I've needed to have mine out for about two years now. I had to go through a referal process that the dental hospital said would take 18 months. It turns out that when I called to change my address they didn't do it properly and I never got offered an appointment to have them taken out.
I went back about two months ago and they told me that my offer went to the wrong address and my referral was only good for 12 months. Why would the referral only be good for a year when the waiting list is a year and a half?
So I went back for another referral and was told to fax the information through that I receive after my appointment and I'll be booked in right after they recieve it since they screwed up with the address. I turned up to my appointment at 08:30 AM in the morning and was told that the dentists don't actually start until 10:30 and to come back then. So I came back at 10:30, finally saw someone at about 11:30 and was out of the x-ray part a bit after lunch time.
I then waited another two hours (the dentist had gone on lunch after I left for x-rays) and finally gave up and asked the reception desk if I could leave and pick up the referral and x-rays another time. The receptionist said that she better ask the dentist first, she went and found him and came back saying that he had no intention of giving me a copy of the referal and x-rays as he would be putting them through himself.
It's now been about two months and I haven't recieved a call for an appointment. If the dentist I saw has sent the referral off as usual and has not given it to the person it was supposed to go to (I told him what had happened) I'll be looking at another two year wait and extra $80 fee just for the referral to be considered.
I'm going to wait until after Manifest and call them again. I'm starting it think it would have been easier and quicker to find a high paying job and spend the $3,000 to have them taken out. And I have to try and get braces after this! I'm gonna be over 20 by the time I get them at this stage. 18 or 19 with braces would be embarrasing enough since everyone already thinks I'm over 20.
And that ends my rant of why hospitals and the governments health plan sucks in this country and why my jaw dislocates every time I yawn or try and eat crunchy bread.
Good luck Sledge. I'm sure you'll have a lot less trouble then I have had with it.