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Old 05-07-2016, 09:00 PM
 
Location: Canada
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I say IF you can afford it, get them fixed. Ugly teeth affect a person's whole image.

I say that because three people in my own family alone CAN afford getting their teeth fixed and haven't. I am talking about their top front teeth that show every time they smile or talk. I just don't "get" it. One of them would rather blow his money at the casino than have a nice smile.

You'd think they'd want to look as nice as they can? I do because I care about my appearance and I'm not a spring chicken or a beauty queen by any means LOL.
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Old 05-08-2016, 08:51 AM
 
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Money is it.i used to always go to dental schools, now you can't even get in them.NO INSURANCE HARDLY PAYS FOR DENTAL---GOVT. insurance pays nothing now!! Yes, if you are work class now, try to find a "dental school" or "charity clinic," but good luck, they are beseiged. Very poor people have lost all govt. insurance, there is none.That front tooth will cost you thousands of bucks. Our region had no minerals in the water, all the kids had bad teeth; my sister lost ALL of hers, put fake ones in at hundreds a tooth. --now, they cost thousands a tooth.

yes,if you think govt, or Obamacare help this, you are wrong.I used to get all the dental care I could, it still lost me all the teeth on my right side, cause of old,broken root canals.--And I have a lot of them.Medical care including dental, has dried up so badly in the US, despite govt. insurance cause many doctors & medical people REFUSE ANY GOVT. INSURANCE. --AND I was going to get insurance for dental, but it covered so little!!! Child hood dental care, even the minerals in the water, ect. can ruin or make teeth. Have you got any idea how much straightening, braces, fillings, for kids cost now??It is bad. And not having really excellent child-hood dental care, makes the adult.

Dental care is now considered a LUXURY for those with good insurance plans, or lots of money.One friend I knew, said her brother (adult) hit her and knocked out a tooth. She worked, but I don't think she ever replaced it.--she didn't make enough money(she was quoted $2,000. for one tooth. that is considered low.) Yes, I hate to think what very broke, homeless, do for teeth.One person I knew of, had to get disability, and had to opt for dentures. That was all the disability would pay for.OUCH!!! I had bad dentists, as a kid, no braces, and crowded lower.I had to pay for it,myself, as an adult, but it never got straight. BE VERY MIDDLE OR UPPER CLASS AS A CHILD!!! that's it!!!

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Old 05-08-2016, 09:09 AM
 
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So why not just have them fixed?
I'm sure it comes down to money as even small procedures can cost big bucks, many people just dont have thousand in disposable income to have personal dental work done.
In my own case whenever i had a tooth problem i opted for extraction, i now have a full set of dentures that give me a beautiful smile and i have no problem eating anything and i never have to pay dentists their exorbitant rates. However maintaining the kids dental perfection is costing me an arm and a leg as just general checkups cost $200+,one kid had her wisdom teeth out last year $3K the same dentist is recommending the other kid have hers out as well,fortunately she sees no reason to have the procedure done for now.
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Old 05-08-2016, 09:15 AM
 
Location: Earth
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I'm sure it comes down to money as even small procedures can cost big bucks, many people just dont have thousand in disposable income to have personal dental work done.
In my own case whenever i had a tooth problem i opted for extraction, i now have a full set of dentures that give me a beautiful smile and i have no problem eating anything and i never have to pay dentists their exorbitant rates. However maintaining the kids dental perfection is costing me an arm and a leg as just general checkups cost $200+,one kid had her wisdom teeth out last year $3K the same dentist is recommending the other kid have hers out as well,fortunately she sees no reason to have the procedure done for now.
Yeah. An acquaintance of my mother needed a veneer put on 1 tooth. She got it done, only for it to fall out. So she went back to the dentist and he wouldn't fix it until she paid $800.00 It's been 12 years, and she still hasn't paid him. lol
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Old 05-08-2016, 02:00 PM
 
Location: League City, Texas
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My cousin was quoted $60,000 about five years ago for dental implants. He ended up getting dentures for $3500. Which is STILL ridiculous.

I don't know what people do--it's pitiful!
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Old 05-08-2016, 02:42 PM
 
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I don't think it is always money. I have known people who drive nice cars, wear lots of jewelry and very nice clothes, have cable and no problem paying for cell service. Yet, their teeth are disgusting to look at. I think it comes down to priorities. They get more satisfaction out of material things. I know a guy in his 50s who has a late model BMW. Recently when talking to him about health in general, I was surprised that he has never had a colonoscopy nor does he get an annual physical. I just don't get it.
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Old 05-08-2016, 02:44 PM
 
Location: Durham, NC
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I have a few gaps in my teeth which I have always wanted to get fixed. I was at the dentist last month and they gave me a quote for 6 porcelain veneers. It was $8,000 and they said insurance likely won't cover any of it. I'd rather not spend that much money on something that is merely cosmetic. Structurally my teeth are fine. I have still kicked the idea around in my head but I'm about 99% certain that I won't be getting it done.
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Old 05-08-2016, 03:31 PM
 
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Money is it.i used to always go to dental schools, now you can't even get in them.NO INSURANCE HARDLY PAYS FOR DENTAL---GOVT. insurance pays nothing now!! Yes, if you are work class now, try to find a "dental school" or "charity clinic," but good luck, they are beseiged. Very poor people have lost all govt. insurance, there is none.



I would have to agree with some of this, as I know that my state's version of Medicaid doesn't cover dental care for those over 21, and I believe our dental schools either have a long waiting list, or they only provide basic cleanings.


Meanwhile, we do have charity dental clinics, but often they're geared towards specific segments of the population.....like you'd have to be homeless, a veteran, Native American,...etc.


(Not intending to come off as being negative here, just saying that's how things seem to be.)
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Old 05-08-2016, 07:16 PM
 
Location: Hampstead NC
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I have a few gaps in my teeth which I have always wanted to get fixed. I was at the dentist last month and they gave me a quote for 6 porcelain veneers. It was $8,000 and they said insurance likely won't cover any of it. I'd rather not spend that much money on something that is merely cosmetic. Structurally my teeth are fine. I have still kicked the idea around in my head but I'm about 99% certain that I won't be getting it done.
You should probably see an orthodontist...I bet it would be a lot less money.
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Old 05-08-2016, 07:39 PM
 
Location: East of the Mississippi and South of Bluegrass
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It’s not just about brushing, flossing, and keeping your smile looking good. It’s ultimately about maintaining the total health of your body and protecting yourself from pain and suffering down the road.

How Millennials Can Afford Dental Care on a Budget

At one time when I was younger I needed extensive dental work and although I had dental insurance through my employer, it didn't cover much at all. I asked my dentist if he needed any help in his practice he said that he actually was looking for someone to come in the evenings when their offices were closed to clean the 2 offices and 3 work stations.

Right place, right time and I'd do it again if need be. When there's the will, there's the way.
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