Horrible Ways to Spend Money

So, I made an appointment this morning at a local orthodontist to reattach my retainer (are you already sick of hearing about this? Because I’m beyond sick of thinking about this). I went over on my lunch break, took a seat and then launched myself back out when they said:

“This will cost $240 after your insurance. Is that alright with you?”

As you can imagine, that was soooooo not alright with me. I could FLY TO VEGAS AND HAVE MY OWN FATHER FIX IT for $240.

(Actually, that’s not true – it is nearly Thanksgiving, which means there are no cheap tickets to be found. But theoretically, I could fly to Vegas for $240 (or free, with our southwest vouchers).).

I called a different orthodontist and they told me they’d only charge me $80. Which. . .better, but still completely vomitous. To wait for Christmas or not to wait for Christmas? It appears I shall have to get back on the phone and call my patient father for further dental advice. And weep to myself for being so stupid as to eat that cold stiff caramel.

And now for a food I could safely eat without breaking off expensive orthodontia – Tomato and Sausage Risotto.

This is a good dish, people. Make it, eat it, and rejoice.

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  • Reply janet November 5, 2007 at 9:44 pm

    my vote is wait until Xmas. I don’t think your teeth will move that much in 6 weeks, and I say this as a person with a similar retainer, but mine is annoyingly cemented to every tooth, not just the ones at the end of the wire.

  • Reply alyndabear November 5, 2007 at 10:17 pm

    I’m with Janet, I’d be waiting – If you’re not in pain, you should be alright.

    Hate dental bills. They’re awful. 🙁

  • Reply Ralphie November 5, 2007 at 10:20 pm

    I should have written on the caramel a disclaimer. Something like “Possible retainer breakage if eaten cold. Do not be tempted.”

  • Reply Karen November 5, 2007 at 10:51 pm

    Sorry about the retainer hassels, but the recipe looks really good–a regular one dish meal. I think I’ve got all the ingredients. Perhaps tomorrow night…

  • Reply TheMoncurs November 5, 2007 at 10:59 pm

    $240?? Highway robbery! How long does it take to reattach a retainer?? I mean, I don’t really know anything about permanent retainers (mine are just the tray kind that I wear at night) but seriously! It’s not like they’re making you a new one or anything. Crazy people.

  • Reply Terri B. November 6, 2007 at 12:22 am

    Wow! That risotto dish sound really good. I’m going to the store for ingredients after work!

  • Reply Merrick November 6, 2007 at 12:23 am

    Noooo! Not the retainer! I’m so so sorry. If you remember, mine is attached to 6 teeth instead of two, and when the bonding broke off one of the teeth, it noticeably moved within a few weeks. But before I scare you into spending anywhere between $80 and $240, my tooth moved right back into place almost immediately after I got the bonding fixed.

    Plus, I think since your retainer isn’t bonded to every tooth, they wouldn’t move as quickly as mine. I think you should wait.

    Love you!

  • Reply Sheyenne November 6, 2007 at 1:24 am

    I’m cheap, so I’d recommend waiting the 6 weeks to have your dad fix it.
    And I have to say, I’ve never in my life had risotto of any type. I watched Hell’s Kitchen and they make risotto all the time, so I thought it was too fancy for me! I’ll have to try this. Then I can feel high class.

  • Reply Kristi November 6, 2007 at 3:09 am

    Ralphie and her dang carmels. I’m glad I resisted the temptation. Think of my horrible fate because I would not pay the money to get it fixed and my dad is a milk man, not a dentist. Hey I never realized that I could actually say that my dad was “the milkman” that’s cool.

  • Reply She Likes Purple November 6, 2007 at 6:17 pm

    Dish looks delicious! I think I’ll make it this weekend.

    I’m so not practical because I would totally fly to Vegas (or anywhere) over paying that much ANY DAMN DAY.

    I don’t think I should be allowed to have children.

  • Reply The Dynamic Trio November 7, 2007 at 12:09 am

    hahaha! oh janssen! that is terrible! I have one of those too…and will definitely NOT be eating cold caramel this holiday season. 🙂 And i agree, that is an insane amount of money JUST to have it reattached!

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