Many of us have dental work when we are young, to remove gaps, correct overlaps, and otherwise straighten teeth. It’s common to see teens wearing braces and retainers, and an estimated 4.5 million American teenagers have braces. But if we exit our youth with wonky teeth, or perhaps more likely, we failed to wear our retainers as instructed all those years ago, and our teeth have returned to their original configuration, as adults with wonky teeth, or a smile that we’re unhappy with, we tend to assume that we’re stuck with them.
The cost of dental work as an adult, particularly traditional metal braces, can be extortionately expensive. So instead, we hide our smiles, we laugh with our mouths closed, and we fight off decay and disease caused by food trapped in the funny angles our teeth have created.
The good news is it doesn’t have to be this way. Yes, some dental work is expensive, but there is plenty that you can do to fix your teeth for less.
Try Clear Braces
If your teeth are crooked, the only thing that’s going to straighten them is braces. But traditional metal braces are expensive, embarrassing, and even painful. Plus, they make it hard to brush your teeth and can lead to problems of their own.
Clear braces are less noticeable. They are easy to remove for cleaning. They move your teeth gradually, so can be more comfortable. But for many, the biggest benefit is the cost. Clear braces are significantly cheaper than traditional braces, coming in at a fraction of the cost.
Clear braces from ALIGNERCO are suitable for adults. This article on what makes clear braces different can help you make a decision. It covers all the pros and cons, including cost, oral health, and who is a good candidate. You can order an impression kit from ALIGNERCO and have it delivered to your door.
Get into Good Habits
It’s not true to say that the damage is done and it’s too late to do anything about it. Even if your teeth are stained, or otherwise not looking their best, regular brushing, flossing, and general good oral hygiene will make a difference. Investing in a good electric toothbrush, brushing for two minutes (set a timer if your toothbrush doesn’t have one – it’s probably longer than you think), and flossing morning and night can help to remove stains, whiten teeth, prevent decay, improve your breath, and prevent disease. Don’t ever think that if you hate your teeth, they aren’t worth looking after.
Get Regular Check-ups
So many of us are guilty of avoiding the dentist because we’re scared, we don’t have time, or because even basic check-ups can be costly.
But visiting your dentist twice a year can prevent more expensive, unsightly, and painful damage by giving your dentist a chance to spot small problems before they grow. Your dentist will also offer a scale and polish to remove plaque and decay and offer you plenty of self-care tips to fix your teeth and prevent further damage.
Change Your Diet
When it comes to fixing your teeth on a budget one of the best things that you can do is take a look at your diet. Things like red wine, tea, and coffee stain your teeth, and sugary foods lead to damage and decay. Avoiding these foods will stop your teeth from getting worse and whiten your smile.
Your teeth are worth investing in. A smile that you are proud of can boost your confidence, and healthy teeth can be a big benefit as you age. But that doesn’t mean that you have to invest a fortune. Healthy teeth can be achieved on a budget.