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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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Making Cosmetic Changes At An Affordable Price

by Jacqueline Byrd

If you have less-than-perfect teeth and gums, you may be wondering what your options are if you are on a budget; after all, many cosmetic procedures aren't covered by insurance. Thankfully there are some reasonably priced cosmetic dentistry procedures that could work for your situation. Here are a few to consider.

Dental Bonding

Some people confuse dental bonding with veneers. While porcelain veneers are technically bonded to your teeth, they can be thousands of dollars for a single tooth. Dental bonding with resin, on the other hand, is only about $100 to $400 per tooth. In fact, if the bonding is used for functional repairs, like damage from cavities, it could be covered by your dental insurance's preventative benefits!

Dental bonding can be used to cover stains, close gaps, and correct fractures and chips in your teeth. Not only are they more affordable than veneers, but they have many other great benefits. You can have dental bonding done in one visit and the application doesn't usually need anesthetic. When veneers are applied, a little bit of your natural tooth structure has to be shaved to make sure they fit. You don't have to have your enamel shaved for bonding.

Teeth Whitening

People are often unhappy with at-home whitening products because the results don't last as long. However, in-office whitening could be out of reach, since the prices vary widely by area and usually start around $650. Thankfully, there is an option between at-home kits and in-office visits: dentist-prescribed take-home trays!  So you can get the best of both worlds: more affordable whitening with longer-lasting results. Take-home trays are also better than at-home kits because they will be customized to your needs. This means that there will be less risk of the whitening gel causing tooth and gum irritation. Just remember to avoid staining foods and drinks, like coffee, so that you get the most for your buck.

Gum Contouring

As long as you don't need to have bone tissue reshaped, Costhelper says that gum contouring can cost between $50 and $350 per tooth. If you are unhappy with a gummy smile or large teeth, you could have the gum around your front teeth shortened or lengthened. If you can find a cosmetic dentist that does gum contouring at the range's low-end, you could greatly improve the shape of your teeth.

As you can see, while some cosmetic dentistry options may cost thousands of dollars, there are affordable options that can dramatically improve your smile.

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