Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Wordy Wednesday #57: Shill, Baby!

Youngest turned 7 last month. You know how we celebrated? I took him to the orthodontist. No sh$t. And the next day? I took him to the dentist. Do I show a birthday boy a good time or what?

I mention this because, dude, he's se-ven. Se-ven. Not se-ven-teen. Not even e-le-ven. Se-ven. And we already don't have dental insurance. And even if we did have dental insurance, you know it frickin' never includes orthodontics anymore. And even if it did, it wouldn't cover but half, at best, because that's just the way it is. And we don't need no more stinkin' bills, of the medical, dental, orthodontic or any variety, thanks.

Breathe in. Breathe out.

Why am I talking about this? Two reasons. First, it's Wednesday and the nifty photo of the lad's mouth is just too cool to pass up.

Second, about a month ago I got an email from some hack -- I can call her that 'cause I was one in real life -- who's working with the California Association of Orthodontics. [Link added 'cause, WTH, why not?] This wasn't just your run-of-the-mill hack email with useless information either. She had actually read my blog. Referred to my "youngest son" and my "eldest son and daughter." That's using their names, really, right? 'Cause that's how I refer to them.

So, given that Youngest was, in fact, headed to the orthodontist as recommended by Daughter's orthodontist and because the CAO hack lovely publicist had taken the time to actually know to whom she was sending a solicitation, I had to write this. And I'm also going to go one step further and send you to their social media release here.

What's the upshot for Youngest, you wonder? Besides, of course, the addition to his scrapbook? Like the other two, he'll need work. And we'll find a way to pay for it. But you know something cool about our orthodontist? He keeps an eye on them as the years go by for free. That's right. For free. Panoramic x-rays, photos, exams, and the like are all free. Not until they fit them with the torture devices braces do we pay a dime. [Don't bother pointing out that it's in his vested interest, please. Dur.]


D... said...

Nifty, Nifty!

That is pretty cool about that orthodontist. My son (at age 10) got his braces off. I say braces but, really, he only had 4 brackets on the top 4 teeth. But! He also had the torture device known as the expander. Anyway, his ortho will continue to monitor him for free as well. We are desperately praying that as all his adult teeth come in, they don't mess up his now beautiful phase 1 smile. Because his portion of the insurance? Ran out a long time ago re. orthodontics.

Tara R. said...

Both of my kids were in braces. The youngest just got his off last week. Butt load of money for pretty straight teeth. I don't know what we'll do with the extra $$ every month... probably something frivolous... say groceries.

Good luck with the orthodontics.

the mama bird diaries said...

Good luck with the teeth! Cool pic.

Michele R said...

I have 3 sons ages 12, 11 and 8 and no trips to the ortho yet. I guess I am putting off the shock of the bills. The oldest has perfect top teeth but crooked bottom. The middle has a wide mouth so his teeth grerw in pretty well. And the 2nd grader? An overbite. But I am going to say no to the spacers (the teeth have fallen out and grown in on schedule) because I am a believer in not doing all this stuff early. What do I know? I guess I am justifying ehy I haven't taken them in yet. Is there anyone that an ortho would say, "Not a stitch of work needed?"

Coal Miner's Granddaughter said...

That is an AWESOME picture! And I dread our first orthodontist trip sometime in the future. Ugh.

Unknown said...

Just wanted to let everyone know that the website changed from to just for the CAO!


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