October 22, 2013
I had braces for exactly 2 years, from ages 14 to 16. The "Brady Bunch" had an episode about Marcia getting braces and how she had to adjust to them, accept them. I suppose I thought they might just be a rite of passage.
Our 13-year old's dentist suggested we have an orthodontic consultation. "The 45-minute consultation is free," the scheduler told me, "and we will walk through the doctor's recommendations, and all of your options and costs." From the moment we set the appointment, it felt like a bit of a sales pitch. My daughter was taught how to scan in at the front desk computer, brush up, and where to sit, "for the next time". From my waiting room chair, I saw an endless stream of teens scanning themselves in, brushing teeth, and sitting to wait for the doctor.
The doctor and the assistant were super smooth and fast-talking. They were uber friendly and joke-making. The recommendation: extraction of 4 teeth to make room then braces, no headgear, for 24 months. The cost: $6855.