The kids' both had dental visits last week (which is why the dental balance is now up. Once we see what insurance pays, it will be adjusted, but we are still paying off their sealants earlier this year, and Sassy's broken tooth). Nice teeth...clean. No cavities.
But they did start talking to us about B-R-A-C-E-S for Bossy. We knew it was coming at some point. Not a surprise. He has a cross-bite (an underbite and it is mis-aligned). And teeth crowding (one tooth is already starting to be pushed behind the others). Again...we knew about this.
They said once his eye teeth start falling out, it will be time for a consult. They feel his is a fairly involved case, so they will refer us elsewhere for this. I asked about a timeline for this....and they said maybe a year.
Then I asked the dreaded question.....what kind of money are we talking here.....and they said probably $6-8,000. *sigh*
That would be another $6-8k on top of where we are now. Talk about a backslide!!
We already max out our FSA on our CURRENT medical bills, and that doesn't include braces! We are really hoping that Bossy will not need a feeding tube by then, which will cut back on some of the expense. Plus, I am anticipating that our counselors will be gone by then too....so "hopefully" we will be able to swing it.
I am going to try and not us our reimbursement money (much) from next year's FSA and just keep it aside. At least that will give us a start...and maybe if we are able to pay some cash upfront, we can get a discount.
I know braces are common. Not saying that we are special in this expense. But after the amount we have already paid....it would have been nice to NOT have this particular expense.