Bobby P. from Derby, KS (Source: Yelp)
I had a peg tooth and was missing a tooth on the upper portion of my mouth. I asked my regular dentist on what needed to be done in order to fix my teeth, have a great smile, and an increased level of confidence. My dentist referred me to an oral surgeon who examined and consulted me on the condition of my teeth. It was determined that in order to begin repairing the peg tooth and fill the empty space in the upper portion of my mouth I had to wear braces first. This is where Dr. Trimmell came in. My oral surgeon referred me to Dr. Trimmell. I set foot in Trimmell Orthodontics in December 2006 for my first consultation. I left with an estimate on how much braces were going to be. My teeth were so rugged and jacked up that I did not qualify for Invisalign and had to go to the traditional metal braces. The price of the braces are not always affordable to some. This was a good 4 figure number and this was only the beginning. Luckily, Trimmell Ortho set me up on a payment plan that allowed me to pay a monthly amount with NO INTEREST. I made monthly payments for 20-24 months as that was the amount of time I had to wear braces. My insurance only covered up to $1,750 of the procedure so the remaining was left to me. I did some budgeting, thought about long term effects, and then bit the bullet and went through with Dr. Trimmell bracing my teeth. I went through with this procedure, made the monthly payments, and visits all while working a full time job and paying for my own college tuition as well as other expenses. Having my family to support me through it all really helped. I would be in and out of his office (this was back when his East side location was near Douglas and Rock Rd.) for the next 2 years. Eventually he moved his East side location to 2143 N. Collective Lane near the K96 and 21st area. I would end my treatment at this new location. Over the course of those 2 years I started to see results, but at a slow rate. I had to practice patience. I didn’t have that great of a confidence level to begin with. Having braces didn’t help with that either. After 2 years, the braces finally came off and I was ready for the retention phase. Everything was straight, but the empty space and peg tooth still existed. The bottom portion of my mouth looked great. Now it was time to duplicate that on the top. I scheduled a procedure with my regular dentist to have the peg tooth replaced with a crown. That procedure went well and Dr. Trimmell got me fitted with a set of retainers that fit the new crown. He also put a temporary tooth in the retainer to cover the empty space that remained. In order to fill this empty space I went back to my oral surgeon and he did another examination on the scope of work that would need to be done. It was determined that a dental implant was the best way to proceed. I left the oral surgeon’s office with an estimate on how much that’d cost. It was another four figure number and guess what? My insurance wouldn’t cover it because it was classified as a cosmetic dental surgery. I wore the retainer that Dr. Trimmell fitted me with for about one year as I worked and saved money to put toward my dental implant procedure. The day came where I finally had enough me to get the dental implant. I went through with the procedure and had to wait 3 months for the implant to heal and adapt itself to my gum line. After it was healed, I scheduled a procedure with my regular dentist to get a crown attached to the implant. Things finally came together and there was no more peg tooth or empty space. I then had to go back to Dr. Trimmell to get fitted for a new set of retainers since I now had ALL my teeth in the upper portion of mouth. It took about 3-4 years, and a large amount of funds to be able to smile again, but if you look for me in the patient testimonials section on trimmellortho.com you’ll see that it was definitely worth it! A picture says a thousand words!!!