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Old 05-08-2016, 08:10 PM
 
Location: The analog world
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You should probably see an orthodontist...I bet it would be a lot less money.
Have you priced orthodontia lately? I've had three kids go through braces. I could have put one of them. through a year-and-a-half of college with that money.
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Old 05-10-2016, 10:29 AM
 
Location: North Texas
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I can't tell you how many professional adults I have met recently with really bad teeth. I don't mean to sound petty or judgemental, I'm just wondering what would prevent an educated employed person from taking care of their teeth.

I've met people with blackness around their gumline where they have crowns. People missing front teeth, people with discolored teeth. I had a blind date recently with a very nice gentleman who is clearly self conscious about his teeth. He was avoiding smiling or would duck his head to the side when he smiled. He KNOWS.

So why not just have them fixed?

And yes, it makes me wonder if maybe I should get my eyes fixed because don't people meet me and wonder "surely she knows those droopy eyes make her look bad."
Because adults are almost never covered on orthodonture policies on employee dental plans and even if they are, it's a fraction of the cost. If they have the money to fix ANYONE'S teeth, it'll be their kids...not them.

I had braces for two years and still have crooked teeth. I'm self-conscious about them, but not enough to get them fixed. It would cost thousands of dollars and take years. I have better things to spend the money on.
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Old 05-10-2016, 04:44 PM
 
Location: Wonderland
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I had my front teeth and my top gums knocked out in a car accident when I was 15, and my upper lip basically shredded as well as a big permanent scar on my chin. Many reconstructive surgeries later, over about a five year period, I can tell you that I am not one who takes a good smile for granted!

My lip looks normal though not as full as it was prior to the accident. I still can't feel parts of it but at least it moves normally whether I can feel it or not! Thankfully I don't have a smile which exposes my gums because there's no rebuilding them. But I did eventually get a permanent bridge - I say permanent but the life span on those is about 15-20 years and a few years ago I sprang for the $6000 to replace that old bridge. Hopefully that will carry me into my elder years and maybe beyond.

As someone who had a nice smile prior to smashing it into oblivion, and then having it rebuilt, I know what an impact a nice smile is vs. a shattered smile. Consequently, my teeth and oral health in general is a very high priority to me. If I have to choose between dental care and a vacation - I'm choosing dental care. If I have to choose between dental care and a luxury car vs a plan jane car - I'm going plain jane.

But hey, that's just me.
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Old 05-12-2016, 01:37 AM
 
Location: Hyde Park, Los Angeles
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I can't tell you how many professional adults I have met recently with really bad teeth. I don't mean to sound petty or judgemental, I'm just wondering what would prevent an educated employed person from taking care of their teeth.

I've met people with blackness around their gumline where they have crowns. People missing front teeth, people with discolored teeth. I had a blind date recently with a very nice gentleman who is clearly self conscious about his teeth. He was avoiding smiling or would duck his head to the side when he smiled. He KNOWS.

So why not just have them fixed?

And yes, it makes me wonder if maybe I should get my eyes fixed because don't people meet me and wonder "surely she knows those droopy eyes make her look bad."
Try asking Johnny Depp this same question. Malocclusion is not sexy.
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Old 05-12-2016, 01:50 AM
 
Location: The Netherlands
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In Dutch wise extra stuff other than 6 months control highly expensive and I am sure people struggle to live than fix their teeth cosmetically. I know what you mean. But we really don't know what they going through.
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Old 05-12-2016, 06:03 AM
 
Location: Wonderland
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I will say this much - when I see a person covered with tattoos but with bad teeth, I admit to thinking that their priorities differ greatly from mine.
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