Hi dredgos and Clare, thanks for stopping by and thank you for the encouragement! I have been having slight second thoughts, but realise this IS what I want.... and as soon as I can. I'd rather have them straightened 'now' rather than put it off for another 5-10 years then get it done in my 30's or even 40's.
So a little update for my story so far:
I had my first consultation on Thursday 12th August and I can definitely say I will be having another consultation with a different Ortho.
My consultation went well, the Ortho seemed kind. I made a short list of questions I'd like to ask, but he answered them all before I even got to ask (I only had about 4 or 5 questions that I could think of! lol) so that was good. No molds or x-rays were taken at this consultation, but he did look in my mouth/around my teeth... overall, I was in there for about 25 minutes.
I wont go into great detail, because if I did this post would be 10 pages long
. Anyway, like I said, I was happy with him and how he explained about having braces... but a couple of things 'put me off'. The main one being him saying I would most likely not have a brace fitted on the lower arch... "why?" I hear you ask, he said because of my overbite (not an overjet! I notice alot of people get overbites and overjet confused), and that my top front teeth would hit/touch the brackets on the lower teeth. I thought that was what molar buildups and bite turbos were for? if so, this wasn't mentioned to me at all. He just said "you might just have to live with how your teeth are without having them corrected" (something similar to that anyway, I can't remember word for word), I'll be totally honest, as soon as he said this, I felt rather disappointed.
At first he was talking about 'SPEED Braces'. After lots of talking/explaining he said "I will show you some models of the 3 types of fixed braces you can have". So he brought over the 3 models and first he showed me the SPEED Braces (they are just smaller and self ligating? Well, anyway, the archwire isn't held on by those tiny rubber bands/ligatures), then I got to look at the 'clear' (ceramic) option (called radiance) and then finally, the traditional metal ones with the rubber ligatures. He quoted me £3500 for the traditional metal with rubber ligatures (cheapest option) and said that the clear or SPEED Braces would be at least £300 more on top of that.
Do you want me to be honest? OK, I will... £3500 shocked me... why? because when I was talking to the receptionist (prior to booking a consultation appointment) she said that the minimum they charge is £2000 and the maximum is £2800, and I feel that the info she gave me was incorrect!
Anyway, he said my case was relatively simple (and also said no extractions needed... didn't mention elastics or powerchains at all)... so I hate to think what he would have quoted if my case was more severe! I just feel a little frustrated that I was told no more than £2800 (I remember her saying, £2800 is for the more severe cases) and then in the consultation I was quoted £700 more on top of the max price.
I just want to make clear, it's not so much the price that 'put me off' at the consultation, it was mainly due to the fact he said I would most likely not have my bottom teeth corrected because of my overbite. If I am paying over £2500, I expect both arches to be corrected and anyway, what's the point of having nice straight upper teeth to have crooked lower ones? (that's just how I feel about my own teeth, my personal opinion). I'd personally just prefer to leave them ALL how they are than pay out that sort of money for one arch. Also, I didn't really appreciate the Orthos comment "most people don't show their bottom teeth when they smile anyway"... I just didn't feel that attitude towards my lowers.
Most people I've spoken to in the UK are paying £3000-£3500 for CLEAR braces, not metal... I'm just a little shocked, I'll get over it LOL.
I know I am not an expert, but I honestly didn't think that people with an overbite aren't able to have lower braces too... strange.
I can now understand why people always recommend seeing at least 2 Orthos for a consultation, which I will definitely be doing. I booked my next consultation (with another Orthodontist) on Friday, after calling in to their practice in person earlier in the day. I did mention to the receptionist I had already had one consultation with another Ortho and even mentioned them quoting me £700 over the ‘max price’ and she looked a little puzzled. So, my next consultation is booked for the 20th September… they are quite busy, so I’ll have to be patient and wait