JTs drawings for Ortho
Organized by: Jt McHorse
20 drawings in - 345 to go!
March 02, 2016
For Jt the nickname “snaggletooth” has followed him around throughout his entire life. Now in his thirties, Jt reflects on how it was growing up with a broken smile, “I always wanted braces when I was a kid. It seems silly, but I was really self-conscious about my smile. And because of that lack of self confidence, I didn’t smile as much. It was easier than being made fun of.”
The moment Jt knew he could afford braces he immediately took the opportunity. “I know I’m very lucky to be able to do this now,” explains Jt. “It’s a lot of money, but I’ve always wanted them, so my wife and I decided we needed to make it a priority or it would never happen.” But since braces are considered cosmetic, Jt’s insurance wouldn’t cover the cost. So he and his wife buckled down to save the money.
Jt soon found out, however, that the cost of the actual braces was only half the amount they would need to come up with. At the beginning of the process, his front teeth were in two rows rather than one due to his upper jaw being extremely narrow. Wanting to avoid surgery, his orthodontist suggested an expander first. But that didn’t work. Jt eventually realized that an invasive surgery called Lefort 1 Piece Osteotomy (where they break his upper jaw in three places to make room) was the only other option.
Of course his dental insurance won’t cover the surgery either, but Jt knows that if he doesn’t go through with the surgery now he will face greater dental costs and health concerns in the future. The procedure will cost approximately $10,000, and payment must be made as a lump sum at the time of surgery. As most people don’t have that kind of money lying around, Jt and his wife (who now have a five-month old son) will have to take out a line of credit to cover the cost.
In an effort to raise additional funds, Jt is doing a 365 day challenge where he will draw something everyday, and has started with the original Pokemon. As a talented artist, Jt believes this is one way that he can work to raise the extra money. If you would like to follow his challenge, you can find him on Instagram, Facebook, and Etsy . He will be selling his Pokemon drawings on Etsy, where all proceeds will go toward his procedure, and anything you would be willing to give will be greatly appreciated by Jt and his family.