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08 September 2007 @ 11:21 pm
I've been researching and researching for anything that i might be able to do that isn't as expensive as what my dentist is talking about doing. I have horrible teeth, i'm not sure what all i wrong but i do know that i have a horrible open bite, along with very crowded teeth. My dentist said about taking out two teeth on each side then putting braces on. I was hoping i woulnd't have to do that because he said the braces would be around 3,500-4,000 dollars. Someone told me to get the whole top pulled and get a top denture. I am only 20 years old. But i don't know what to do. Someone also said that dental schools sometimes do free work. But i can't find many in PA, unless I'm not looking in the right spots. I have included pictures if ANYONE can give me ANY SORT of advice. Please help me, its very hard to eat like this sometimes since my mouth is so open i can't even bite into a sandwich!

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deathdiskodeathdisko on September 9th, 2007 04:29 am (UTC)
I just want you to know that you're not alone. I'm dealing with a similar situation. I'm going to have to wait until I have a full-time job (I'm a student, currently) to get insurance so I can go through the braces and jaw surgery process (2-2 1/2 year process).

The process your dentist is describing sounds about right, from the research I've done. I also have a lot of crowding and I will probably have to have some teeth removed as well.

I have visited a dental school for minor things. It was cheaper but definitely not cheap. I'm not sure how to find the dental schools around you, unfortunately.

Make sure to remember that jaw surgery is covered under medical insurance and braces are covered under dental insurance, as far as I've heard. Even with dental insurance, braces are expensive (For me, they would only pay $1500 of the $6000 cost of braces).

There are services like CreditCare (I believe that's what it's called) that work as a sort of credit card for dental procedures. I don't know if they cover all procedures.
ew_youstinkew_youstink on September 9th, 2007 07:41 am (UTC)
well thank you very much for your reply :]
_teeze_teeze on September 9th, 2007 05:11 am (UTC)
Your bite looks like what mine looked like. I had crowding + an open bite. I don't know if a denture will do the trick, since the severity of the open bite is extreme, surgery may be needed. Try looking into universities that offer a D.D.S./pre-dental/dental hygiene program, I'm sure they would offer free/low cost dental care.
ew_youstinkew_youstink on September 9th, 2007 07:44 am (UTC)
well, i mean, i dont know. i would just like it to be more closed than it is now. Now that im in a more "respectable" job.. i'm starting to get very bad confidence issues with how crooked my teeth are. So someone said about the denture for that. Do you know if it would be cheaper to get a "partial", or "bridge"? I'm just going by what people are telling me right now :]

Also do you happen to know how to find universities like that? I live near Penn State, If that helps? :\

Either way, thank you very much for your reply!
_teeze_teeze on September 9th, 2007 03:47 pm (UTC)
Oh for sure! I totally understand that. I had issues eating sandwiches, especially with tomatoes, because the tomatoes would come out as a whole instead of just as a bite. It was embarrassing at lunch either at work or school.

I think a "full denture" (not sure if thats also known as a bridge or not) would be cheaper, but partials are easier to work with..depending on how the roof of your mouth is.

I didn't realize how many different Penn State campuses there are, but I came across Temple University in Philly. Their website is: http://www.temple.edu/dentistry/patient_info.htm There's a School of Dentistry there and they do work on patients for a "minimal" fee.

Theres also the University of Pennsylvania which has a school of dentistry also. http://www.dental.upenn.edu/ Then go to Patient Care and click around there to find out more info. (They do denture work here!)

The University of Pittsburgh has a dental school as well. http://www.dental.pitt.edu/patients/index.php

Those are actually the three schools in Penn that have a school of dentistry. If you're close to a border, http://www.nidcr.nih.gov/HealthInformation/FindingDentalCare/DentalSchools.htm check out that website. It has every dental school in the United States.

Good luck & I hope this helps!
ew_youstinkew_youstink on September 10th, 2007 02:22 am (UTC)
thank you so much!
_teeze_teeze on September 10th, 2007 01:17 pm (UTC)
You're very welcome!
(Anonymous) on August 8th, 2009 11:28 am (UTC)
Jaw surgery is very expensive, but if you have a job, there are good chances to qualify for jaw surgery, since your problem is functional and not cosmetic. I'd NOT recommed pulling out any teeth just yet, even less going to denture at such a young age, look into options, don't take any quick decision.