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Getting a Second Opinion
As a child, I didn’t exactly have it easy when it came to my teeth. I have very weak enamel and always had cavities when we would visit the dentist. I also had very crooked teeth, a small mouth, and was missing all of my wisdom teeth and a permanent tooth. When I got into braces at age 13, I was still self conscious of my smile. I spent the next 3 1/2 years in braces with headgear. The picture below is one of me at age 12.
I was grateful when it was all said and done, but looking back on it, it would have been nice not to have a mouthful of metal for over 3 years. When I reached 20 years of age, it was decided that there needed to be something done about the permanent tooth that I was missing. My orthodontist had kept space for it so I could have it fixed one day. My childhood dentist told me one day that I was going to need a root canal. After hearing that it would affect teeth on either side, I wasn’t excited about it. At 20, I was going to a different Dr. and he gave me a second opinion about fixing the missing tooth. He suggested an implant. Although it was more expensive, it seemed like a better option and I was glad we heard about it. 10 years later, my implant is holding strong and I know it was the right decision. It was smart to get that second opinion from another Dr. and nice that I could save some of my natural teeth surrounding the missing permanent tooth. I’m glad to have gotten a second opinion as my smile is very important to me.
It’s always smart to get a second opinion and to weigh out your options. Invisalign treatment is an option that I wish would have been around when I first got my braces 17 years ago. If you aren’t familiar with Invisalign, it is a process that uses clear removable liners that gradually move your teeth over time. No metal to deal with! Braces for your child or yourself are a significant investment and it’s always smart to get a second opinion. It also ensures that you can be more informed and advocate for what is best for you. Some think that Invisalign is only for mild cosmetic cases but it can also help correct overly crowded teeth, widely spaced teeth, open bite, crossbite, overbite and underbite.
In a recent poll, conducted by Harris Interactive on behalf of Invisalign, Less than a quarter of survey respondents said they would get a second opinion for teeth straightening and less than 10 percent for routine oral procedures such as root canal. Yet many of these oral procedures meet the criteria for meriting a second opinion; they are invasive, costly and have long-term impact if not handled properly.
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Have you ever regretted not getting a second opinion?