Sam: A Teen With Braces

November 13, 2007 at 12:12 pm Leave a comment

I’m going through my first period of having a child with braces now.

Sammy made it through the brace years with some kind of permanent retainer put in his mouth for a short time.  Will on the other hand is now sporting a new set of blue and green dental work.

We’ve known for about a year now that Will was going to need braces but laziness and denial had kept me from taking him to the orthodontist.  The funny thing is, Will has wanted to get the braces…kinda like a badge I think.  Plus I also know he’s wanted to get them as soon as possible so that he can get them out as soon as possible too.  He wants them gone before his 10th grade year.  The doc says he’s got to have them 2 years, so that’ll put them coming out near the start of his 10th grade year.  That’s close enough.

The part I was really dreading involved paying for the braces.  Honestly, it’s not great, but it’s not as bad as I thought it was going to be. Total cost is over $5000 but there was a slight discount if it’s paid in advance…yeah right.  So with the downpayment and the little bit insurance paid, Will’s mom and I now have to cough up $120 a month for 20 months.  Payment plans for teeth…wow.

Will got the braces put on last week and they are blue and green because he got to choose his favorite colors.  I only noticed a slight change in his speech, but I think he’ll adjust quickly.  Will also says it’s hurting a bit and he’s having trouble with food in the rear of his mouth, but again that will go away too.

Overall, it hasn’t been as bad as I thought it would be, but then again, I’m just paying.  Honestly, I wish I would have gotten braces back in the day.  My ortho told me I didn’t need them, I just needed a tooth pulled and everything would fall into place.  That never happened and now I’m cursed with the teeth I have and this funky snaggletooth that I almost wish would just fall out.  I guess they do have adult brace work, but I just don’t like dentists and anyone who messes with my teeth, so I’ll avoid that for now.var 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