My Braces Review – Part 8 – Braces Off Finally!
Woohoo, Braces Off!
I finally had my braces removed after wearing the metal bits for 1.5 years. The removal took only 15 minutes and wasn’t painful. Probably just slight discomfort with so much going on in your mouth. After removal, a mould of my brand new teeth was taken to create the retainers. An x-ray was also done for record purposes, I guess. You can collect your retainers after one week, and start wearing them forever. Yes, forever!
Now, here’s my brand new smile which costs me $4,000!
Is it worth it?
If you were to ask me if it’s worth the $4,000, I would say “YES!”
I feel more confident and comfortable knowing that I have a presentable set of teeth. No more protruding tooth! If you take good care and be diligent in wearing retainers, your nice pearlies can last you for the rest of your life, so I feel it is worth the investment. If your case is more complicated, braces can even help you chew better and align your jaws/bite.
I am interested, but $4,000 is a huge sum!
Choose a clinic that allows flexible payment. $4,000 may seem like a daunting sum, but it is manageable if you save up for the initial downpayment and am comfortable with forking out $100 per month for your monthly visits.
Please don’t start on your braces treatment if you cannot keep up with the monthly payment. You wouldn’t want to be caught in the situation whereby you purposely skip on monthly tightening sessions because you can’t pay up. Plan your finances before you embark on your braces journey.
Are there any extra charges?
Check with your clinic if there are any charges on top of the main price for braces. Some clinics do not include x-ray, mould, and retainers in the main price, so you will have to pay extra for them. Do your homework before you sign yourself up!
Is it difficult to take care of braces?
I have to manage your expectations and tell you that you need to put in effort to take care of your braces. Don’t skip brushing your teeth at night, who knows how much gunk is trapped in your braces! Also, don’t skip your monthly tightening sessions. It is actually good to see your orthodontist regularly so he/she can judge how well your teeth is progressing. Just… don’t be lazy!
How long will it take?
This is one question I cannot answer. Everyone’s teeth is unique and will react differently to braces. Your orthodontist will at best be able to give you an estimation, but it also boils down to your diligence in going for dental appointments and wearing your rubber bands when you are told to do so. Again… just don’t be lazy!
If you are still pondering…
Here’s a before and after photo of my teeth to give you that extra push to go for it! 😀
Plus one more of my boyfriend and my teeth to give you extra extra motivation! He had his braces very young and every time I looked at his teeth I thought to myself, “How can his teeth be nicer than mine?!” So you can say that he (his teeth, to be exact) was part of my motivation to get braces. I hope I can motivate you too! 🙂