About 2 years ago I decided to begin what would be very lengthy and expensive work on fixing damage from orthodontia and the resultant 20 years of hygene that while present never seemed to help.
My initial orthodontist wasn't the greatest guy in the world and the 2.5 year torture left my teeth straightened but in very bad condition. Over the ensuing 20 years, I have done much with trying to keep my hygene up, but a sever dental anxiety and the fact that brushing 2-3 times doesn't help... has made the process difficult.
So, 2 years ago I went thru the evaluation. Without insurance it'd be about $18K to fix my mouth. Before the process was to begin I had to go in for what is known as a deep cleaning. This was a two visit process where they numb your mouth and.... well to spare you... deep clean the teeth.
I worked up the energy to commit to the process. How horrible could it be. The pain will be numbed. During my 2nd deep cleaning the call came. Even posted about it the next day.
Needless to say, with my insurance change and everything else. People really understand how uncomfortable I can get with going to the dentist. Well, it's two years later. All I'll say is that WITHOUT insurance, I'm now up to about $22K in dental work. Thank the gods for insurance. Also, due to the amount of work I am getting, I seem to be getting frequent flier discounts.
Yesterday, I went in for deep cleaning again. This will again be 2 part. Fortunately, I really can't get laid off this time. As soon as I post this I am off again today for not 1, not 2, but 3 root canals. Wheee.
People won't probably notice much change in my smile for several months... But at least I am doing something constructive about it.
Wish me luck.