When i was in Secondary School, i had asked my father if he could sponsor my braces cost. He told me my bunny teeth was perfect and my teeth was perfect too. Then i asked my mother and she said braces are too expensive. So the idea of having braces dropped off my mind, UNTIL RECENTLY. The idea of having braces has always been at the back of mind but i thought i can live with my current teeth.
My current teeth:
See this picture, my teeth looks okay right? It is not as if it is unpresentable. But do you notice a small little tooth at the right side of my upper teeth?
THAT SMALL TOOTH IS MY BABY CANINE! I HAVE TWO BABY CANINE IN MY MOUTH THAT HAVE NOT DROP! hahaha. Later on i will show you my x-ray and u will be shock.
In this picture, my teeth look okay too but i can still see the shape of a V in my upper set of teeth.
Ok in this picture, u can definitely see my bunny teeth are not balanced. They are not the same size. One is bigger than the other. The other is a little slanted. And both are resting on my lips. I look like a squirrel here.
Ok in this picture, it is getting obvious. My baby canine plus my bunny teeth!
Won't you be thinking now "YOUR TEETH IS FINE IN ALL THOSE PICTURES! YOU ARE TOO DEMANDING!"
Nonono... Look at the next 2 pictures.
Ahhhhhh! Now can you see clearly that my front two teeth are not balanced? And i have very small canine (that's because they are baby teeth)
So it totally affects my smile, in some ways.
AND NOW COME THE CONSULTATION PART. Mine is gonna be pretty long because i went to see two different doctors!!!
UNITY DENTICARE (@AMK HUB)
As this clinic is very near to my house and it looks really decent, i decided to seek consultation at here.
The first consultation was mainly checking of my teeth and explaining the types of braces available. I was interested in invasalign first. But changed my mind to metal braces as the doctor told me metal braces get a better result and it is also much cheaper than invasalign.
I had an x-ray done too because i need to know what is inside my gum first before anything ahead can be done.
And he went on to tell me that i need to get filling for 6 teeth first BEFORE I CAN GET BRACES ON. So even before i had my braces on, i spent close to $250 for 6 fillings already.
Doctor whom i see
Braces Specialist: Dr Alex Wenden
General Surgeon: Dr Gregory
Both are caucasians. lol. Is that why the fee is so high??!!
Consultation fee: $85 +
The staff told me it is gonna be $60 ++ but somehow the fee becomes $85. OH WELL...
(It is around this price)
Metal braces cost: $3900 +++ (Only for one arch)
Add $500 for complete braces treatment. So total cost would be $4400 for both upper and bottom.
So I pay about $200++ for my first consultation.
MY X-RAY WAS DONE IMMEDIATELY ON THE DAY ITSELF AND THE RESULT IS SHOCKING.
So i had a missing tooth at the right bottom teeth and my adult canine are inside the bone. GOOD JOB! WHY ARE MY TEETH SO NAUGHTY?!
The missing tooth explains why my bottom can't align with my center teeth.
Alright, and after that i went back home to decide whether i really want to have my braces on because the price that he quoted me was too high. My 2 years of savings is not enough to cover for everything. :(
Yeap, i am paying from my own savings. No sponsors from parents. And i am still a full time student, it was really a struggle deciding whether to get the braces done. In the end, i decided that i will just save more and also work more since i can pay by instalments.
ALL IN ALL THE WHOLE PROCESS FROM THE FIRST CONSULTATION TO THE FILLINGS TO THE SECOND CONSULTATION TO THE THIRD CONSULTATION TOOK ME CLOSE TO TWO MONTHS.
Dr Alex is a very busy man and he comes to amk branch only on Tuesday and Saturdays. I waited 3 weeks for my second appointment.
Second consultation costed me a bomb which i regretted a lot !!!! I thought he was gonna to discuss with me more about the braces and probably about the extractions. I was expecting to pay for the braces cost already. And i prepared $2000 cash on that day. Enough to pay for downpayment and whatsoever.
He did a mould and another x-ray for me and told me the prices again.
Because my budget was only around $3900 for the braces, i totally forgot about the cost for extractions. My budget was actually $3900 including the extractions. haha.
I paid $222.60 for the second appointment.
Says Diagnostic Records: $222.60
AND THAT DOES NOT INCLUDE THE PRICE OF BRACES HOLY MAN.... I paid an extra $222.60 for i think the mould and x-ray. I honestly don't know why but argh as i said i regretted i have nothing to say. So poor me took my savings from braces of $3900 to pay for the fee. I was left with $3677.40 when i left the clinic. :(
WHY DON'T THAT INCLUDE IN THE PRICE OF THE BRACES?!!
After a week, i went to my last appointment with Dr Alex. I had pretty much made up my mind that i most likely WILL NOT have my braces treatment done in Unity Denticare. But i just went for it to know all the prices first before i 'regret' not knowing precisely all the fees i 'am going' to pay for (if say i really need to do at unity).
So the day before the appointment, i called the clinic (actually i can't call through because no one will pick up the call. I went to amk hub myself and asked over the counter.) and asked them if i have to pay anything for this visit. I am expecting no payment already. They said no and i went down the next day!
Dr Alex showed me my mould and here it is
My pretty mould. wahahaha. Can see the unbalanced front two teeth and the baby canine. Think one of my front teeth is bigger than the other. Sigh why must my teeth be so complicated?! Like this after my braces i may have to do a cosmetic filling for it u know? Complicated max teeth. Think it is because i didn't drink enough milk last time.
Break down of the costs:
Extraction cost per tooth in my gum: $700 ++ each
He says i need to extract 4 teeth inside my gum. 2 adult canine, 1 wisdom and the missing tooth that is stuck in my gum. Calculating in my mind $700x4=$2800 omg but can be paid by Medisave but also omg.
Normal teeth: $75 ++
Need to extract 2 baby canine and 1 bottom teeth. So calculating in my mind again $75x3=$225 ++ .
Damon Treatment Downpayment: $2222.60
and instalment of $222.60 for 15 times.
Metal Braces downpayment: $1112.80
and instalment of $222.60 for 15 times.
Just calculate lor... I was calculating all the way. I bet you are calculating now too. $222.60x15= ??? Calculate yourself. haha. AND PLUS THE DOWNPAYMENT PLUS THE EXTRACTIONS.
Then he went on and say i might need to do 2 cosmetic fillings afterwards for two of my upper teeth because they are significantly smaller in proportion to my front two teeth. Then calculate again lor... maybe $80 per cosmetic filling?
YUP, JUST KEEP CALCULATING. REMEMBER MY BUDGET WAS ONLY $3900.
So i know immediately that is it, i am not doing at Unity already. The prices are way too high for me.
And that point of time, i had actually already made an appointment somewhere else and it is an orthodontist! My teeth need an orthodontist because it is too complex.
I think you have read enough and i have typed enough. I will continue in my next post! Will share where is the final clinic that i decided to do at and what you need to ask and know before you go for consultation. Don't be like me and spent a few hundred dollars and ended up not doing at there.
See you in the next post!