I recently took my boys to the dentist for a check up. I was ecstatic to find that neither of them had any cavities....but it cost me $390 to be told that.
The dentist then referred them both to an orthodontist. This wasn't a shock...I knew it was coming. In this day and age everyone has a perfectly straight white paling fence in their mouths. What Mum is going to say..."Nah...just live with your teeth the way they are."
|Master 12 showing off exactly why he needs braces|
Then they were both sent for mouth X-rays.....hallelujah this procedure is bulk billed...cost to me nothing....cost to the government ????.
Master 15 needs to have one tooth extracted...cost quoted between $150-$300, depending on the ease of the extraction.
Then before they get the braces on they need to have a "records" appointment. This involves plaster casts of their mouths and photos taken to be used as their "before" pictures. Cost to me $340. I would offer to take a few snaps on the iPhone....but I don't think it would go down too well.
Then the actual braces.....if you want these ones.....
If you are prepared to be a little less aesthetically pleasing and get these ones.....
....it will only cost you $6000.....EACH.
My boys will definitely be getting the less aesthetically pleasing ones....sorry boys.
So all up I am looking at a total cost of $13,248...at this stage...barring any unforeseen circumstances.
So when I suggested I may need a second mortgage on the house I wasn't kidding!
Think I'd better go take a bex and have a good lie down.