I was surprised when we saw the oral surgeon the other week at how much it is costing us out of pocket. On top of our out of pocket $7600.00 orthodontic bill we will have to pay $880.00 per child (x 2) for wisdom teeth removal. My one son will also be having his adenoids removed with his wisdom teeth so we are doing that in July to coordinate having it done at one time. I don't know how much the cost will be for the adenoid removal. Medical is better than dental. We are using an out of network oral surgeon so we are paying a little more for those surgeries. I just wanted to use who our orthodontist (that I used to work for and trust) recommended. The oral surgeon in network is across town and I don't trust just going to anyone and having them put my kids to sleep.
I hope I don't sound like I am complaining- I just had not planned for $1760.00 to take out their wisdom teeth. I am very grateful for our dental coverage. It is picking up $1500 for each child in braces and $900.00 of the one getting an expander. When we took the job that brought us back to Alabama we didn't even think to check on dental coverage and found out we had no orthodontic even available. My husband was okay with the job he had but not really enjoying it. God blessed us so much to allow him to get the job he has now. He LOVES it and has a lot more room for growth, where he had topped out in the other job/career. We not only got orthodontic coverage, but medical monthly premiums that we have to pay are $200.00 less a month cheaper.
TRUE STORY- I worked for a pediatric dentist in Florida and we had a consult with a new patient. I was in the room with the doctor to write up the chart on what was discussed with the parent. The lady had her 5 year old child there and wanted him to pull all his baby teeth. When he questioned why, the mom said that she didn't want her little boy to have to go through the kids teasing him when he lost his teeth. She thought if we pulled them that the permenant teeth would just grow in (like a shark) It was the first time I had seen this doctor flustered. I was behind him and I could see the color go up his neck and his ears turn bright red. Poor boy, I don't think he is playing football or baseball or having any fun.