sjeanine! yes, let's be braces buddies! i'll reassure you about the teeth that are going to be pulled as far as the space filling in. my youngest daughter had braces and they pulled either 2 or 4 teeth, can't remember any more....and i had the same worries, but everything filled in great and her teeth look great! and they were so crowded and twisted before.....so they really do know what they are doing, the ortho's...i didn't get a second consult either....i was so thrilled that i didn't need any jaw surgery that i was ecstatic and ready to proceed. i trust my dentist alot, he is a very smart, nice fellow and has been in practice for a long time. so anyone he recommends that goes very far w/ me.
i actually wasn't able to get the senior ortho he recommended but i got the new partner in his practice. i wasn't sure if that was the right thing to do....but i had concerns that the older guy would be retiring soon.....and he had hand picked the new guy so i felt he must be good.
as far as the extraction as being put to sleep.....myself i do not like to be put to sleep, it freaks me out.....so i prefer staying awake but everyone is different. if you need to be put asleep then do it. our insurance didn't cover my older daughter being put asleep for her wisdom teeth extraction but that's what she wanted so we did it. i don't think it's too horribly exspensive. not when you look at the price of the braces....which my insurance doesn't cover for me, or for my oldest daughter who now needs them....because we are both over 18.....that sucks. but they only paid 1000 anyway....which really isn't that much. not compared to 4-6 or 7 K.....which is what it ends up being.
so sorry to hear you had the cold and then the flu!!
i still am not well and don't sleep through the night cuz i can't breathe that well. but i'm slowly starting to feel alittle bit better. no flu....not yet anyway.
my orth sent me a confirmation for my appointment on monday!! i hope hope hope the office won't be closed because of the weather.....fingers crossed!!