Hello, I am 38 years old. At 16 years of age I got braces. I have a tongue thrust. I do not understand why the orthodontist did not suggest a permanent retainer. Well at 38 years old, my teeth are an absolute mess! Problems, on top of problems including spaced and teeth that are quite bucked. Currently, I am on medicaid. I recieve $600 a month on unemployment. There is no time now or even in the near future that I will be able to afford braces. And my credit stinks. If I do not do something about this now, I will not have any teeth or they will look absolutely crazy! If I have a bad enough problem can I ask my dentist to suggest an exception to my insurance company to pay for my braces?