madamearnoux (madamearnoux) wrote in bad_service,
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Orthodontist with horrible people skills

Having braces isn't a painless experience.  That's pretty much a given.

My biggest problem with adjusting to mine overall were brackets placed on the inside of my back molars.  The brackets were close to being razor sharp and were constantly slicing into my tongue.  This made eating almost unbearable.

I don't know how common these inside brackets are but every person I talked to that went through orthodontic treatment never had them so I asked at my next appointment.  His answer: "The braces come made that way."  Er...okay.  This was proven to be bullshit when I voiced my concern over how much pain I was in.  I wasn't even fussy or rude when I mentioned it and he immediately copped an attitude.

"Well they have to be left on there, would you rather have them on the BOTTOM like some people's?"  Oh, so you mean not all braces come "made" the same way then?  I just kept my mouth shut because the guy was just flaming pissed at this point.  He said the purpose for those particular brackets were for the case where the wire would have to be wrapped around to the inside of my teeth.  He also said that it was easier for me to have them on for the entire three years I had braces rather than putting the brackets on when needed.

Easier?  I did have brackets replaced at one point and it took twenty minutes.  It was such a "complicated" procedure that my orthodontist was chatting with another patient's mother about her Christmas shopping while he was putting them on.  He was distracted to the point where he didn't leave the lamp on my tooth long enough for the glue to dry, and the bracket came off causing me to almost choke on it.

The wire was never wrapped around my teeth so there wasn't even a fucking point to them being there.  Wonderful.  The scars on my tongue are a lovely reminder of that.

He also tried joking to me that this must be doing wonders for my diet if I were on one.  Totally uncalled for, especially when I'm dying to eat something but am in too much pain to do so. 

Thankfully, he retired about two years into my treatment, and a much more compassionate orthodontist took his place.

Good riddance.
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