Our son has apparently inherited a somewhat crowded mouth from his mother. There is not enough room in his mouth for his adult teeth. This is going to necessitate a pallet expander and braces, among other things.
They have come a long way since the days of the wire tension devices and external head wraps that some of the kids wore around school when I was young. (Sorry, but I do not know the names of all the orthodontia that were in use back then.) Our son is going to have most tensioning done with elastic materials. He has been to the orthodontist at least 2 times and says he likes her. He had molds done during the last visit.
We do not know the total cost, yet, but we know it is going to be somewhere around 4 thousand dollars. Our dental plan does not pay for any orthodontics. The silver lining is that we are insured through work with a Health Savings Account (HSA). In our case, our company puts money into our account up to the amount of the deductible every year. If we do not use that much during the year, we get to keep the excess money. If we use up to the deductible within a single year, then our insurance coverage kicks in for any additional medical needs.
It turns out that the HSA money can be used for the cost of orthodontics. So we basically will only have to pay for any orthodontic costs that are above the substantial amount that is in our HSA cash account, and our regular medical will be covered, regardless.
I was a bit skeptical about the HSA when our company first converted, but now I am happy.