About a month ago, I finally got my braces taken off. Again. I think this time was even more relieving than the first time, when I was sixteen.
This time around was... less than stellar, as I've already shared here. I'm aware that some of that stems from the impacts of braces on my self esteem, but with two different orthodontia experiences under my retainer, nearly a decade apart, I feel uniquely positioned to provide you with a list of things to look out for in your own journey towards straighter teeth.
Red Flags (in no particular order)
I honestly had a moment, during one of my appointments, where the ortho turned away from me in the middle of my greeting to ask a staff member a question, after which he continued to ignore me as though I hadn't spoken at all. He also refused to listen to my questions or concerns until I finally confronted him to mention that I might not have insurance following the end of November... which was both true, and the reason I got my braces off on November 1st.
Green Flags (of course!!!)
It is your ortho and their team's job to answer your questions, assuage your fears, understand the wonder of having a tooth, update you on progress, and at the very least, tell you what extras you might need. Braces are so costly, that I think they should just give you those supplies, but I lean towards national healthcare and communism, just so my biases are clear. Take my words with a grain of salt, enjoy flossing in the before-braces-times, and call for a consultation today!
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