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 It’s Never too Late to Straighten Your Smile

Braces as an adult? No way. At least, that was what I thought when my dentist told me that I was going to have to see an orthodontist about my crooked teeth. But my teeth were so misaligned that they were causing me pain when I chewed, so I decided to at least look into it. Turns out braces today are nothing like the ones my friends had when I was a kid. Mine were practically invisible, and I didn't need to wear them that long. I started this blog to encourage other people like me who are nervous about the prospect of wearing braces as an adult. My straight smile is so worth the trips to the orthodontist, and wearing braces was nowhere near as bad as I thought. Read on to find out more about how you can straighten your smile.

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It’s Never too Late to Straighten Your Smile

If You Break A Fang Right Before Halloween, A Cosmetic Dentist Can Help

by Jacqueline Byrd

If you're a vampire, breaking a fang this close to Halloween could be a nightmare physically and socially. No self-respecting creature of the night wants to be seen without his or her fangs intact. Fortunately, cosmetic dentistry's come a long way over the centuries, so here's what you can do to fix the problem in a hurry:

Get Dental Bonding For A Fast Solution.

Dental bonding offers the quickest and easiest way to cover a broken fang. If you're pressed for time, with the Vampire Ball right around the corner, this solution can restore your broken fang in just one visit. Because the dentist doesn't have to do much to your natural fang to attach a bond, anesthesia is seldom required.

Dentists use a special type of plastic resin that can be colored as closely as possible to match your existing fangs. The resin is mixed and matched right in the office, so there's no waiting on lab time.

It typically only about an hour to repair a fang and costs around $300 to $600.

The drawback to dental bonding is that the fang has to be shaped by hand -- which means that you have to rely on the skill of your particular dentist to make sure that your broken fang ends up looking natural and not contrived. Bonding materials can also end up chipping easily, or get stained, which may make this a better choice for a temporary solution until your busy season is over and you have time to have further work done.

Try Porcelain Veneers For A Natural Look.

If you want to ensure that your fang looks natural, consider porcelain veneers instead. Veneers are thin, outer coverings that can be easily attached to the outside of your fang. They are thin, lightweight, stain resistant, and reflect the light as well as your original fangs. The reflective nature of the veneers could be particularly important if you enjoy startling your victims by flashing your fangs at them under the light of a full moon.

With proper care, porcelain veneers tend to last around ten to fifteen years before they need replacement. While some dental clinics offer veneers in one day, it typically takes two visits. The dentist will examine your damaged fang and reshape it a little so that the veneer can be attached without appearing abnormal. A mold will be used to create a veneer that can be made to exactly match your undamaged fang.

While offering a more permanent and natural looking solution to a broken fang, porcelain veneers are more expensive than bonding. They can cost between $700 and $2,500 each.

Consider A Dental Crown If The Break Is Bad.

If the damage to your fang is serious, consider a dental crown as a permanent solution. Dental crowns are essentially designed to fit like a cap over your natural fang. Like veneers, it typically takes at least two visits to get your underlying fang filed down to make room for the veneer and the veneer properly molded and made. Unlike veneers, dental crowns add strength to the underlying fang.

Dental crowns are typically either made of metal or porcelain (though a porcelain-over-metal option is also possible). If you're seeking a realistic look and don't want the other vampires to know about your damaged fang, the all porcelain model offers the most natural appearance. If you opt for a porcelain surface over a metal cap, the metal may end up showing near your gumline.

A crown will generally last between five to fifteen years, but it isn't impossible for one to last as many as thirty. The cost per crown can vary widely, depending on the materials used and your location. Expect a minimum of $800, but don't be surprised if the cost is as high as $3000.

For professional dental care, contact a company such as Elgazzar Dentistry