in my sleep. OW!

However, they’re looking great and I’m excited. 🙂

Now, to be excited for Jake…he’s in for about 3 years of being seriously uncomfortable. 😦


Comments on: "Ortho Woes" (2)

  1. Oy Vey!
    Hey Jenny! Don’t 99% of kids have braces nowadays? Its horrible how expensive they are though! I have a feeling both girls will also need them…thats 12 grand!! They actually have appts. to get their molars sealed also…Rachel has a small cavity on her baby molar…so the sealant keeps it from growing. They want me to get it done too.
    The Doc also said he thinks I might be able to get invisalign braces…the ortho I went to before said I needed regular braces and 4 teeth pulled! So which is it??? If I qualify for Invis. then I may do it…you seem so pleased with your teeth that I think I would be happy I did it in the end. (and they look wonderful, btw!)
    Anyways, just remember you won’t be alone in Dental Debt!!!!

  2. Re: Oy Vey!
    Dental Debt bites! You will NOT be sorry you got the braces (if you so choose), just remember that they are a tad uncomfortable at times.
    Our dentist had suggested getting sealants for Jacob’s teeth too…he’s never had a cavity, so I’m not falling all over the idea, but I’m not completely ruling it out…
    How are YOU doing? What’s the update on your little one? How is the summer going?

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