Sandra Rowe (Source: Google)
19 years ago I had “temporary” spacers put on to hold the space where I was missing a tooth on either side. Then I grew up and off mom and dad’s dental insurance and never did anything about it. This year one of the spacers broke. I called Dr. Gold and they had a cancellation so they got me in same-day. I was worried about what he would recommend because I still have no insurance. I figured my best bet would be to repair the broken spacer. Instead, he recommended removing the spacers and just wearing a clear retainer at night to hold the teeth in place. He removed the hardware and I was so pleased to see a non-metallic smile for the first time in two decades. He did his best to remove the staining that had crept under the spacer. Then one of his assistants took the mold for the retainer. That’s when I realized that with a retainer I probably didn’t need to have the permanent metal retainer on the back of my front teeth either. (It had been tormenting my tongue for far too long!) So he spent even more time removing that, which took some drill work since it was cemented on like braces. Then they had to take a new retainer mold. He spent a far greater amount of time on me than he had anticipated, I’m sure, but they never made me feel like a problem. At the beginning of the visit, before we knew about all the extra work, he had quoted me a very affordable price. (Around what you’d pay to go to the doctor when you’re sick.) That included the retainer and the visit. But since everything had taken so much longer, the receptionist figured there would be an additional charge and so did I. She went back and asked him and he said “No, that’s the price.” I was so, so grateful to Dr. Gold for his kindness in giving me a beautiful smile and a simple, affordable solution. He really cares about his patients. Some day when I can afford implants I am going to him!