Post # 1
I turned 21 two months ago and am now looking into dentures… When I turned 16 my parents decided it was time to look into braces for me because I have a gap between my top and bottom teeth, like I can stick a straw through it. Well the first ortho. wouldn’t even touch my mouth because I have no roots on my front teeth and very little roots on the rest of my teeth. The next one said braces wouldn’t even help me and I would have to have surgery on my jaw and that no matter what I did I would probably loose my front 4 teeth by the time I was 30. I have tons of others problems with my teeth but I’m not really going to go into that. I accepted this, there is nothing I can to do to save my teeth but I thought I would have more time…
Well I just had to get an old baby tooth pulled, it was only in there because the adult one won’t come down on it’s own and they wanted to leave it in there to help keep the rest of my teeth in. So now that one is gone and the rest could follow soon 🙁 My dentist wants to pull them all now so we can start on implants, but that could easily cost me ten grand! I can’t afford that!!! So I’ve decided to hold onto my teeth for as long as possible but in the mean time I’m looking into all the options and how to pay for them. I’m just so dissapointed because I should be focusing on starting my last year of school and saving for my wedding but here I am worrying about loosing my teeth.
I’m so sad 🙁
Post # 3
Don’t be sad. If it helps you feel better, I’ve had an underbite since childhood and my dentist tells me unless I want to undergo very painful expensive jaw surgery and then few years of braces to fix my bite, which still wouldn’t guarantee anything, I’ll just have to live with it. On top of things I have poor enamel, was born in a third world country), so I’ve had three adult teeth pulled and about four root canals now. So I have plenty of fake teeth including one bridge and possible implant in the future. I’ve put over 10K into my teeth as I don’t have standard dental insurance. BUT I have a guy who loves me and great health otherwise so there’s still plenty to be thankful for 🙂 Hopefully you can get great dental insurance and space the implants out so it’s not so costly at one time?
Post # 4
Have you looked into Dental Colleges? It’s basically a school for to-be dentists. They are supervised by their professors (who are dentists) and it allows them real-world practice and the patient gets low-cost care.
If Colorado is the area you live in, I found a list of low-cost clinics you could look into.
Post # 5
@faeriekiss: Yes lots to be thankfull for!!! FI loves me even though I will be toothless 🙂
@Hyperventilate: Never thought about dental colleges. Thanks for the link, I will definatly look into that.
Post # 6
Have you looked into going out of the country for dental work? I have no personal experience, but I listen to financial advice talk shows on the radio sometimes and they always talk about how affordable dental care is in places like Mexico where you can still get very high quality work done for much less than in the US… So much that even factoring in travel costs you save a lot of money. Again, i don’t have any personal experience with this, but its maybe an option to research.
Post # 7
@alyssaC: Perhaps shrink the wedding, and save up for the teeth?
Post # 8
@Duncan: Nope not shirinking the wedding, I refuse to let something this crappy get in the way of something that will make me happy. I’ve talked to my parents and grandmother and FI and we all agreed that both will happen. My parents were so mad when mentioned possibly making the wedding smaller to pay for my teeth because they know how important my wedding is to me. My grandmother said worst case scenario she has the money to pay for my teeth and we can give her monthly payments.