I’m a giant, and I have too many pencils! Why should my life be limited?
When I was in my early 20’s, I had a bad leg, which ended up requiring me to have two doctors’ visits. It was expensive, exhausting, but ultimately I recovered.
What would be your advice to anyone going through a similar situation, not sure about the best time to get an orthodontic appliance?
I’m so pleased to hear you say that a good orthodontic device is not cheap. I have bought several orthodontic appliances myself, and I can tell you there is a lot of misinformation out there about what makes them “best” — and when you look at the cost, they’re all over the place. So, I would love to help answer some of your questions. First of all, if you have a good idea of where you’re going to need it, and you’re OK with spending the extra $200, by all means save it. Otherwise, you’re not going to have a good experience with that device anyway! Also, if, for whatever reason, you think you may need more than 10 devices at once, take a look at what the other people who have already said they’d be better off with.
In my opinion, orthodontics can be helpful in the long run — especially when dealing with chronic health problems, like arthritis and chronic back problems — but I know many patients who have been forced out of their jobs because they need a full set of appliances. And I know that most orthodontist’s offices only have two or three dentists that deal with people for extended periods of time. That’s not good enough! A big chunk of the American population, especially on the South or West Coast, does not have an orthodontist who is able to see them consistently.
If you haven’t yet, go read Scott O’Dell’s excellent article on Orthodontics that is a must read, and check out some of your state’s laws. There are thousands of laws in this country that have passed because we believe that when people are denied access to affordable healthcare they should be denied access to effective access to orthodontic care.
Do you have a question for Dr. Kelly? Email her at AskDrKelly@medscape.com!
* If you are considering orthodontics, you would be wise to consult an orthodontist who sees patients for
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