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Old 09-10-2013, 01:26 PM
 
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I'm with you, OP. I would never consider dating, let alone kissing someone with jacked teeth. Much gratitude to my parents for braces and wonderful advice from my orthodontist for suggesting a retainer for the rest of my life. I guess some people with jacked teeth don't value a little bit of debt for better social treatment. I've had other cosmetic procedures performed that I'm happy I had done, debt and all. All the negative people saying you shouldn't be vain obviously can't think positively to correct their ugly mess mouth. Boo-hoo....stop making our eyes bleed!
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Old 09-10-2013, 01:27 PM
 
Location: Pasadena, CA
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I've had two different dentists over the past four years and both said that my teeth were healthy, so I didn't care that they weren't perfect. I have braces now because after years with crooked teeth, particularly one in the front, I was beginning to feel uncomfortable with my smile. Luckily I have insurance that will pay for half, but not everyone has the means. Or maybe they prefer to spend their money on other things.
^^^This. Dental health is extremely important. Our neighbor had a stroke due to bacteria traveling from his mouth to his brain; and I have an uncle with a heart murmur who must take antibiotics prior to a teeth cleaning, for the same reason. Orthodontics is done for more than aesthetics reasons. Misaligned teeth can cause TMG, headaches and periodontal disease.

Personally, I like pretty, straight, white teeth and I've spent a lot of money for my kids and me to get them; but I have to agree, orthodontics is a bit of a racket. I shopped around A LOT and got a good deal on braces for my son, so I was only out of pocket $1,500 stretched out over a two year period, which is 50%-75% less than the estimates I received.

That said, my husband refuses to get his teeth fixed. He's totally not down with braces--Invisilign, clear, wires on the back of the teeth--nothing. He's just not having it. We've been married for close to 20 years, and he refuses to smile in photos. I brought up braces for him for the first time two months ago, but the answer was "no." Period.

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Old 09-10-2013, 01:46 PM
 
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OP may just have to check her dates' teeth before going out with them.

I had braces from 12-18 for medical reasons. One piece, 24/7, lots of fun! In my 40s the front teeth started turning. Ok, it is 5k+ - fine. Three orthodontists later I gave up. Crooked teeth or all dental work removed, lower jaw sawed, no guarantee and 8-12 weeks out of work and 35k plus. A coworker had it done. It cost him severe nerve damage - temperature/taste. My left eye tooth is shaped like a fang - DH knows what it means when I bare it:>)
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Old 09-10-2013, 01:47 PM
 
Location: Huntington Woods, MI
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I'm with you, OP. I would never consider dating, let alone kissing someone with jacked teeth. Much gratitude to my parents for braces and wonderful advice from my orthodontist for suggesting a retainer for the rest of my life. I guess some people with jacked teeth don't value a little bit of debt for better social treatment. I've had other cosmetic procedures performed that I'm happy I had done, debt and all. All the negative people saying you shouldn't be vain obviously can't think positively to correct their ugly mess mouth. Boo-hoo....stop making our eyes bleed!
Well you made my eyes bleed reading this.
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Old 09-10-2013, 02:00 PM
 
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I'm with you, OP. I would never consider dating, let alone kissing someone with jacked teeth. Much gratitude to my parents for braces and wonderful advice from my orthodontist for suggesting a retainer for the rest of my life. I guess some people with jacked teeth don't value a little bit of debt for better social treatment. I've had other cosmetic procedures performed that I'm happy I had done, debt and all. All the negative people saying you shouldn't be vain obviously can't think positively to correct their ugly mess mouth. Boo-hoo....stop making our eyes bleed!

Perhaps you and the OP should start dating -- it appears you have at least one thing in common.
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Old 09-10-2013, 02:01 PM
 
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Well you made my eyes bleed reading this.
Get yourself an ocular tampon.

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Perhaps you and the OP should start dating -- it appears you have at least one thing in common.
Sounds like she practices good oral hygiene. I'm down!
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Old 09-10-2013, 02:48 PM
 
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The same reason some people are jerks. They can be kind, but the cost of kindness is far exceeds the benefit of being cruel.
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Old 09-10-2013, 04:55 PM
 
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Being someone who wears braces, I'd say it's rather expensive.

Maybe these people like their teeth, or don't care what they look like. Not everyone has the same goal plan...
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Old 09-10-2013, 04:57 PM
 
Location: locked in a castle
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Maybe the better question is, why are Americans in particular so obsessed with artificially perfect teeth?

Good teeth: It's a sign of good health and(possibly) wealth. You have money to bleach your teeth? Well, what else can you afford?
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Old 09-10-2013, 05:16 PM
 
Location: Toledo
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The only people I really wonder about are celebrities - like Steve Buscemi or Madonna. Their looks are a large part of their career, unlike the rest of us. Money isn't the issue.
There's nothing wrong with Madonna's teeth. Her gap is one of her trademarks.
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