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Discussion in 'TRIBE Main Forum' started by -Mercury-, Feb 28, 2002.

  1. -Mercury-

    -Mercury- TRIBE Member

    Well, my parents didn't have a dental plan, when I was growing up. The result is that my teeth are not as straight as I would like them to be.

    I've been debating whether or not to get braces now. (I'm 26)

    I figure I got the rest of my life ahead of me, maybe I should get them fixed.
    Then again, my work will only cover a portion of the $4500 bill.


    Anyone have any similer experiances??

    Oh yeah, and does anyone know if I can claim that expence on my taxes???

  2. mingster

    mingster TRIBE Member

    I had braces!
    And now....

    :D <----nice smile!

  3. vinder

    vinder TRIBE Member

    <----- the $5000 smile man
  4. stir-fry

    stir-fry TRIBE Member

    check out invisalign, i think they are a little cheaper than braces and no one will see them
  5. seeker

    seeker TRIBE Member

    i'm in kinda the same boat. i'm 28, my teeth are crowded. if i had the money, i'd definitely get them fixed. i've thought about it quite a bit for a few years now.

    as soon as i get a job with a decent dental plan, i'll probably do it.

    i'd rather be :D than :) all the time. especially since people constantly accuse me of not smiling!
  6. -Mercury-

    -Mercury- TRIBE Member

    so true
  7. labRat

    labRat TRIBE Member

    bray-thez are the-thy

    my mother got the clear ones almost ten years ago and her teeth turned out fine. although, she wasn't in desparate need of them. if you're fine with the cash, then go for it. a few years with them will make a huge difference in the long run.

  8. shiftah

    shiftah TRIBE Member

    i have braces.

    i've had them for three years, they come off in april.
    at times the pain can be so excruciating...*really*
    the worst pain ever.

  9. Poot

    Poot TRIBE Member

    Soooooo I may be signing up for braces.

    1.5 year minimum.

    This will make me and the boy official team four-eyes and braces/retainer.

    So glam it hurts, we are.

    Is this really going to be that painful?

    *goes to look at ortho coverage as per insurance*
  10. Cheer Bear

    Cheer Bear TRIBE Member

    It's never too late.

    My 68 year old Grandmother got hers off last year, she had the same problem as me (the one tooth poking out) and now they look beautiful. :)
  11. Mz. SPy

    Mz. SPy TRIBE Member

    i had braces in late highschool. there was a lot of older people having braces when i would go for the monthly check ups.

    ask your dentist how long it will take with them on and double the time.
  12. Poot

    Poot TRIBE Member

  13. Dr. Grinch

    Dr. Grinch TRIBE Member

  14. daddyiwantchocolate

    daddyiwantchocolate TRIBE Member


    Mine were supposed to be on longer than they were*.

    It's never too late, and usually you can work out a payment plan with the ortho-d.

    *Then again, I would triple the amount of teeny elastics I was supposed to wear on each particular hook as the time came around, and my ortho-d had to reduce the time between my appts because my teeth moved so fast. It was pretty painful, but I got used to it.
  15. that 420 guy

    that 420 guy TRIBE Member

    my mouth wasn't big enough for my teeth, so my wisdom teeth were impacted. i had six teeth removed and then had braces from age 15-19. i spent the first two months of university with tracks. picking up chicks with braces was a bit more challenging. so was giving head :eek:

    i read a poster on my dentist's wall that said "changing the world one smile at a time." how true it is. smiling is powerful energy, and i'm very happy with my smile. kinda makes me forget four years of train tracks.

    if you have a plan, i'd suggest doing it. smiles are infectious, and a healthy smile does wonders for your own self confidence.

    - that thousand dollar smile guy [​IMG]
  16. stryker

    stryker TRIBE Member

    which ortho is quoting you $4500, the avg that I can find is about $6k.

    I know about 4 people that have got braces in their 20's and they had to keep them in for about a year and ahalf but the results were worth it.

    I'm thinking about getting it done, just not sure when i will.

  17. Poot

    Poot TRIBE Member

    That's reassuring. I can't imagine they'd ballpark 1.5 years and I'd end up three years down the road still working on this...

    And yeah... I think this is going to cost a pretty penny, even with whatever coverage I have.... which I suspect, without looking, is going to be minimul.
  18. Poot

    Poot TRIBE Member

    Yup yup.
  19. The Watcher

    The Watcher TRIBE Member

    Thankfully I have been born with straight teeth, and room for my wisdoms... 3 out of 4 are in, and the 4th is just starting to come in.

    Soooooooooo glad I didn't need much dental work.

    the only thing I'd like to do is maybe whiten my teeth, but I dont want them getting sensitive.
  20. KiFe

    KiFe TRIBE Member


    And take it from my bottom row, wear your fucking retainer after the fact or it's all for not...

    I've got nice uppers, the bottoms i keep stashed under a fat lip.
  21. Poot

    Poot TRIBE Member

    My teeth are straight... but there are a number of other cosmetic issues I've been looking into over the years.

    I'm just finally hitting a point where I just want to do something about it, and then it's done and done.
  22. orgnlbrkr

    orgnlbrkr TRIBE Member

    i only had braces for 11 months....and ya..it was painful to get them adjusted....but you pop some advils and you'd be ok...

    but when i got them taken off.....whole different story....my gums swelled...which is normal but the swelling didn't go down...so i had to have surgery on them....i had my whole gum line, top and bottom, snipped back.....most painful thing i've ever gone through.....

    that being said....knowing what i went through to get the teeth i have now...i'd do it all again in a second
  23. Poot

    Poot TRIBE Member

    Okay, so I've got next to no orthodontia coverage.

    Looks like a big vacation is going to take a backseat for another year.

    Ah well.
  24. deevah

    deevah TRIBE Member

    i had braces just on the bottom teeth for only 4 months when i was in gr 8...they straightened out pretty quick and i never had pain when they were tightened....i wore a retainer for another 2 yrs (1 yr fulltime, 1 yr only @ nite)

    but fuck, when my wisdom teeth came in 6 yrs later, they were impacted and squeezed the bottom teeth together again...just the front 2 are slightly crooked now
  25. daddyiwantchocolate

    daddyiwantchocolate TRIBE Member

    Better yet, fuck the big retainer dealie, just pay a bit extra and request a permanent one on both upper and lower (if that's possible for your teeth, but at min on the bottom set).

    A dog ate my top retainer when I was overseas, and after that I stopped wearing my new one.

    I can still get it in if I hammer it in with the bottom of a toothbrush, but it really fucking hurts.

    My top teeth have shifted a bit, but I can't notice how or where exactly. If it weren't for my lower permanent retainer (it's just a wire), I'm sure I'd be in Kife's same situation.

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