Hello all! I’m getting ready to begin my second braces journey.
First, a little about me: My name is Jade, I’m 22 years old, a senior in college, will be starting grad school in January. I’ve been wanting & needing to get braces again since I was 16 but my parents couldn’t afford it. I’m finally to the point that I can pay for them on my own! My teeth have shifted a lot since my first round of braces and I am very self-conscious of them. I also have issues with chewing because my teeth just don’t fit together.
My issues are:
-anterior open bite
-bilateral posterior crossbites
-molars do not fit together properly
-class II skeletal pattern (overbite)
My first braces experience was not great. I wore them from ages 12-15 and had multiple issues with the orthodontist. His office was constantly closed for months at a time—once I was unable to get an appointment for 10 months. When I did go, it was extremely rare that I even saw the actual doctor. When I finally got an appointment at the end of the before mentioned 10 months, the ortho came in, said the braces were coming off, and that was that. My teeth were straight but my bite was still terrible! They took impressions for my retainer which he said they would mail to me. When I finally received my retainer more than a month later, my teeth had shifted to the point that it did not fit. We attempted to make an appointment to go back in, yet—of course—the office was closed indefinitely.
Fast forward to 2010 – I have found an orthodontist that I love and he has hopes that he can fix my bite without surgery. His plans are to use an anterior open bite splint (with an expansion screw) that will attach to TADs for 8 months, and then full upper and lower braces for 20 months. I suppose if the TADs do not work to close my open bite, the only other option is surgery. I do hope to avoid that though.
My ortho uses only Damon braces and I opted for the metal ones. I was hoping to get clear but the price difference was enough to make me change my mind. My total now is $6680 which is actually a lot more than I had anticipated. My insurance will pay up to $1500 but only until I am 23 which is in one year…so I’m not quite sure how much I’ll actually receive from them.
I receive the TADs and expander in 2 days. I am getting VERY nervous! At first I was more nervous about the TADs because, well, they just sound scary, but now I’m quite concerned about how the expander will affect my speech. I’m about to begin my final semester of college and will have to a bit of public speaking…I hope I can get used to the new additions to my mouth quickly!
I will update after I get the work done on Thursday!