Yesterday, I took Buddy to his first orthodontist consultation. As I've mentioned in the past, this is the same orthodontist I went to as a teen. He actually recognized me!
We chit-chatted about the past and I mentioned that (in passing) that it was discussed and recommended that I have my lower jaw broken, pulled forward and reset. It would have to be wired shut for 6 weeks, meaning 6 weeks of a total liquid diet. Typically, patients of this surgery lose 9 to 20 lbs. At the time, I weighed only 103. They felt it would just be too unsafe for me to risk the surgery.
Dr. D said if I would consider the surgery (often covered by insurance as a preventative measure against TMJ), that he would put my braces back on for free. No money. Nada. (as a side note, he is not an oral surgeon and has nothing to gain from me having the procedure).
I said I would think about it. Meanwhile, Buddy had spacers put in and the next visit we have, will be braces city! Oh! And, we also got a 10% discount on Buddy's braces because I am a former patient! ETW do love a bargain! :-)
I'm on the fence about the mouth being wired shut thing. I could stand to lose a few pounds and Lord knows I'm used to be sliced and diced by surgeons. I think, in the long run, it'll depend on whether our insurance will cover it fully or partially - and if only partially, how much of that "partially" will be our dealio.
I would love to have my teeth aligned again and have no more jaw pain....I tend to grind my teeth at night and often clinch it tight during the day if I am feeling stressed/anxious.
We'll just have to juggle the numbers. Buddy will have his braces on for 15 to 18 months, so I suppose I can mull it over for a few months.
What do you think I should do?
Have a lovely Friday and a wonderful weekend!