Don’t fear French Dentists

Dentists aren’t as scary in france

A week or so ago while I was eating a frozen banana, why I was eating that lord only knows, but anyways I felt my bottom retainer break as i crunched down on the frozen fruit. Now the first thing that would go through someone’s mind typically would be ouch but no , I was more upset that I would have to go through the trouble of finding a dentist here in Paris as an expat. I guess that’s considerable.

First thing I did? Google: English orthodontists in Paris
The first one that came up seemed extremely considerable. This dentist was originally from Canada (points on that one) and studied in the United States so I was sold on the fact that she would at least be able to communicate with me. Check her out here http://www.drgermain.com/

At this time I hadn’t even processed the fact that I still didn’t have my medical insurance set up so I would have to pay the full amount which was something I wasn’t used to ever having to do. Growing up, and not being part of your parents medical plan anymore really isn’t fun. I instantly sent her an email telling her my problem and how it was reasonably urgent because any of you that have had braces know that you don’t wan to go through that process again if you don’t have to.
That night’s sleep and the ones that followed were pretty rough and I found it hard to not concentrate on the fact there was a metal wire poking out inside my mouth. The morning after I sent a message I received a response and she was extremely generous in bumping me up to an opening she had the following week.

I walk up to where the office is supposed to be, or so Google maps led me to believe and at first I thought i had the complete wrong address. The building looked like a bank but i figured what the heck and pressed the button and entered the building. I was greeted by a young man who I thought was maybe the administrative assistant but come to find out he was my actual dentist that would be doing the work on my teeth.

Actually now that I think about it I didn’t see any other workers in the building even though there were other offices. Typically in Canada we have a hygienist who looks at your teeth before the actual dentist comes in but he did it all himself. I even ended up paying in the same office which was completely foreign to me.

Needless to say, I was finished within 35 minutes and my teeth were back to normal, or as normal as they can be I suppose. It was actually only 70 euros which may seem like a lot for a little bit of glue but I wasn’t going to ruin 3 years of braces. Let’s hope I don’t have to go back anytime soon but at least I can say I’ve been there and done it.

Have any of you experienced medical care as an expat ?

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