So the story starts almost 10 years ago. I was supposed to get braces for my teeth. Well, was!
The story goes this way. As a 16 year old, my wisdom teeth started to pop up and eventually screwed up my whole upper jaw. They crooked a bunch of my teeth outwards. The worst of it got the 3rd tooth on my left, which got pushed out way outwards. The aesthetic side started to play with my self-esteem.
I went to a orthodontist through public healthcare system in my country. And you know the drill there. The budget is tight and they try to push your "brace day" for some part in the future, mostly after you turned up 18 or so. And then you have to pay for them the full amount (till 18 they are with a big discount, or in some cases you can get them even for free).
Ok, maybe I am a bit harsh on the whole system. I also had couple complications with the teeth. Anyway.
Turned out my left wisdom tooth in the upper jaw was making some big problems (it was still quite deep in the bone, and misaligned - so a surgery to get it out would be quite tricky).
In the period from my 16th to 18th year I went to the Orthodontist every four to six months for a check up on the wisdom tooth, too see the progress if I finally was a brace candidate. After the first couple times I already knew what the orthodontist would say at the next appointment: "we can't do anything before your wisdom teeth on the left popped out a bit further of the bone".
I also went through a consultation with a dental surgeon, who wasn't really keen on making the surgery, as it could lead to some nerve damage. His recommendation was just to wait for nature to do his thing and for the tooth to get to its place and finally come out of the bone and flesh on its own.
It was a real agony for me.
The "not so wise" tooth eventually came further out of the bone and closer to the flesh, when I was 19.
I went for the surgery to get the tooth out, and couple weeks later for the orthodontist appointment. By the time I knew the braces would come at a hefty price. The doctor said I finally became a brace candidate; "But you'll have to pay for the braces (lower and upper jaw) - around 3000€".
The price tag was hefty for my family at the time with me and my brother in college. It was not possible (at least not without a loan, which they were considering). Although the whole thing started to play with my mind, self consciousness and self-esteem, I knew how hard it would make it for my family with an additional loan - I said; "screw everything, don't get the loan - it's only teeth. I can function normal, although it's not really aesthetic"
I though to myself; one day, once I get a proper job I pay for them on my own.
Yeah, world through pink glasses.
Now I am 26, got out of college, found a crappy job, which pays out my student loans. And at the end of the month I have only a couple bucks left "for life", but I also managed to put some money aside for the braces - it still seems far.
Nowadays, apart from the aesthetic side of things with my teeth and jaw, I also started to feel some medical issues. I started to feel some discomfort and pain in my jaw. Last week I went to a private orthodontist for a check up (and also to get a quote for braces).
Well, the years of the previous agony made quite some big problems. It turned out that apart from the problems in the upper jaw, the teeth in my lower jaw got tilted backwards, by quite a lot. The whole situation also caused some misalignment of the lower jaw, which causes the occasional discomfort, headaches and pain. The whole situation would need a different treatment than the one from the past - before even going for the braces I'll need to have a surgery on my jaw.
It's about time to act, as it only can get worse with the pain. I hope to start with the therapy end of the year or the latest in the beginning of next year
The quote I got now for the whole therapy is around 6200€ (3600 for the jaw surgery, and 2600 for the braces). Having put aside around 1500€ - I wanted to initially get a loan for the rest of the sum. But then again, with the payment of my student loan, and nowadays covid hitting hard on my job and life, it just seems not to go anywhere. I'm in a limbo.
Doing the maths, I would need around 5000 of you to help out with a buck (with the 7% fee). If you can help out I would really appreciate it - it would truly help getting my smile back.
Should I hit more than the Goal - I'll donate the money further to some other crowdfunding project.