The Real Cost of a Fabulous Smile

By Judith Sjo-Gaber - 2011-11-10T22:59:46Z

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While "Snaggleteeth" -- a fang-like look -- is trendy in Japan, crooked teeth may not be healthy. Dr. Michael Rogers, an orthodontist and president of the American Association of Orthodontists, says straight teeth are easier to clean, reducing the risk of gum disease. According to the American Association of Orthodontists, orthodontic care among U.S. and Canadian adults was up 22% from 1996 to 2010.

$6,500: Invisalign teeth straightening process including Vivera retainer therapy -- expect to use the treatment for 9 to 21 months, followed by at least two years of Vivera retainer therapy.

Pro treatment running tally: $6,500

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