well costs for me were minimal as insurance should cover most of it as its not 'dental' not cosmetic etc. its really reconstructive.
No problem I don't mind answering any questions on this as you aren't usually able to find many people you know who have done it.
Braces are usually out of pocket expect 2-10k on that one but it is a deductable medical expense for taxes the odd person has gotten theirs paid for.
|He actually told me that since I've lived with it this long (I'm 28) maybe I shouldn't have anything done at all, since the work I need is so extensive.
that's nuts. you are 28 you will have another 60 years to go with that jaw! Extensive? Talk to an oral surgeon who does these surgeries often not less than 5 a month. Its usually 1-2 years of braces (1 at a min my teeth were straight and I needed one just to make sure they were in place and wouldn't move)
and expect 6 months of braces after the surgery.
|And it's hard because people haven't told me I'm ugly or anything and I've always thought I looked ok, but now I feel embarrassed of how I look and don't like meeting people and things like that.
I decided besides the headaches I had to do something as I never smiled showing teeth then I went to my reuinion for school...and people many people said sh*t I wouldnt know it was you until you opened your mouth and I saw your teeth....!!! my teeth were straight but the smile was 'distinctive'.
most hmos, company plans will cover it but you have to fight and have a surgeon who will do your paper work for you. But even if it cost me 20k I'd have done it I can't put a price on this.
I am in Canada so I probably paid about 5k total add in other stupid costs (travel food etc) and probably about 10k max but that's been a 7 year journey partly because they just did the lower jaw not realising my bite was also open hence why the upper had to be done.
|And I know how you feel Lucy, my parents could have had this fixed when I was younger just simply by getting me braces. I even went for a consult, but they didn't want to spend the money on me, even though I was the only child and they had insurance...
Even if they had done braces there is only so much they could have done I think its worse to have heard from people who did go through years of braces, headgear as a kid only to be back in braces as adults for surgery...this is not an easy or pain free solution to have manipulated the jaw to grow a different way as a kid nor the surgery most people choose not to do it and live with the pain.
The surgery is one of the most extensive you could imagine as your jaw/head is connected to so many things - ears (ringing), saliva, throat, sinuses, nose, the way you talk, etc. But I am an open book on this stuff, dh calls it my hobby and I am blender food queen .... it was an easy way to drop 50 pounds
I had my surgeries done as well while breastfeeding (ds1 was 2 months and 12 months, ds2 was 4 months and is 17 months now and I will be having my hopefully last surgery soon = remove screws and plates)