Have braces, need some advice

on Feb 16, 2012 @ 07:54 pm

I have braces and about a year and a half ago I fell on bad times I lost my job,my home and it took me until now to get back on my feet which is a year and a half later. I couldn't afford to go to the ortho so I decided not to go until I could afford to pay it off. I'm finally back on my feet and paid my bill off today, they were kind with me until I called back to make an app and the receptionist asked me all kinds of questions like well who has been taking care of you in the year and a half that you haven't been in and even said well when you come in the doctor might just take the braces off since you can't come in like you're supposed to. I was made to feel pretty bad, I was going through a tough time but as soon as I could I paid my bill off completely. My teeth look pretty straight but the last time I went in he said I had 6 more months of treatment so I wouldn't be comfortable taking them off until its time. I'm sad now I was happy that I got back ony feet and paid my bill but they made me feel bad about being gone so long. What should I do? Should I find someone new and cut ties with my old ortho since I'm all paid up? I'm sad how should I handle this? Thank you for your help.

6 Replies

Braces on Feb 20, 2012 @ 10:26 pm

Its been a very long time since Ive had braces.But I believe you need to go monthly so they can tighten your braces this is very important and helps in fixing your teeth.If you have paid off your Ortho he is still responsible to be taking care of your teeth.If you switch to another Ortho you will have to pay and they may not accept you as you braces were put on by someone else.Your Ortho should have been understanding and hopefully he will be and help you get back on track with your teeth.It may take longer before the braces come off now but stick it out it will be worth it in the end...Also your Ortho should be responsible for you getting a retainer for when the braces come off.Good Luck :)

Braces. on Feb 23, 2012 @ 09:33 am

I use to wear braces a while back (8yrs). I moved and couldn't get to the ortho for a couple months. When I did return he had informed me that I missed a couple months of correcting and told me that I had to wear the braces for longer as I missed getting them tightened. I see no reason why he wouldn't keep them on as your bill is paid in full with him, You will probably be like me and having to go for a bit longer then you expected but since you have paid him for the treatment of your teeth he should not be rejecting you for something that was out of your control at the time. Best of luck to you.

payment plan on Feb 23, 2012 @ 10:29 am

Many orthos have payment plans - you should ask about that.

Even after braces (and yes, it's important to get them tightened and adjusted regularly or your treatment will likely be affected) you will need retainers and other follow up. If you got your wisdom teeth in the midst of this process or they haven't come in yet, they can definitely affect your braces-straightened teeth.

What I'm saying is, if you do not complete your treatment you may find much of the ortho work will revert or warp into yet other problems, kind of like a half baked cake. The ortho's staff should not make you feel badly. That is incredibly unprofessional. It's also possible that the doc doesn't realize how the front desk staff is treating his patients.

I would ask for a sit-down with your ortho. Explain that you are really tight for cash and see if he'll give you 5 minutes of his time without charging you extra, with the understanding that you'd really prefer to continue the treatment if you can come to a financial arrangement (such as a payment plan). If this guy has an ounce of compassion and is a smart business man, he will want you to continue your orthodontic treatment. (If your ortho is not available, ask to speak to the person in charge of billing. They are used to negotiating terms of payment and may have some good pointers.)

Don't give him too much of a sob story because he may not buy it. There are too many people crying wolf out there and you don't want him to think you are one of them. Just be honest, brief, and ask him if he has any options available to you in your situation. If he thinks you're going to bail on him, he won't have any incentive to help you. Also, be wise about how you mention the attitude of his staff. If the
opportunity arises to mention that you felt they were a little harsh
with you, say so. But if the opportunity doesn't present itself, let it

And don't worry that he's going to pull out his pliers and yank your braces off right then and there. He has no right to do that. You paid for the work to that point and the braces are attached to your body. He won't muscle you into the chair, strap you in and get to work :)

Good luck and keep us posted!

Just got my brafes off on Feb 27, 2012 @ 04:33 pm

regular check ups are very important for braces. By tightening your braces, you make your teath straighter, why have almost straight teeth when you could have perfect teeth? But always trust the orthodontist, if he says the braces need to come off then they do, but make sure you express your concerns to him/her.

braces on Feb 12, 2013 @ 01:50 pm

Dental orthodontics can be considered as a general type of the plastic surgery these days. An orthodontist installs dental braces in the mouth to assist your teeth in getting right place. The issue of unaligned teeth is known as malocclusion. It’s the most typical type of dental issue. This problem is extremely hard to heal and the most effective solution to resolve this problem is the utilization of orthodontics. Anyhow, sometimes dental surgery is preferred, but usually this the alignment of teeth is settled by braces.

Good service. on Feb 13, 2013 @ 09:56 am

First of all, it's not right for the receptionist to make you feel bad - especially since hard times can fall on anyone, at anytime. I'm sure this isn't the first time someone from their clinic has had to miss regular check ups, or spent extra time paying off a bill. But, regular check ups are important for braces. So, I can see where they might be a little concerned about it.

I am a huge believer in customer/client service. Any business should treat their clients with complete respect, as they are the ones who give them a paycheck at the end of the day. If you were treated unkindly, and made to feel uncomfortable - I would probably suggest going with a different Ortho clinic. Also, I would suggest to set up a payment plan with them.

Hope everything works out.


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