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Are dental surgeons adequate, or do I need an orthodontist?

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Are dental surgeons adequate, or do I need an orthodontist?

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Hi quoththeraven! The reason I’m getting ceramic on top is because I’m told metal ones would only be $350 less. If there is a greater difference in price btwn ceramic vs metal with the dental surgeon, I may consider getting metal. & Thanks for alerting me to the Archwired page! amtho -> I think Invisalign are lots more expensive, but I’ll try and get some ballpark figures from the Archwired forums. tastycracker (& crinklebat), thanks for highlighting what the different “priorities” of a dentist vs an ortho are likely to be. That makes sense. You are right, “the perfect smile” isn’t that important to me, I just want them to not be crowded. I’m sure I’ll be happy with Good as opposed to Excellent results. Question — if I was to go with the dentist, and then wish that I had gone to the ortho to get them just that bit straighter (humour me here), there’s nothing to stop me from getting Invisaligns at a later date is there? I could afford them by that stage. On that train of though, Idcoyt

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Yes they do let you pay in installments here in Oz. $5000 spread out over 18 months is still fairly undoable for a full-time student though … it’s $70 a week. I’d have to literally live on ramen — which I’m considering, but then I think, are braces really worth the sacrifice? It feels sort of superficial. I’d rather buy nice food, I think. Thanks for your advice Thorzdad … I’d like to hear what others have to say as well. I’m unsure how to get in touch with old patients of this dentist! Maybe he has some photos up on his wall or something. Good point about this dentist possibly having bought into one company’s product … I’ll look out for signs of that. Generally, as long as he offers the newer ceramic braces I will probably go with the dentist … unless enough people reply here and say it will likely be a substandard result. The fact that you’re happy with your results is comforting …

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