Feb 18, 2011

The value of a smile...

I should probably blame my mother for instilling this borderline obsessive compulsive fixation with teeth in me, but as I've gotten older I can't deny the importance of a great smile. Now, I think I have a nice smile but if you break down the actual composition of my teeth I almost feel like they're working against me. My teeth treat my mouth like public enemy #1. Why the animosity? It feels like no matter how much I brush, floss, rinse with mouth wash... every time I step into the dentist's office I need a filling, root canal, crown... something!

For anyone that has experienced their own set of dental woes, you're aware that just a few procedures can rack up a hefty bill. Maybe hefty isn't a strong enough word... Dental work can rack up astronomical costs.... costs that leave you fighting back tears as you struggle to make your co-pay and get out of the office before the hygienists see you breakdown... (or was that just me? lol...)

Wednesday I headed to the dentist to get my permanent crown put in, and after handling some billing issues was told that I had overpaid for my root canal/crown procedure and had a credit!! I literally wanted to cry - - it felt like the dental gods were shining down on me from the heavens. Since I'm not working and still had a list of dental things to get done (not cosmetic, but necessary things) the fact that I have a credit at the dentist's office is kinda like winning the lottery.

To make a long story short, I've been getting my dental work done in stages over the past few years with the left side of my mouth being the last thing on deck. If you're familiar with the cost of a root canal and crown then you're aware of how just 1 tooth can max out your insurance for the year. I currently have 2 (maybe 3) root canals left to get done. For the dentally hip, #13 and #15 .... with #14 being a borderline "maybe".

#13 is next up on my list and I found this picture of Dawn (Danity Kane/Dirty Money) with her #13 tooth pulled!! This was my inspiration to stay focused on getting my dental work handled.

I just don't understand why people don't invest more money into their smiles... especially teeth that are in your smile line! Like I said before, I'm obsessed with teeth/smiles and could rant about this all day long. For now, God has blessed with me with a way to get all of my remaining dental work completed this year and I'm on cloud nine.


Anonymous said...

I'm obsessed with my smile, too! This is my second time with braces, and again, I love them! My overbite was starting to return, and I had to do something right away. No one else, but me could see a change in my smile. They're clear braces, and I have one more year. I'm glad I took care of that. If you're financially able, there's no need to have a jacked-up smile.

South Loop Social Light said...

I still have my wisdom teeth and as they grow in they're slowly but surely causing my teeth to move. I don't want the years I spent wearing braces before to be a waste so once the necessary stuff is done I plan on getting them yanked out!! I can't have them messing up my grill. Glad someone else out there can relate.

ANGELINA said...

I totally feel you on this post and I was about to blog about the same thing! I've had breakdowns in my car after seeing dentist bills :( No matter how much I baby my teeth, I always need a filling or root canal and it's extremely expensive. Even with my great dental insurance, the root canal and crown I had a couple weeks ago still cost me over $800. Maybe I should've studied dentistry instead of public health lol

South Loop Social Light said...

@ Angelina - I'm so happy you can relate to having root canals/crowns. Some people think it means your teeth are about to fall out, but really it's just a grown up cavity lol. I was wishing I had married a dentist lol.. but you know, despite the cost it really IS worth the investment.

P.S. I love this... said...

Yuck, Dawn needs to handle that missing tooth issue, post haste. Especially if she's gonna be smiling like that tooth is there.

I feel you on the teeth issue. I need to go to the dentist now...so not looking forward to it. Not only because of the money but the pain. I'm such a big baby!! I start crying when I sit in the chair.. every time.

SafiyaJ said...

omg...I cant believe Dawn has had 13 teeth pulled. She's so young...at the rate she wont have any teeth left soon.

I definately have had my shares of crowns, fillings, and root canals. The final thing on my list was braces and well...u met me soon after I had gotten them. Although I am not thrilled to wear them, I am beyond excited to see the final results and have a perfect smile

South Loop Social Light said...

@ PS - My pain tolerance is rather high so it's never an issue for me at the dentist. I just loathe the cost.

@ Safiyah - No, she didn't have 13 teeth pulled... in the pic she was missing tooth #13. Since having to get dental work done I've become a pro at knowing which teeth are numbered what.

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