There’s a saying that I grew up hearing often that loosely translates to “those who want it, can’t get it and those who get it, don’t want it.”
What this has to do with anything I have no idea, but it prompted me to start looking at my own wants.
The list is long. So I figure every Wednesday for the foreseeable future I would feature one of my wants.
First up on the list:
My teeth are not extremely crooked. In fact if I didn’t point it out there is a chance you might not notice. The kinda look like these teeth.
The issue is that I had braces as a child to straighten out my teeth and as the years passed my teeth have been shifting. While it’s not bad now there is the possibility that it could get much worst. One of my Uncles had to put on braces in his fifties because his teeth were starting to lean over is how he described it.
On an ordinary day, I would not contemplate getting braces as I do not have orthodontic coverage through my benefits AND both my girls have braces and they are not cheap. BUT my teeth are bothering
me my dentist and he has graciously offered to fix them for a discounted fee.
I can hear you asking “How much, how much, how much??”.
The treatment plan my dentist is recommending is:
- brackets on my upper teeth only
- for approximately 9 months
- for the cost of $700
- paid in monthly installments of my choosing
- interest free
This includes the cost of the brackets and the monthly adjustments. After the braces are removed, I might need to purchase a retainer which would cost an additional $350.
I recognize that at this moment, this is completely a want. But my thoughts are that this has been on my mind just not in the forefront. I think I am getting a good deal, considering just the monthly visit to get the braces adjusted is $150 EVERY.SINGLE.TIME. I fear that if I wait, my dentist will retire and I will have to go somewhere else and it will cost a lot more.
The money to pay for it would come out of my allowance, so my debt repayment and savings contributions would not be affected.
So my $5 question to you is, should I do it?