Sunday, October 2, 2016

No More Braces with Tips for A Happy Finale




My four-year journey has come to an end. My story is not like most. I had a bad experience with my orthodontist office. 

After getting a referral, I went to the orthodontist office. It was near my home. I was told that the process for my braces would take 2 years . The situation I had that was unknown to me was the orthodontist was only in that office twice a month. After a couple of months in it went down to only once a month. 

For those that have had braces, if you have an emergency that your wire is cutting the inside of your mouth or the bracket fell off you need to go see your doctor ASAP.  In this office, I had a couple of situation happen that I needed to see the orthodontist but could not see the doctor as he was only there once a month. I would have to wait to see him on my next appointment which most know it is once a month. There were months where my appointments were canceled and rescheduled for the following months. 

I got upset and contacted my insurance company only to find out the doctor was paid upfront. I could appeal but still, would have to continue seeing them. I was told that if I win which was unlikely I would still need to continue to see them. 

This went on for another year. Unfortunately, my husband switched jobs and I was no longer covered by that insurance and had to start paying out of pocket as my treatment took longer. I finally got feed up again nearing the end when the bracket the doctor put in came off yet again. This time, I had a wire cutting me and went into the office and was told he was not in I had to wait until the end of the month. This extended yet again my treatment. My breaking point came and I left the practice. 

Now it is hard to be seen by a new orthodontist as no doctor wants to treat you once you started the process. It took me a while before I found another office that I paid and my process was back in gear again. I could see the light at the end of the tunnel. 




I am happy with the way my teeth look now.  They have made a complete u-turn and look amazing. I am happy with the end results. 

Tips For A Happy Finale

·        When your insurance company sends you a referral for an orthodontist research the office. 

·      You do not have to accept that doctor and can refuse them and get a new referral.

·    If you have an orthodontist office that you like, ask the insurance company if that Dr is on their list and get a referral for that office.

·        If you have an emergency ask what the protocol is to be seen. What days and times they are open. How do they treat emergencies? 

The bottom line is you need to be happy with your orthodontist and his office. If you are not, find another one.


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25 comments:

  1. Sorry you had to go through that! Wearing braces is already challenging, a great otrho is really important. I loved mine, she made the whole process easier. Happy you found a new one that you like.

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  2. I've never had braces before but, from the stories I've heard, I'm grateful for that! Although when I was younger, I was always jealous of my friends who had braces so I used to stretch out a paper clip and pretend it was a retainer. How silly!

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  3. I had braces way back when---I hated them. The rubber bands would pop-the wires cut into my mouth--and that horrendous retainer I had to wear at night. By the way it is not only dentists, orthodontists that you can get a fifferent referral for--keep this in mind for doctors as well!!

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  4. I had braces when I was young but didnt wear my retainers. Im actually finishing up invisalign right now! Such a great option.

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  5. That sounds like a terrible experience, I'm sorry you had to go through that! My orthodontist started to phase into his retirement toward the end of my braces treatment and I remember it getting harder to see him. I was luckily though that this happened after my braces were off and I only needed a couple followups.

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  6. I'm in over 2 years so far with my braces, so I feel your pain. I'm almost done. I've never heard of a doctor only being in the office once a month, so I guess research is definitely key@

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  7. That sounds incredibly awful! I'm so sorry that you had to go through this!

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  8. What a pain! I can't believe an orthodontist would only be in once a month. That is crazy! I'm glad your journey is over though!

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  9. So true, if you are not happy, you must find an orthodontist that does make you happy! Your teeth look great now!

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  10. Your teeth look so awesome! I am glad that you were able to finally get them off. I bet it felt weird to get them put on and felt weird when they were taken out as well.

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  11. Yikes, I am so sorry about your bad experience with orthodontists! But the results are great!

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  12. These are great tips for people with braces. We had a couple of emergencies when our kids had braces and it was important to know what to do and when we could go in and be seen.

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  13. It's so important to find an orthodontist that you are confident in and feel comfortable with. I'm glad you're happy with the outcome! Your teeth look great!

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  14. This is really great, glad that you found someone you were confident with. That matters most!

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  15. That stinks. My daughter has braces and we lucked out with the office we're going to. We were told two years, but, are anticipating that it will be closer to three. She started the process a littler later than most teens, but, hopefully things will move along easy enough for her. Glad things worked out for you in the end!

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  16. Wow what a transformations! Congrats! :) I think one day my son will need to get one too so this is really great to know how much they help.

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  17. Yikes! That first office you were going to sounds like a nightmare! I would have made them remove everything after the first few issues. Glad you have a smile you are happy with now!

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  18. Wow, your teeth look great! Congrats on coming to the end of your journey and thanks for sharing your tips with those who are at the start of their journey :)

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  19. I'm happy you found a new orthodontist. Not all doctors are the same, I'm a firm believer in finding the right one for you.

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  20. What a awesome difference they made! I agree not all orthodontist are the same (we went through two) but it seems like you found the perfect one!

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  21. I have heard similar horror stories from people that I know with braces. But, hey, at least your teeth look really good now!

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  22. Its sad to read about your not so pleasant experience with your orthodontist. My daughter needed braces because her teeth were really misaligned and crooked. Good thing we had a family friend who is a practicing orthodontist/dental surgeon. Thanks for the advice you've provided in this post. We must really do our research on serivces we intend to avail of before jumping in!

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  23. Thankfully, the process is now complete and you were able to find another doctor to finish it.. What a nightmare story and a cautionary tale for others.

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  24. We are almost to the time of getting braces for my 11 year old. I am so nervous because I don't want to mess up and have the whole process not work because after they are off things aren't done right

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  25. Great tips. I think my son will need braces soon. I am nervous about both the cost and the process!

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