Growing up we all had braces.  The technology today is quite different.  Pulling out teeth is not a must and starting early is best because it helps the ortho shape your mouth as you grow.  With 3 kids, I have become a pseudo expert.

When we were kids, we’d go to the ortho office and there was a procedure.  First you would sit in the waiting room.  Then you would sit on the long bench in the back room and then you’d get to one of the chairs that were lined up in a row ( no privacy ) for the treatment.  There was a door at the end of the room that none of the clients went into.  My Mom used to say that is where they keep all the money.  Now that we have 1 kid almost done with the ortho and 2 kids still in it, I understand what she meant.  The cost is extraordinary.

Yesterday Josh has some new fangled equipment put in.  I couldn’t help but take a picture. 

Comments (Archived):

  1. JimB

    My wife is an orthodontist, and yes you are right the treatment is expensive. However, bear in mind that with pre-med, dental school and specialist orthodontics training it can take 10 years + of school to become an orthodontist. After the cost of educational loans, factor in the cost of investment to equip an orthodontics office and its going to take many years to recoup the overall investment in deciding to become an orthodontist.

    For families that cannot afford treatment Medicaid offers a very substantial referral and reimbursement program in New York.

    You seem to resent the prosperity of orthodontists. I am sorry to see that.


  2. Ann

    Are you going to keep this photo for all of Joshs’ girlfriends you don’t like…?

  3. James Forbes

    your son will make you pay dearly if you ever show t his photo to any of his serious girl friends. The flip side of this, however, is that you will earn bonus ponts with the girl friends.
    It’s a jungle out there so be careful. Good photo, but you’ll pay for it some day.

    Jim Forbes

  4. fred wilson


    we love our ortho and i don’t think joanne resents him one bit.

    she was just stating the obvious. ortho treatments are expensive.

    but clearly worth it or we wouldn’t be doing all this work on our kid’s mouths.


  5. Doug

    its good of you to get it out of the way early – I didn’t have braces until I turned 12 – and I had them for four years….everything: headgear, rubber bands, a bite plate…