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Old 12-13-2018, 02:26 PM
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My teeth have always been crooked. Do I care? No. If someone else does, that is that person's problem.
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Old 12-13-2018, 03:30 PM
Location: Out there somewhere...a traveling man.
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I had regular braces put on at age 72, wife had Invisiligns at 70. We're both 100% happy we did. Better smile leads to better confidence and positive outlook, no more embarrassment hiding crooked teeth.
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Old 12-14-2018, 03:02 PM
Location: Midwestern U.S.
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Do it.

My teeth weren't awful, but at 62 I decided I finally was going to do something nice for ME. I did the Invisalign and will have to wear a retainer at night for the rest of my life (or until I don't care anymore). Couldn't be happier!
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Old 12-14-2018, 06:23 PM
Location: Hudson Valley, NY
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I got a brand new shiny pair of knees this year, does that count?
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Old 12-14-2018, 07:00 PM
Location: SW Florida
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Originally Posted by BBCjunkie View Post
I had braces as a kid during the 1950s for an overbite but nowadays, and especially in your situation, something like Invisalign would typically be the answer.

I did two dental improvements in later life. When I was about 50 I got the NightWhite whitening system from my dentist. My teeth had always been naturally yellow (not from either diet or smoking, which I never did) and at that time they used a high peroxide formula that worked wonders. I went from yellowish to super white in about a months time. It was totally worth it and lasted for about 10 years before needing a touchup -- which didn't work nearly as well as the original because by that time they had switched to a lower-peroxide formula.

In my early 50s I did the Invisalign thing which straightened a number of front teeth beautifully. I did continue to wear the retainers at night for about 6 years which they say you don't need to do but since I didn't mind them it was no big deal. Eventually I stopped and I do notice that the teeth have slowly but gradually shifted back toward where they were before the Invisalign. So apparently if you are looking for a permanent, rest-of-your-life dental fix, any orthodontia (whether braces or Invisalign) will require ongoing maintenance in the form of continuing to wear a retainer at night afterward. The Invisalign was worth it while it lasted, definitely.

A permanent fix would be extraction and implants, obviously. I did opt for an implant last year because of an unexpected extraction due to an ill-fitting crown on a back molar. Very pricey but because I refused to consider a denture and didn't want bone loss, absolutely worth it. But that was a functional fix rather than a cosmetic one.

ETA: About crowns, my last two were zirconium rather than porcelain ones. I would not get a porcelain crown again. I still have 3 porcelain crowns and when those eventually fail I will get zirconium replacements for sure. Nowadays the cost of a zirconium crown has come down to within a few hundred of a porcelain one. Totally worth it, especially if you have sensitive gums because the zirconum crowns don't need a metal base. No crowns are cheap nowadays, even the porcelain ones are in the $1300 range and the zirconiums are between $1500 and $1800 depending on the tooth and the dentist.
I think my dentist charged me about $1300 for a zirconium crown, and gave me a 5% discount for paying it all upfront with check. That made it about $1240 and change.
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Old 12-15-2018, 07:29 PM
Location: Cebu, Philippines
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When my dentist tells me he can save a tooth for $5000, I just laugh and have it pulled for ten bucks on my next trip to Mexico.
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