If you can all avoid getting your kids from having Braces (train-tracks) then DO SO! I spent 5 years total in braces, having the traditional "train-tracks" ( 2.5yrs but 5yr with the anchor bracket around my molars), retainer and bite-plate. Growing up I swear my mom slaved like crazy for me to have them. After finally getting them off when I was a just out of highschool, and then having my wisdom teeth removed I thought I was all set. Just keep brushing 3 times a day, not drink much Pepsi or Coke cola's and I'd be ok. Well turns out during my adult life - some 10yrs - my molars have been hiding a NASTY cavity inside! The only sign was a small slightly yellowish tint in a small slit on the outside of my molars that never grew in size over this time. NOW over the past 5yrs I've gone through shock and recently EXCRUCIATING pain! First biting on bones - chicken bones for marrow (old habit) and cracking a piece of my molars and more during that 5yrs to the point where I cannot drink any HOT or cold drinks like a normally used to. I've since visited the dentist practice that I grew up with - my old family dentist retired and sold the practice but my sister & mom still go to the same practice. They've drilled out one of my molars (top two need roots), and cleaned and put in some kind of temporary filling. At that time I used to work full-time and thought I'd be able to afford the $1500 for the root canals (1 in the one they've already drilled, and 2 in the other) & $300 for the crowns included already. I've NEVER had insurance as I've always worked on contract and getting insurance was even MORE expensive then getting the work done, as well as not being able to use ANY Canadian dental insurance package for the first year it seemed worthless. NOW my Teeth have been hurting SOO bad, I swear that I'm dying. No joke on this! I wake up in the morning and my girlfriend doesnt want to even kiss me until I brush my teeth - thats how bad this dragon breath is! Being winter in Ontario I cannot breathe in my mouth if I have a cold because I'll almost freeze the open cavity crater in my top right molar because I know I'll pass out. I've already made the mistake of having cold yogurt a few months ago and passed out because of the severe pain from the cold. I now have to carefully brush my teeth after EVERY meal to stop the slow saliva digestion in that molar from causing pain or just simply to get food out. Heck even eating RICE I have to do on my left side of my mouth now because even an over boiled rice grain if upright and bit on will cause a sharp pain that freezes all conscious thought. I've tried searching the net and have NOT found anything. From what I can tell clinics only cater to cleaning for adults and emergency teeth removal for children under 18 because OHIP only covers dental for them in emergency's. I cannot use my wife's dental plan UNLESS I first pay for the procedure where they will then reimburse us with receipt. What are my options?