It is my birthday month. It is the season of Pisces I am told. I’m not really into astrology, but I’m told Pisces is “a sensitive water sign”. Cool beans.
Anyway, I am currently at school trying to take a test, complete a marketing assignment, and sign up for free Taylor Swift tickets. Part 1 of the test went well; I got 100%, so I hope Part 2 goes just as well. I know I’ll complete the marketing assignment; it is not difficult, just tedious. The Taylor Swift ticket website has me in a sort of queue, so that’s super exciting. Woohoo.
- I officially graduate college next May with a B.B.A. in Managerial Sciences and a completed Human Resources track. I’m not sure if that’s worded correctly, but that’s that.
- I have all of my braces on now. I got the rest of them glued on last Thursday. The pain is finally next to none; however, I still struggle chewing crunchy foods.
- I will be starting full-time at my job on June 8, 2020. This makes me eligible for 2 weeks of paid vacation, so that’s cool.
- I will start summer classes on June 8, 2020 as well. I am only taking one class: Corporate Finance. I am NOT looking forward to it and I know I will struggle; this is why I have only signed up for that single class this summer.
- My German grandmother is visiting next May (for my graduation) and Chelsea and I will fly back with her (most likely, nothing is booked yet).
- My hair is getting quite long; we are officially at under-boob level. Woohoo.
- My dad almost adopted a Great Dane named Dash but then he didn’t. Sad day.
Timeline of events:
- 2009- Megan had full braces, top and bottom
- 2010- Megan accidentally throws away her retainer with her lunch at school and her mother refuses to buy her another one
- 2014-2018 Megan’s teeth begin to visibly shift, especially the top front two
- 2019- Megan decides to get braces again because it has now become a minor insecurity and it can only go more downhill from here
Why Georgia School of Orthodontics?
So, I actually went to my dentist at the time, Dental One, to see their Orthodontist, but I didn’t like the doctor himself or the words that came out of his mouth. Dental One, in general, has given me some grief.
My mother forwarded me GSO’s info shortly thereafter and I made an appointment to get a free consultation. It was easy, straightforward, and $1000-$2000 less than what Dental One quoted me. Unfortunately, similarly to what Dental One said, GSO claimed that I would most likely need to get some teeth extracted to make room for the newly straightened ones.
I have insurance; however, there’s a certain amount available for Orthodontic treatment and younger Megan already used all of that up, so adult Megan would be paying for this out of pocket. Sad face.
The cost breakdown, for me, is down below. Please note that this can be different for everyone because of the type of braces (traditional, ceramic, invisiline), lack of insurance or not, how many teeth you’re getting pulled, if any, and will you require any other surgeries or procedures?
- Braces: ceramic on the top and traditional on the bottom: $3,336
- I made a downpayment of about $550 before starting treatment
- I am choosing to make monthly payments of $99/month for about 2 years to cover the remaining balance
- 4 extractions (not covered by overall cost from GSO): $442
- I have dental insurance and while it won’t help with orthodontic treatment (the braces), it does still cover part of these extractions because I have a referral from the orthodontist and it’s not the orthodontist doing it (I hope that makes sense)
- The cost of getting simple extractions done (with insurance!!) is SIGNIFICANTLY cheaper if you have it done by a dentist instead of an oral surgeon (averaging about $12-$20/tooth)
- I wanted to have an oral surgeon do it because it’s a little more invasive than your regular cavity or teeth cleaning
Does my mouth hurt? Yes. The first week is probably the worst and you should stick to a liquid diet.
How do I relieve the pain?
- over the counter pain killers can be effective
- ice pack to the affected area
- warm salt water rinse
- Dental wax (you normally get this for free from your Ortho)
- Gishy Goo