My teeth are in such bad shape, I never smile with my mouth open. I haven't dated in 6 years. Sure would like to have a lady friend again.
I went to an affordable dentist recently and spent $1600 ($600 cash and making $200 a month payments on the balance) to get started. The $600 cash was saved for future bills (electricity, food, etc). The $1,600 will get me a temporary partial that will realign my jaw. I am going to a low income clinic to have a few extractions performed as I cannot afford to have a regular dentist extract them ($25 vs $250 per).
About me: I've never had a nice smile, ever. I once walked into a bar in a third world country when I was in the Navy and had a "working girl" ask what was wrong with my teeth, first words out of her mouth. I was 19 years old. That has followed me throughout my life. My step-mother worked as an office manager for a dentist. I never had any corrective or cosmetic dental work, guess I wasn't worth it, sadly. I've always had crooked teeth and terrible smile.
I am a good person, very mellow and kind. Never been to prison or jail. I try to do the right things, even when no one is looking. I've worked as a truck driver, chauffeur, Human Resources Manager, recruiter, sawler, forest fire fighter (age 16, told em I was 18), warehouseman... I quit High School at 16, mostly out of boredom. I scored high on my GED and went into the service at 18. I've been to college 3 times, probably have enough credits for a B.S. degree, but can't cobble the three together to have an official degree. I grew up relatively poor, never learned about money, never made a lot of money, so I have very little money, just how my life went.
There is so much more to me at age 62 than I can write here, and probably more that you want to know, lol. I think I've given you a little insight as to who I am.
I'm at a tipping point where I can get my mouth structurally sound. If I don't act now, it will be dentures soon, and it will still cost about the same with a much inferior result. The plan includes, reshaping my jaw with a temporary partial, crowns and then permanent upper and lower partials. I'm also very impressed with the doctor, he listened to me, he understood my financial situation. I can already highly recommend Dentists of Arden. it's in a very nice neighborhood, he left a practice in a nicer neighborhood to start his own practice. it's a very new and modern office including digital x-rays etc. I asked the doctor if I could have a nice smile for the first time in my life, not looking for a Hollywood smile with caps, implants etc, just a "normal" smile. He said yes, this plan will do that. Unfortunately it's $10,000 give or take.
Once again, any help will be greatly appreciated. The first "forms" to realign my jaw are at the dental lab, this is happening,
I gonna smile proudly for once in my life!
- Karen L Paulson
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